Postgraduate Masters further FAQs How often do the Masters Programmes run? All our Masters programmes run once a year, commencing in late September. Courses for the 2008/2009 academic session will commence on Monday, 22 September 2008. How long are the programmes? Our Masters programmes run for twelve months, between September and September each year. Can I do any of the programmes part-time? Unfortunately not, all our Masters Programmes are full-time twelve month programmes. What are the academic semester dates? The academic year dates for postgraduate students can vary according to the programme you are studying. Your School will notify you of your session dates however the academic year starts with enrolment in late September and concludes at the end of the following September. The taught element of the programme ends at the end of May, to allow students to build on their work through a period of sustained research, reflection and writing-up. During this period (June to Mid September), it is the students responsibility to use the feedback they will have had prior to that date to put together the final dissertation. How do I apply? There are two ways in which you can submit your application; online or by completing a paper based application form. Information on how to apply can be found at www.cf.ac.uk/for/prospective/pg/apply/sendingapplication/index.html Is there a deposit? No. We do not charge a deposit. When will I hear about my application? Students will receive confirmation of the outcome of their application in writing via Registry, once the School has made their decision. All applicants are contacted in writing, whether or not they are successful. Will the School keep me informed of my application status? Applications are considered on a "rolling" basis, and the School will normally contact applicants within 5 working days of receiving their application. What are the course fees? The tuition fees for the 2008-2009 academic session can be found at http://www.cf.ac.uk/for/prospective/pg/study/pgstudyfees/index.html. What is the cost of living? The Minimum cost of living is £7,520 for a 12 month course. This is a minimum cost based on a single student living in University-owned self-catered accommodation. This estimate includes accommodation, daily subsistence, local travel, clothing, insurance and study-related items. Cardiff is one of the cheapest cities in the UK. In a recent newspaper campaign it was discovered that Cardiff is the most cost-effective of all the old University cities. This means that your money will go substantially further than in other places in the UK. When is the deadline for applications? The MA programmes do not have a fixed closing date for applications, we simply stop considering applications once the courses are full. Once a course is no longer accepting applications, this will be indicated on the postgraduate web-pages (www.cf.ac.uk/jomec/degreeprogrammes/pgmasters/). It is advisable to submit your application form as early as possible in the academic year, particularly if you are applying for sponsorship, studentships, or scholarships. Applicants wishing to be considered for one of the School’s Scholarships must have been offered, and accepted a place by June 2009. Can I defer my admission? Successful applicants may defer their entry on one occasion only. Applicants should contact the school as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to commence the course on the required date. Applicants wishing to defer for a second time would need to submit a fresh application. How do I schedule a visit? We welcome visits from prospective students throughout the year. If you wish to arrange a personal appointment, you should contact the relevant course coordinator directly. Contact details can be found at www.cf.ac.uk/jomec/degreeprogrammes/pgmasters/ Are there any exhibitions in my country? The International Division arranges a series of international visits throughout the year. For further information and to see when we will be visiting your country please visit: www.cf.ac.uk/for/prospective/inter/study/howtoapply/exhibitionsandvisits/index.html Is there much private accommodation available for students who want to live away from the main campus? Yes. Cardiff is fortunate to have plenty of private accommodation which is available to students, particularly in the Cathays and Roath areas of the city. For more information about private sector accommodation in Cardiff, please visit the residences division webpage at www.cf.ac.uk/for/prospective/pg/life/accommodation/. When will I receive information about accommodation? Once you have received an offer to study you can make your application for University residences online. However, allocation will not be made until the Residences Office receives confirmation of your unconditional offer to study. Further information is available at: www.cf.ac.uk/for/prospective/residences/postgraduate/introduction/introduction.html. How can I request a brochure? The School Brochure can be downloaded from www.cardiff.ac.uk/jomec/degreeprogrammes/pgmasters/. Alternatively, you can request a brochure by contacting the Administrative Assistant by email at email@example.com or by telephoning +44 (0)29 2087 4000 Ext 77161. What computer support will I receive while at Cardiff? Throughout your time at Cardiff, you will be required to use computers for a wide range of activities including research, assignments and communications. Regular IT Support classes will be provided during the first semester, to those identified as requiring support, to help you become more familiar with computers and key software packages. The classes are compulsory and are designed to complement the activities on the MA programmes. Programme Specific Where might I work after the course? Our students move in to an array of different jobs after completing their MA. Many return to their country of origin and / or begin jobs with NGOs (e.g. Amnesty; Oxfam), broadcasters (BBC; NDTV; Reuters), PR firms etc. Many remain in education after their MA and pursue further study. Where are the students from? The school has a well established tradition of welcoming postgraduate students from overseas. There are over 170 students from 40 countries on our MA programmes this academic year. Can I see students' work? A sample of previous students’ dissertations can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jomec/degreeprogrammes/pgmasters/dissertations/. What do students say about the course? “Cardiff University’s MA in International Journalism redefined my career pathway transformed my world view and tossed me into a new frontier of knowledge. The programme is compelling in its rigour and scope. Our class of 60 students from all races, cultures and persuasion was a veritable mini- UN and in effect took me places in the world that I have never physically been to." Sam Rambaya - MA International Journalism 2006/7 “I chose Cardiff mainly for three reasons. It was the only British university offering a Master’s degree in International Public Relations. Cardiff also ranked 7th in the top 100 universities in UK at the time. My former Dean of Studies from my undergraduate university in Ghana also had very excellent recommendations about Cardiff, and JOMEC in particular. I found the MA International Public Relations course to be a thoroughly exciting learning experience. The tutors are world class professionals and tuition is highly practical and very relevant to the PR profession; the pitches and case studies were real issues of the day and very relevant globally. Each assignment offered a new challenge and added to the learning curve. Every one of the MAIPR class was like a miniature UN session. My classmates came from all over the world. I made wonderful friends and learnt a great deal about different cultures in such a short space of time. It has been a fantastic learning experience. “ Effie Ansah - MA International Public Relations 2007/8 “The MA IPR course has exceeded my expectations. Led by a highly experienced and motivational team, it has been an interesting and useful mix of theoretical and practical, taught, mentored and independent learning. It has also proved to be an invaluable networking opportunity, giving me a head start building up a premium contact list for my future career.” Charli Beale - MA International Public Relations 2006/7 Cardiff University offered everything I was looking for in a master’s degree programme and more. As a professional journalist, I looked for an academic degree that would enable me to reflect on my practice and that of my colleagues around the world. The journalism studies degree was a perfect fit for that reason. It was also important for me to attend a university that prioritises research. The JOMEC faculty members have conducted excellent research and are leaders in the journalism studies field. We learn from the best academics in the world, however, they always remain accessible to the students. Individual modules expose students to the evolving field of journalism studies and provide an excellent foundation for the students’ research projects. Finally, Cardiff University and JOMEC in particular offer a diverse staff and student body from which to learn. Here, I have met people who taught me not only about how journalism is practiced in countries around the world, but also about their individual cultures. The experience has been rich in ways I could not have imagined. When I leave Cardiff University, I will not only have a master’s degree but lasting friendships that span the globe. Shelley J. Thompson - MA Journalism Studies 2007/8 “Having been a journalist for many years, I came to Cardiff University for an MA in Journalism Studies to improve my future chances in this career. I got more than I bargained for. I am so empowered, now nothing can stand in my way. Any journalist worth his salt should get this MA.” Anne Gachiri - MA Journalism Studies (2006/7) “I choose to continue my studies at Cardiff due to its international reputation. The MA course was flexible and offered a range of modules which ensured I could pursue and deepen my own personal areas of interest. The course has provided me with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the political content of the mass media and the effect this has on audiences. The staff who taught on this course and JOMEC admin staff were all extremely helpful and friendly. The lecturers are all experts in their areas and I had no hesitation in approaching any of them if I was having any problems. My classmates came from all over the world. This ensured I now have an understanding of how the media functions in other places. Due to the fact our class was relatively small we all became good friends and ensured we all enjoyed the course together!” Kerry Stinson - MA Political Communications 2007/8 Are the courses accredited? The MA International Public Relations is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (http://www.cipr.co.uk/). Our postgraduate diploma programmes are also accredited by the relevant industry bodies. Will I get any work experience on the course? The MA International Public Relations programme will, from this coming academic year, be pioneering a world placement programme, giving students the opportunity to gain some work experience in locations over the world. Those wanting to gain work experience within the UK media industry should consider our postgraduate diploma programmes How many places are available on each course? There is no set limit. Applications are dealt with on a rolling basis and if an applicant can meet the required criteria and demonstrate a keen interest in the programme through their personal statement then a standard offer will be made.