Media, Communications & International Journalism MSc

This programme combines the latest in media, communications and audience theory, and research methodologies with the production and editorial skills that are required of the modern journalist. You can apply your understanding of the role of the media in society to your own journalistic output.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • You will be taught by members of the Glasgow Media Group, which has an international reputation for pioneering research methods in media and communications.
  • The Glasgow Media Group comprises industry-trained programme-makers and the programme includes a practical element related to transferable skills for employability.
  • The city of Glasgow is the centre of the media industry in Scotland and is home to the headquarters of BBC Scotland, STV and a range of major press titles including The Herald and The Daily Record. The Media Group has strong connections with local industry.
  • Researchers from the Glasgow Media Group have presented their work globally, given expert evidence to Westminster select committees and appear regularly on the BBC and other news outlets.
  • You can choose optional courses from areas such as economics, criminology, human rights, sociology, and politics whose research is at the forefront of debates about the role of the media in society.


Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses, followed by a dissertation or research project. Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Practical skills in news-gathering and programme-making will be developed through seminars and workshops which will focus on the delivery of journalistic articles and features across media. Assessment is based on individual written essays and assignments, as well as the practical group work and individual projects.  

Core courses

  • Media, communications and journalism: Criticism and theory
  • Methods of social research
  • Practical news journalism
  • Researching audiences and the media.

Optional courses 

  • China’s international politics
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Global economy
  • Human rights and global politics
  • International relations and development
  • International relations research
  • International security and strategic thought
  • Media and democracy
  • Political institutions communication
  • Public policy and management
  • The European Union in international politics and development
  • The internet and civil society
  • The media and regime transformation in CEE, Russia and the FSU
  • Young people, social inclusion and change.

What our students say

Sheisa Sastaviana Sudrajat, Indonesia (2016-17)

Photo of Sheisa, student on the Media communications and International Journalism MSc'It has been the best decision to study at the University of Glasgow. The programme offers a wide-range of courses, from sociology to politics, which got me very much interested in many journalism activities I could be doing in the future. I find it interesting that I can have an option to choose whether I will undertake a dissertation or individual journalism project to do during the summer time as part of the final assessment for my degree. Core courses such as Researching audiences and the media and Media, communications, and journalism: Criticism and theory have given me the concept of textual analysis and critical thinking in the era of digital media. Optional courses I took, such as Media and democracy and Internet and civil society, have pointed me to a new perspective on the consequences of new media into politics. In order to support the Practical journalism course, students have access to Adobe Creative software, studio- and audio visual equipment.


For an international student studying in the UK there is an extensive range of academic support in order to help students get the best of their grades. I took an English Academic Writing class throughout the semester. I tried to take advantage of the various opportunities offered by the University to develop my skills. In addition to the learning process in the classroom, I was also given the opportunity to participate in different activities and seminars such as careers talks, interdisciplinary seminars and reading group which are very useful to support my soft skills. The most memorable moment was at the beginning of the programme when I had a chance to visit BBC Scotland for their Autumn and Winter Season Launch 2016-17. It was such a privilege for me as I watched the first episode of the new series of Still Game, the incredibly famous Scottish sitcom.

Glasgow is the best city in Scotland for music scene and history, with excellent music venues and fantastic gigs throughout the year. I’m a big fan of Glaswegians because they are friendly, funny, and always look for chance to make other people laugh. Glasgow is a very special city with beautiful parks, lovely museums, and eccentric accent. Studying here has made me feel even happier. And also, the architecture of the university's main building is just completely fascinating!'

Stephanie Docherty (2015-16)

'I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014 with a Law Degree and began working for Scottish Television (STV). I chose this programme because I wanted to study a postgraduate degree in media of some kind but I was not interested in one that was purely practical. The greatest thing about this course is that I was taught practical skills along with media theory, which made the year much more interesting and makes the course itself unique.

Since I started studying in September I have been working in the news department within STV. The University of Glasgow is highly regarded and the fact that I was studying an MSc in Media, Communications and Practical Journalism there meant I was taken seriously. During my time working in STV I have become a regular production journalist on Scotland Tonight, their current affairs show, and was even given the opportunity to be a location producer during STV’s live coverage of the Scottish Parliament Election in May 2015, a role I believe would not have been possible without participation in this course.'

Jessie Jacob (2015-16)

'My decision to leave India and come to Glasgow to study at the University of Glasgow was specifically because of the course. Most postgraduate degrees usually focus on one aspect of a particular industry but this course gave us the option to decide what facet we would be most interested in.

Previously, I had taken a diploma in Journalism but I wanted to learn more, and the practical aspect of this course really attracted me.  Some of the best things about this degree were the range of ideas and practical skills we were given the opportunity to experience.  One of my favourite classes was the Practical Journalism course which helped us look at all the different areas of Journalism (radio, broadcast, newspaper and the web).

I would definitely recommend this programme to any student who is serious about entering the Media field in either a practical or a more academic discipline. Glasgow in general is a very student-friendly place and the environment within our class with a range of students from all over the world also added to my satisfaction with the degree.'

Lewis Thomson, UK (2015-16)

'Having graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014 with an English Language degree, I was keen to develop my academic interest in the sociological theories of media and communications, while also developing my practical journalism skills. Having thoroughly enjoyed my time at Glasgow as an undergraduate, I was confident that the course would live up to my expectations, providing top quality teaching and facilities, and in this respect it has not disappointed. 

This is unique in the way in which it strikes a balance between theory and practice, creating an environment which is intellectually stimulating, while also providing access to an excellent selection of high-profile guest lecturers, and state of the art equipment. The programme can be tailored towards individual interests with the option of additional courses in politics, criminology and sociology. It also incorporates a course on the methods of social research which will prove invaluable for those students taking the dissertation or practical project options.


Over the year I have developed skills in print, online, television and radio journalism which are essential to a career in the industry. I have been offered the chance to engage in fieldwork, learning to operate audio/visual recording equipment, and the latest industry-standard software packages.  As students we have the opportunity to demonstrate our newfound skills and evaluate our performances in practical group exercises.  Given the expertise of those running the course, I have every confidence that the practical aspects of the curriculum will be reviewed year-by-year in order to remain up-to-date and reflect the ever-changing media ecology. The programme provides everything you would expect based upon the University of Glasgow’s excellent reputation. I firmly believe that the skills that I am currently developing are highly relevant and will stand me in good stead in my future endeavours.'

Career prospects

The programme is aimed at those interested in pursuing careers in the public domain (journalism, public relations, factual TV and radio, government bodies, voluntary organisations, museums) where skills in media and communications are essential. However, a working and critical knowledge of media and communications is increasingly desirable in areas as diverse as health, education and finance.

Entry requirements

2.1 honours degree or equivalent (e.g. 3.0 GPA) in sociology, politics, economics, history or related social science subject.

You should also submit a personal statement of around 300 words. This should cover two areas:

  • the degree to which your previous educational and professional experiences and interests make you a suitable candidate for the programme.
  • the motivation for applying for this programme specifically - and how the methods and insights offered by social science will help you in the development of good journalism skills and practice.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18


Home and EU
Full time fee£7250
Full time fee£16000


The University requires a deposit of £1000 to be paid by applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme.

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the MSc. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Application deadlines

  • 25 November 2016: Please apply by this date to receive a decision on your application by 16 December 2016  
  • 24 February 2017: Please apply by this date to receive a decision on your application by 17 March 2017
  • 26 May 2017: Please apply by this date to receive a decision on your application by 16 June 2017

We cannot guarantee that applications received after 26 May 2017 will be considered for 2017 entry. As we receive a great number of applications, prospective students are only allowed to apply once per year.

Classes start September 2017 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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