This is a double master's program jointly offered by Monash University, Australia and the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. This international double master's program will allow students to complete, via a two and a half year program, the full requirements of the Monash Master of Journalism degree, plus the full requirements of one of the Master of Arts degrees taught in the department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at University of Warwick. Due to the alignment of semester/term schedules, students commencing the program at Warwick may be able to complete in a minimum of two years.
The program will conclude with a joint research project, addressing the two degree study areas. Students may commence their studies either at Monash or at Warwick and also have the choice of mobility in the dissertation period so that they could return to the institution at which they started or continue at the other institution.
The research project will cover both journalism and politics, and supervision and assessment of the project will be conducted via collaboration between Monash and Warwick staff.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- strong professional research and reporting skills in a range of media technologies and formats
- the necessary skills and attributes either to enter professional practice in the news media or, for qualified journalists, to extend their existing skills and intellectual understanding of journalist practices
- an understanding and ability to contribute to the important role of professional and ethical journalism in the service of the public right to know and democratic process
- an effective understanding of the role of journalism and the media in local, national, regional and global contexts.
The Master of Journalism course at Monash is structured in two parts: Part A. Core master's study and Part B. Advanced expertise. Students in the double degree course with Warwick complete Part A and Part B of the Monash course and the requirements for one of the Master of Arts degrees offered through the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.
Part A. Core master's study
These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of journalism studies. Through a combination of academic and practice-based work, students gain a solid foundation in all production technologies - print, video, radio and online - in metropolitan, regional and international contexts.
Part B. Advanced expertise
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development.
The Monash Master of Journalism course comprises 72 points structured in two parts: Part A. Core master's study (48 points), Part B. Advanced expertise (24 points).
Students in the double degree course complete a total of 120 points equivalent, including Part A and Part B of the Monash course as outlined below (72 points), plus the requirements of the Master of Arts degree at Warwick. For Part B of the Monash course students complete a research thesis (24 points). This will be a joint dissertation of 15,000 words in total or an equivalent journalism research project which is jointly supervised by one academic from Warwick and one academic from Monash and is jointly examined by both partner universities.
Unless otherwise stated units are 12 points.
Part A. Core master's study (48 points)
While at Monash, students complete:
a. The following two units (24 points):
b. Two elective unit (24 points) chosen from the following:
- APG5099 Media innovation
- APG5135 Video journalism
- APG5182 Digital management and production
- APG5190 Global journalism: Hong Kong field school
- APG5547 Studio production
- APG5642 Investigative journalism
- APG5653 Journalism futures: New York field school
- APG5044 Professional internship
For students commencing at Monash, following the successful completion of 48 credit points toward the Master of Journalism (as above), students will then travel to the University of Warwick. Students will follow their choice of one of the Master of Arts programs offered through PAIS at Warwick, which includes a 40 CATS (credit) core module and 80 CATS of optional modules.
While at Warwick students will be enrolled in the following Monash units (48 credit points):
- ASA5006 Arts study abroad
- ASA5007 Arts study abroad
- ASA5008 Arts study abroad
- ASA5009 Arts study abroad
Part B. Advanced expertise (24 points)
On completion of the coursework component of one of the Master of Arts programs offered through PAIS at Warwick, students will either remain a further semester/term at Warwick, or return to Monash, and will complete the following jointly supervised capstone/research option (24 points):
- APG5980 Monash-Warwick University joint project (24 credit points)
Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following Monash awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during their enrolment in this master's course:
- Graduate Certificate in Arts after successful completion of 24 credit points of study toward the Master of Journalism at Monash with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above
- Graduate Diploma in Arts after successful completion of 48 credit points of study toward the Master of Journalism at Monash with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.
Progression to further studies
The jointly supervised research project will provide students with a pathway to a higher degree by research.