MA International Journalism for Media Professionals

Postgraduate, Distance learning

International Journalism for Media Professionals MA

This cutting-edge distance learning course will build on your professional experience and help you break into new areas of practice


This innovative distance learning degree is designed to reflect current developments in the media industry worldwide.

If you’re a journalist or work in the communications and media sector, this course will help you enhance your global professional reach, progress up the career ladder and move into new domains of professional practice.

This Master’s degree can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis, to enable you to continue to work as you study. An intensive on-campus residential week in Edinburgh is combined with distance learning and newsrooms featuring the latest technology.

This programme starts in January and May each year. For any further questions about the course, please contact (programme leader) or (course administrator).

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Mode of Study:

Distance learning


1-4 years

Start date:


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Course details

You’ll join a global community of media professionals reflecting on your current practice and expanding the scope of your expertise.

The course will build on your professional experience and directly inform and develop your daily practice with assignments that support your individual career goals.

Tutors and mentors with substantial industry experience will support you in developing leadership attributes as well as the ability to apply advanced journalistic skills across a wide range of platforms, including television, radio, online, print and social media.

Your learning will be underpinned by modern research into global journalism and media practice. 

You’ll develop the ability to analyse the industry with academic rigour and appraise political, economic, regulatory and cultural influences in different global regions.

You’ll explore innovative forms of media practice and engage with a variety of approaches to developing creative leadership and entrepreneurship.

This course will also strengthen transferable skills, including problem solving, planning, team work, time management, cross-cultural interaction and use of social media.

Edinburgh Napier University has one of the longest records for providing journalism education in the UK and has Skillset Screen and Media Academy status. This course was designed in consultation with a wide range of industry representatives and accreditation bodies.

Subjects include:

  • Cross-platform Journalism and Media Practice
  • Global Current Affairs across Cultures
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Media
  • Specialist & Investigative Journalism
  • Documentary Film Production
  • Professional Media Industry Placement
  • Professional Media Production Dissertation
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This course can be studied over one year, or spread over up to four years (12 trimesters) maximum, depending on preferred pace of study.

    You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, studio and newsroom sessions and through independent study.

  • note and pen Assessments

    There are usually two assessments on each module; one is due half-way through term and one is due at the end of term.

    If you would like to study full-time, within one year, you’ll need to study three 20-credit modules during the January trimester, and three 20-credit modules during the May trimester, and complete your production dissertation during the September trimester. Many of our former students have worked full time in journalistic jobs and have managed this.

    However, realistically this means you’ll need to invest a weekend day and a few evenings every week in your studies to keep up. So, if you’re busy with job, family life, sports and hobbies, we recommend that you spread your studies over more than one year. Roughly half of our students spread their studies over two to four years and feel they get more out of the learning experience in this way.

  • briefcase Work placement

    A professional media industry placement can be studied either during the May or the September Trimester.

  • library Facilities

    Our online learning and teaching environment includes a global virtual newsroom and enables you to interact with tutors and fellow professionals. A wide range of e-books and e-journals give you access to current relevant academic research.

    During an on-campus residential week in Merchiston, you’ll be able to interact with tutors and peers in person in our industry standard cross-platform newsroom and TV studio.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above in any discipline. We look for applicants to have relevant work experience with demonstrable interest in Journalism in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test.  The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 6.5 with no individual component score of less than 6.0.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
2018/19 2019/20
All students - per module *£868 tba
This course comprises of 180 credits, therefore the total cost is £7,812.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


You will prepare for a leading role in a range of sectors across the global journalism and media industry and be able to demonstrate a wide range of cross-platform skills to a high standard.

Graduates tell us this Masters significantly advanced their career progression and personal development. Former students have an outstanding success rate of finding attractive employment, as flagship reporters, editors or international correspondents for high-profile media around the globe. Some are also communications experts for international organisations.

This Masters also provides an ideal platform for further research, including PhD studies, and has served graduates as entry point to an academic career.

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