Postgraduate MA

International Journalism for Digital Media





One year

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

From the BBC’s ‘Breaking News’ stories shared on social media to Al Jazeera's podcasts published on their website, foreign correspondence professionals are taking advantage of digital technology to reach diverse audiences.

On this course, through either full-time or part-time study, you’ll learn how to think and act like an international journalist.  

Applicants from different walks of life join our course: you don’t have to be a journalism or media course graduate. Just show your engagement with news, experience in journalism or passion for reporting and we will be delighted to offer you a place once you have met all other criteria such as English language proficiency as set for your course.      

Once you have graduated and gone into the open world of the highly competitive media environment, the skills and practical knowledge gained in the course of the study can not only open doors to jobs in journalisms, but be an eye-opener to new opportunities.

Our graduates have not only upscaled their careers but sometimes ended up in jobs they never dreamed of. One of our graduates is a TV anchor on a national TV channel in Indonesia, while another one runs a high-profile news website on the polar regions and the Artic marine life while travelling on icebreakers with North Pole and Antarctic expeditions. It seems that the possibilities in the realm of the media can be endless in an international context – something increasingly recognized by UK-based students who are joining our course in ever-increasing numbers.

One of the job clinchers generate by our course will be your portfolio of journalistic work to showcase your skills and abilities in front of an interviewer or prospective employer.

You can also explore various forms of journalism (print, broadcast or online) either in reporting or management roles, public relations, researchers, media analysts and advisers all either working in this country or abroad. Journalists could work as UK-based foreign correspondents travelling abroad or full-time in overseas postings.

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Continue reading to understand more about this MA International Journalism for Digital Media course. If you are looking to work in the UK and are seeking an NCTJ accredited programme, you might also be interested in our MA Journalism (News/Broadcast/Sport) programme. 

International applicants: Please check the international intakes page for the latest information and application details.

You will:

  • Study at our MediaCity campus, which is the media hub of the north, home to the BBC and ITV northern headquarters
  • Be mentored by our well-connected and experienced broadcast and digital journalism practitioners
  • Experience a real-life environment of digital newsrooms, and use our state-of-the-art TV and radio studios
  • Explore specialisms such as foreign affairs, health and science reporting, business and finance writing or data journalism
  • Network with industry through our special events and live brief journalism projects

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You’re looking to gain practical experience, explore international journalism specialisms, or learn online journalism skills.


You’re acting on pursuing your true passion for journalism and intend on changing your career or switching sectors.


You need to study flexibly, as with our part-time option you can complete this postgraduate degree within three years.

Course details

All about the course

Throughout this postgraduate course, our well-connected lecturers will arrange for you to interact with industry through guest lectures, events such as Nations and Regions: Media Future, and facilitated workshops.

In the final semester, your focus will be on your Major Project, which gives you the option to deliver a dissertation or journalistic practice-as-research project.

You can read about the modules in detail below. 

For the part-time route you would study: 

Year one:

Global Perspectives on Journalism (30 credits)

Journalism Practice in a Multimedia Newsroom (30 credits) OR one of a choice from optional 30 credit modules 

Year two: 

News and Ethics (30 credits)

Specialist Journalism Practice (15 credits) PLUS one of a choice of optional 15 credit modules

Year three: 

Major Project (60 credits)

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Full time: Trimester one

Global Perspectives on Journalism

The module will examine the role of journalism in the world of digital media and the challenges for media organisations to adjust to the new technologies and working practices. From the birth of citizen journalism to the ‘death of the newsroom’, each week will look in detail at a current ethical, legal, editorial or industry issue and put it in an international context. During accompanying workshops, you will test the established principles of journalism in new global situations induced by the technological revolution and new working practices.

News and Ethics

This module is designed to help you to become effective news gatherers and to be able to write accurately, fluently and incisively in news reporting, while being acutely aware of the ethical obligations and professional standards expected of the 21st century journalist and laid down in industry codes of practice. 

Full time: Trimester two

Journalism Practice in a Digital Newsroom

Latest surveys show that editors still expect solid core journalistic skills: the ability to write tight, accurate copy, to assess and verify sources and information, and to tackle complex stories within challenging timeframes. This module will practically teach exactly that: to be able to operate in any newsroom environment as part of a fast-paced team, and to assume a range of roles in creating quality content to a narrowly defined brief. We will take you through a series of newsdays in different formats, generating stories for radio, TV and online.

Specialist Journalism Practice

This module will concentrate on several specialisms valued by employers: war reporter, international affairs and politics, business and finance, social affairs, health and science, and photojournalism. It will focus on building practical and professional portfolios and on setting up foundations for Major Project practice-as-research in semester three. The last four weeks of the module will be field work in a chosen specialism.

You will choose one of the following 15 credit modules: 

Developing Audiences

You will focus on developing audiences for digital journalism across a wide range of formats and platforms, including features, infographics, audience analytics, print design and layout, and new technologies such as AI for journalists. This will support the creation of a mixed media assessed portfolio of online and social media outputs, a written feature and print pages.

Digital and Social Media Journalism

You will develop an advanced understanding of digital and social media journalism and the skills needed to create multimedia content to a professional standard for a range of platforms for an assessed portfolio. You will employ a range of lawful and ethical newsgathering techniques and news writing skills for online and social media publication. You will develop essential skills such as interactive content creation, subbing headline writing and SEO.

Sport News

You will develop sport journalism skills, particularly in a live environment, together with an advanced understanding of the role of journalists within sport and the different audiences for sport across delivery platforms. This will support the creation of an assessed portfolio of mixed-media sport outputs with rationale.

You may choose to take one of these 30 credit modules instead of the Journalism Practice in a Digital Newsroom module: 

The Secret State

Since the late-nineteenth century, Britain has faced a number of threats to internal security. This module uses newly available primary documents to examine the British government’s response to terrorism, espionage and subversion from the formation of Scotland Yard’s Special ‘Irish’ Branch in 1883, set up to combat Fenian terrorism, to the present-day counter-terror activities of the British Security Service (MI5) and police. In addition, the module explores how the British state has altered to meet individual threats, with sessions devoted to the Official Secrets Act, vetting and anti-terror legislation, looking at their impact on British political life and culture.

Middle East and Terrorism

This module offers the chance to develop an understanding of the scope and nature of terrorism as it related to the Middle East. You will develop the ability to differentiate between varying forms of terrorism in relation to the political and societal context from which they originate and the differing domestic, regional and international responses they provoke.

Security and Strategic Studies

This module considers the complex relationship between politics, strategy and security. You will examine traditional and enduring topics such as the dynamics of war, terrorism, nuclear deterrence and weapons proliferation, as well as non-violent security concerns such as environmental degradation and international trade and economics. The module provides the opportunity to explore key historical and contemporary issues in strategic and security studies, by applying the theoretical and conceptual tools of strategic and security studies to real-world examples.

Contemporary Security, Intelligence and Terrorism

On this module, you will be provided with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the issues raised by recent and current practices in security, intelligence, terrorism and counter-terrorism. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of research and analytical techniques applicable to the examination current conceptual and practical developments in security, intelligence, terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Terrorism in Europe since 1945

On this module, you will be led through discussions and analyses of many of the major terrorist and counter-terrorist campaigns seen in Europe since 1945. The module has a comparative element, and will provide students with an advanced understanding and critical awareness of the current state of scholarship on this field of study.

Conflict and Development

As the Cold War ended, optimism for more peaceful and secure world was dampened by the prevalence of widespread political violence, most commonly in the form of civil war. On this module, you will be focusing on civil and war and be provided with a comprehensive introduction to the study of conflict and development, examining the core debates within the field. You will learn how to analyse, the root causes, dynamics and consequences or armed conflict, with an understanding of how conflict interacts with development and prosperity.

Full-time: Trimester three

Major Project

You will complete either a traditional academic dissertation or a ‘practice as research’ project. This allows you to demonstrate your in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject and showcase your advanced skills in research and critical analysis and evaluation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


As part of this International Journalism masters, your timetable will include a breakdown of your scheduled lessons with timeslots for you to explore your independent research interests.
Your classes will be based at our MediaCityUK campus.

Our technical demonstrators will teach you the skills needed to use our specialist journalism suites including newsrooms, TV and radio studios.

Your lecturers will teach you through a range of methods including lectures, presentations, seminars and workshops aimed at developing your understanding of the theory and practice of international and online journalism.


Once you’ve completed your modules, you’ll be awarded with a number of credits that’ll eventually contribute towards your overall finished award. These grades can be a fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Our assessment methods include reviewing your academic and practical response to modules.

You’ll be assessed on production exercises and portfolios of work, response to practical media projects, peer reviewing, research and essays, presentations, work-based learning diaries and reports, as well as your dissertation or major project supported by substantial self-reflection


Our MediaCity facilities are industry-standard, so much so that they are used by our industry partners themselves.

When you study a postgraduate Journalism degree with us, you’ll learn from our experienced tutors and demonstrators, who’ll teach you how to use our facilities. These include:

TV News studio - a state of the art news set, including three HD cameras with teleprompters.  This studio also can link up to the other two TV studios in the building based on the ground floor, enabling live feeds. 

TV studios - our TV studios have been used by the BBC for a variety of broadcasts, such as the Olympics and Christmas music concerts, and they’re equipped with the same audio-visual systems used by the ITV and Sky too. 

The studios have green screen facilities as well as basic props so you can design and build sets for a range of projects. 

Newsroom - you’ll use this space as a hub to simulate a full working day in a newsroom, covering breaking stories. Software available includes Avid iNews, Avid NewsCutter, Adobe Audition and QuarkXPress, all of which is used by the industry. 

Radio studios - we can offer you three cutting edge studios which have been used for live contributions to shows on talkSPORT and Capital. 

Finishing and editing suites - these allow you to learn and excel in all elements of post-production work. They feature 4K monitors and 5.1 surround sound systems, so you can pick out all details of your work as you create your masterpiece, as well as all the software you’ll need and use when you start your career. 

Explore our Journalism facilities at the University of Salford


All our Journalism courses are delivered by the  Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.  

Each year - through the Create Student Awards and the Journalism Awards – our school rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our undergraduate and postgraduate students.  

Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it. 

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What about after uni?


Graduates of our Digital Journalism masters can enter careers in various forms of journalism, including print, broadcast or online. You could work in reporting or management roles, public relations, research, or media analysis, both in this country or abroad. As a journalist, you could work as a UK-based foreign correspondent travelling abroad or full-time in overseas postings.

As well as that, during your time studying, you’ll build a portfolio of work that can be shared with potential employers, as well as develop a number of highly sought-after transferrable skills. Employers are always interested in candidates with strong research, development and delivery skills, as well as the ability to present ideas to a professional standard, all of which you will have used during your studies.

We’ve seen graduates from this course go on to do incredible things in their careers, including one graduate who is a TV anchor on a national TV channel in Indonesia, and another who runs a high-profile news website on the polar regions and Arctic marine life, regularly travelling on icebreakers with North Pole and Antarctic expeditions.


Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further academic research path through our doctoral (PhD) programmes on a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal.

Career Links

This course is based at MediaCity, with the BBC and ITV studios next door, and our students benefit from the strong relationships that our journalism courses have developed with the regional press as well as local radio and TV stations over the years. Our links with media education establishments abroad and with international organisations and global media outlets keep our graduates in touch with the pulse of the industry and up to date with the latest trends to keep them at the top of employability in the media sector.


What you need to know

10 questions to help you prepare your International Journalism personal statement (of 500 words max.)

  1. Do you have a passion for journalism, and can you demonstrate it?
  2. Why do you want to be a journalist and where do you want to work in the future?
  3. Who is your journalistic role model and why?
  4. What experience do you already have in journalism?
  5.  What is the best piece of journalism you have produced so far? (if you can, provide a link).
  6. Are you engaged with news and current affairs in an international dimension?
  7. What are the key issues affecting journalism right now?
  8. How will the media industry change in the years ahead and what role do you hope to play?
  9. Why do you want to study at the University of Salford?
  10. What aspects of our course appeal to you and why do you think it is right for you?

Once we have processed your application we will be in touch with next steps. 

Standard entry requirements

Standard entry requirements

You'll need a good honours degree (2:1 or above). 

International students

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need overall IELTS 6.5 with no component below 5.5. We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £8,820.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £16,380.00per year
Part-time 2024/25 Part time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,100.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £17,000.00per year
Part-time 2025/26 Part time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for International Students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Explore our international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025