About the programme

The Master of Journalism (MJ) course is a one-year full-time or a two-year part-time course. Students learn the core skills of journalism—reporting and writing, television and video production, media law and ethics, and new media. Students also have the opportunity to take elective courses in a broad range of subjects from business and finance to public health to digital media. Candidates shall complete no fewer than 60 and no more than 72 course credits.

Please visit the Admissions page here to learn how to apply.


The JMSC’s network with leading international media organisations has helped build one of the most dynamic journalism internship programmes in the world. To find out more about internships with the JMSC, click here.

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Syllabus, course descriptions and regulations

Course list 

Compulsory courses

  • Reporting and writing
  • Digital journalism principles and tools
  • Video news production
  • Media law and ethics
  • Master’s project (Capstone)

Core courses (Reporting and writing)

  • Long form and feature writing
  • Covering China
  • Reporting global affairs
  • Interpreting and using business journalism in a global era
  • Global financial journalism

Core courses (Digital and data)

  • Fact-checking tools and techniques for journalists
  • Data skills
  • Data journalism
  • Digital media entrepreneurship
  • Social media analytics for journalists
  • Research methods for media studies

Core courses (Visual and audio)

  • Advanced video storytelling
  • Motion graphics for journalists
  • Writing and producing for TV news
  • Documentary film appreciation
  • Documentary video production
  • Podcasting and audio news
  • Online magazine production

Elective courses

  • Readings in China media and society
  • Journalism internship

Provision of feedback

We believe that detailed and timely feedback on student assignments is a critical component of an active learning environment founded on continuous assessment. Therefore, the JMSC requires course instructors to return all student work submitted for assessment, including weekly tutorial assignments, media projects and exams, to the student with written comments as well as a grade. Weekly tutorial assignments should be assessed and returned to students within one week of the submission deadline. Other assessment tasks such as exams or media projects should be returned to students with detailed comments within one month of submission. Feedback on oral presentations or group projects may be delivered orally or in writing.