MA International Journalism for Media Professionals

Postgraduate, Distance Learning

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

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  • Course type:

    Distance Learning

  • Duration:

    1 - 4 years

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Course introduction

This cutting-edge 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 break into new areas of practice and enhance your global mobility and career progression.

The flexible delivery of this unique course will 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 course starts in January and May each year. For further information, please contact or


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.

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, you’ll be able to interact with tutors and peers in person in our industry standard cross-platform newsroom and TV studio.

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.

This is a one year full-time distance learning course and is split up into three trimesters.

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

Subjects include

  • Cross-platform Journalism and Media Practice
  • Global Current Affairs across Cultures
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Media
  • Specialist Journalism (Global Business and Finance Reporting; Investigative Journalism, Documentary Film Production; Professional Media Industry Placement)
  • Professional Media Production Dissertation

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.

Graduates benefit from advanced personal development and career progression. Former students have become flagship reporters, editors, international correspondents and presenters on high profile programmes, magazines and newspapers.

This course also provides an ideal platform for further research, including PhD studies, and can serve as entry point to an academic career.

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.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your 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 are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

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.
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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