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MA Journalism War and International Human Rights

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This is the only programme of its kind in the country and teachers on the programme have produced seminal texts on the field of peace journalism. They also have good links with relevant bodies (MoD, CND, Peace Pledge Union, RAF, Amnesty International).

This is an innovative, practical and theoretical MA involving the
study of war reporting, international human rights and the role of
journalism in conflict resolution.

This course offers a challenging postgraduate programme of study with hands-on experience in print and online media, radio and TV. It provides a professional education in journalism, equipping graduates with the practical and intellectual skills necessary for careers in the media.

Students who are concerned with human rights and issues relating to war and peace, and who want to learn the journalistic skills necessary to communicate this to a wider public, will thrive on this course.

You will undertake the academic analysis of a range of critical approaches to the study of war and the media, journalism and conflict resolution and journalism and international human rights. Your final project will focus on a specific relevant area.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Key research areas in the department include:

  • War and the Media
  • Journalism and Conflict Resolution
  • International Human Rights for Journalists
  • Core Broadcast
  • Core Writing
  • Law and Institutions
  • Research and Professional Placement
  • Final Project or Dissertation

Days Taught

Thursday and Friday

How You Study

Teaching is conducted in a variety of ways such as seminars, lectures, workshops and individual tutorials. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will advise on academic and personal issues where relevant.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment for this programme is mainly assignment-based.

Interviews & Applicant Days

Interviews will be held either in person or by telephone

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Dr Sanem Sahin
+44 (0)1522 886012


Masters Level

Core Broadcast

You will learn the key skills to become broadcast journalists and adapt those skills to your specialist field. This module allows you to experience first hand the differences between the broadcasting and print mediums in an increasingly ‘converged’ media landscape. Radio production provides an excellent means of improving verbal communication skills for all involved.

Core Writing

You will learn the key skills required to write as journalists and then focus those skills in arts journalism. The module offers an essential introduction to reporting, researching, interviewing, news values and news writing necessary for employment in all areas of the profession.

International Human Rights (Journalism)

Integrating theory and practice, students are given a grounding in the fundamental contemporary world issues, as well as the opportunity to participate in discussions and to do their own research and writing on selected areas of conflict.

Law and Institutions

All aspects of law relating to the media with some focus on issues in science. This challenging module uses real case studies and up-to-date research to provide you with an understanding of the framework within which the industry operates, and the ethical dilemmas involved.

This module provides you with a basic appreciation of systems of power, covering national and local government structures and institutions with a further emphasis on those related to decision making in the sphere of science.

MA Journalism - Final Project or Dissertation

Dissertation, portfolio of articles, radio documentary, chapters for a book or webpages.

Students spend the final semester during the summer on self-directed learning, having already decided on the form of media product that they will produce. Each person is allocated their own tutor for support and guidance. This final project provides an opportunity to research and make an in-depth study of the student’s chosen subject. Whatever the platform for delivery, this is a challenging piece of long-form journalism that will attract the interest of future employers and prove that the student can achieve a truly high standard, reflective investigation and product at Masters level.

For those students who choose to stay on to study for a higher research degree, a dissertation provides the ultimate evidence of their ability.

Research and Professional Placement

You will be able to take up a work placement in one or several different media organisations of your choice and receive prior guidance, together with career advice. Tutors will help with research of the employment market, arrange international, national or local work placements and support students as they build their individual career profile, CV and work experience.

This module also provides methodological understanding, support and advice on the final project. You will then prepare a presentation and a written proposal for a dissertation, a documentary project, or a portfolio of articles.

War and the Media

This module will explore the history of war reporting, examining the evolution of war-making by major Western powers and the ways in which journalists have represented those conflicts. In addition, it will consider the reasons why some conflicts are marginalised, ignored altogether or given extensive coverage by the mainstream media. It will also look at alternative ways of covering conflicts (alternative websites, blogs etc).

Special Features


During term time, leading journalists give guest lectures to large audiences of undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School. Recent speakers have included John Pilger, Nick Davies, William Lewis, Libby Purves, Dorothy Byrne, Angela Rippon and Martin Bell.


You will complete a work placement at the Lincolnshire Echo and one other, either at a media outlet or at a body/NGO involved in war, peace or international human rights.

Media such as Peace News have accepted students on work attachments. Foreign students will often arrange attachments with media or human rights bodies in their home country.


You will have access to the School’s excellent facilities, including seven newsrooms.

You will benefit from the opportunity to produce material for Siren FM, Lincoln’s community radio station, based on the University campus.

Career and Personal Development

Journalism graduates’ skills specialising in war and international human rights will relate directly to roles in the media, public relations, press offices, government bodies and international organisations.

Tuition Fees

   2015/16 Entry*  2016/17 Entry*
Home/EU £6,880 £7,100
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
£4,816 £4,970
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
£5,504 £5,680
International £15,602 £15,700
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
£13,602 £13,700
 Part-time Home/EU  £38 per credit point  £39 per credit point
 Part-time International  £87 per credit point  £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Under the new scheme Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Masters qualification.


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.


For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.