Chinese Applications


The MA in International Multimedia Journalism is a single year Masters degree program based in Beijing, China. The degree is awarded by the University of Bolton, UK and it is approved and accredited by the Chinese Ministry of Education.北外-博尔顿全媒体国际新闻硕士项目是在中国北京的一年制硕士学位课程。 硕士学位由英国博尔顿大学授予,由中国教育部批准认可。

The University of Bolton has had a successful partnership with Beijing Foreign Studies University since 2010 and the MA in International Multimedia Journalism is a collaboration program which offers a unique, international approach to visual multimedia storytelling.博尔顿大学自2010年起与北京外国语大学取得了成功的合作关系,全媒体国际硕士是一个合作项目,为视觉多媒体讲故事提供了一种独特的国际化方法。


  • One year British master’s degree in international multimedia journalism, also accredited and certified by the Chinese Ministry of Education;
  • 不出国门,一年获得英国公立高校全媒体国际新闻硕士学位,确保中国教育部学位认证;
  • Professional Sino-foreign cooperation, all modules delivered in English;
  • 中外高校强强专业合作,培养全媒体英语新闻高级人才,就业前景广阔;
  • Chinese and foreign scholars and industry experts teach on the program, and Chinese and foreign students learn together in a single class.
  • 中外一流学者和业界专家联袂执教,中外学生合班学习,全英文教学。


Graduates of the project work in a range of careers. Many enter domestic and foreign mainstream media such as CCTV, China Radio International, Xinhua News Agency, China Daily, PBS, AP, BBC and The Wall Street Journal. Graduates also work as freelancers in journalism and documentary. Some graduates may work in multimedia storytelling for non-profit / charity sectors, for example, UNICEF or Greenpeace. Other students enter fields of corporate communications or education.



Sharron Lovell – Course Leader, Practical Module Leader – Sharron Lovell is a visual journalist and storyteller. Her work has been published in National Geographic books, Newsweek, The Guardian, Global Post, PBS NewsHour, ChinaFile, Politiken, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Irish Times, Forbes, The Independent, Le Monde and The Financial Times. She also works as a regular multimedia storyteller and consultant for UNICEF and non-profits. Sharron holds a BA (First Class Honours) degree in Photography and an MA Degree in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography. Sharron has led photographic workshops and training for photographers and journalists in China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, Bangkok, and Malaysia.The course has three permanent lecturers, all of whom are also practicing multimedia journalists or storytellers. Between them, they deliver the core training for all the practical skills and conceptual analysis in the course. Working alongside them are a number of highly regarded international journalists who are adjunct lecturers teaching specialized skills and discussing project ideas and editing decisions with the students.

Sean Gallagher – Senior Lecturer – Sean Gallagher is a British photographer and filmmaker who has been based in Asia for nearly a decade. His work focuses on highlighting environmental issues and crises, with a specific emphasis on developing nations in Asia including China, India, and Indonesia. Graduating in zoology from in the UK, his background in science has led to his desire to communicate important global environmental issues through visual storytelling. He is a six-time recipient of Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting travel grants and his work has received distinctions from the Earth Journalism Awards, Press Photographer’s Year Awards and Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition. His work has been published internationally, appearing in Newsweek Magazine, TIME, CNN, The New York Times, National Geographic News, The Atlantic and BBC News. He is represented by National Geographic Creative.

Yan Cong – Theory Module Leader – Yan Cong is an independent photographer based in her hometown Beijing. She focuses most of her long-term projects on women’s issues, urbanization, and China’s relations with its neighbors. Yan has received grants for her long-term projects from Oslo University College, the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography co-founded by ChinaFile and Magnum Foundation, and Guyu, a foundation founded by Tencent to support non-fiction work. She was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2016 and 2017. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally. Yan is the co-founder of a Chinese-language photo blog, Yuanjin. She also writes a monthly column about the best photojournalism work from China. Yan holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia Journalism School.

Course Founder – Dr. D J Clark – Senior Lecturer – DJ Clark is a short form multimedia journalist. He specializes in telling news stories on digital platforms using his high-level skills in text, video, photographs, audio, infographics and social media. He has worked with media organizations across the world as a journalist, trainer and multimedia consultant. He is currently a multimedia strategist for CCTV and a regular video contributor to The Economist. D J Clark researches and writes about multimedia journalism as a vehicle for social change, the subject that drives both his journalistic and academic work. He is part of the core training team of World Press Photo and runs multimedia journalism workshops throughout the world. In 2008 he gave a speech at the World Press Photo Awards on the growth of Majority World Photojournalism, based on a Ph.D. he completed in 2009 at the University of Durham that focused on photojournalism as a tool for social change in the developing world. Starting his career in 1988, D J Clark worked first as a photojournalist before moving into video journalism and later to multimedia journalism. Over the last 25 years, he has covered stories all over the world for leading newspapers, magazines, news agencies and TV stations. In 2006 he moved to China where he is now based.

In addition to core staff, the IMMJMA has a number of regular visiting guest lecturers and workshop leaders working for organizations including Xinhua, CTGN, New York Times, AFP, China Daily, South China Morning Post. 

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS / 全媒体国际新闻硕士获奖奖项(2012-2015年) 

Our graduates consistently win major international awards competing against the best in the world. In the last two years these have included:

  • 2017 – NPPA 2017 Best of Photojournalism, Multimedia Awards  for Will to Win – Berta Tilmantaitė   
  • 2017 – SOPA Award for Excellence for Bhumika Can Speak For Herself – Marc Lajoie (Multimedia Journalist and producer)
  • 2016 – Asian Environmental Awards Environmental Story of the Year  for Shipping’s Dirty Secrets – Marc Lajoie (Multimedia Journalist and producer)
  • 2015 – Human Rights Press Award for “No Good Choices” – Marc Lajoie (producer)
  • 2015 – Society for News Design Award of Excellence for “Breaking Ball” – Marc Lajoie (producer)
  • 2015 – USCET Data Journalism Competition and Awards – Winner – Hao Jingya
  • 2014 – Winner of the 2014 Smithsonian In Motion Video Contest, People Category – Biel Calderon
  • 2013 – Honorable Mention in the NPPA – Best of Photojournalism awards, Tablet/Mobile Delivery Project category – Biel Calderon
  • 2013 – Press Photographer’s Year 2013, 1st prize News – Adam Dean
  • 2013 – George Polk Award for Video Reporting – Tracey Shelton
  • 2013 – Picture of the Year International (POYi) Award of Excellence for Feature Multimedia – Tracey Shelton
  • 2013 – World Press Photo multimedia award – Yange Enze
  • 2013 – One World Media award student nomination – Olga Stefou
  • 2013 – International Center of Photography Infinity Award – Miska Henner
  • 2012 – Winner of the TV category in the WASH media awards – Berta Tilmantaitė
  • 2012 – Gold Award in the 2012 Prix de la Photographie (PX3) – Adam Dean
  • 2012 – Digital Heretics journalism award – Berta Tilmantaitė
  • 2012 – Overseas Press Club award – Best coverage in a 72-hour period of a breaking news event – Tracey Shelton
  • 2012 – Photo District News 2012 list of “30 new and emerging photographers to watch” – Markel Redondo
  • 2012 – Peabody award – Tracey Shelton


  • Enrolment for 2018 – 24 student
  • Registration Period – starts in November each year
  • Application process – application form and portfolio plus a 20-minute interview
  • Admission time – September each year
  • Academic years – One year, full time. 40 hours of study required each week. Short holidays for Christmas and Chinese New Year with no other holiday breaks
  • Programme costs – Tuition: 90000 yuan / school year; accommodation fee: 3800 yuan / school year registration fee and examination fee: 500 yuan / person.
  • Other Costs – All students must have either a video-enabled DSLR camera or separate (prosumer or above) video and stills camera, a sound recorder, a range of lenses between 28mm and 200mm (35mm equivalent), a good tripod and a few other small accessories. You will also need a laptop computer capable of video editing, software and hard disk storage capacity for working with multimedia projects. Please contact the course leader for a detailed gear guide.
  • Admission Enquiries – Course Leader Sharron Lovell Course Administrator Zhang Shufang
  1. You should have one of the following, or their international equivalents: a bachelors degree in a relevant subject; or a degree and significant professional experience in the media industry; or a degree and a relevant major multimedia journalism or storytelling project.
  2. Your application will be considered if you do not have any of the above qualifications but you do have significant experience in the field of journalism or communications and you are able to present a strong portfolio as part of your application.
  3. IELTS score of 6 or above (minimum of 6) or TOEFL score of 85 (minimum of 20), certificate of English Level 8 or Certificate 6 in English, major Not limited to.
  4. Applicants are required to provide the following application materials: a copy of a valid ID card, personal English statements, university transcripts, copies of academic qualifications and degree certificates, two Chinese or English letters of recommendation, news related works or certificates.
  5. You will be required to email or present an online portfolio of media work (one or a mix of photography, video, text articles, graphic design, audio, etc.) and examples of academic written work. Your portfolio will be discussed/assessed at interview, demonstrating your suitability and aptitude for the course.
  • An admission Committee composed of Chinese and foreign experts reviews and evaluates individual application materials and determines candidates for interview; interviews test English proficiency and understating of the journalism industry as well as a clear commitment to study.
  • Degree awarded British Bolton University, a master’s degree in media international news, the Chinese Ministry of Education certification. Inquiry URL
  • Mailing address 114 Office, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 2 West Third Ring North Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100089
  • Teaching location – Beijing Foreign Studies University English Institute




You will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and appropriate knowledge to the module content. This will include senior academic staff and you will also benefit from regular guest lectures from qualified professional practitioners.

In the first term, through workshops, seminars and short assignments students develop core multimedia skills needed to deliver short-form journalism stories on digital platforms. We teach technical proficiency without losing sight of fundamental news literacy and newsgathering skills. Writing, photography, audio, video, infographics and social media, as well as a critical understanding of contemporary trends in the new media economy, are all covered. At the end of the term, students complete a practical assignment to deliver a news story within 24 hours, using multiple media formats and social media on a digital platform.

In the second term, students undertake two long-form multimedia journalism feature stories or projects that require both an in-depth understanding of new technologies and a willingness to apply them in the context of online journalism. Projects are underpinned by relevant contextual reporting research. Half of the term is given to researching and developing the project ideas, taking into account – methodology,  audience engagement, and impact, ethics, risk assessment, as well as logistics before in-depth reporting. At the same time, students develop written proposals for the projects that can be used for professional pitches and grant applications.

In the third term, guided by course staff, students individually develop one of their second term projects into a 15-week major assignment that is accompanied by a 5,000-word dissertation that critically reflects on the context, production, and distribution of their story. We place value on channeling students in the directions they choose. This facilitates them to fine tune skills and to produce a professional-grade journalism project or story that should serve as a portfolio to launch or elevate their chosen career path.

















The MA in International Multimedia Journalism is is a single year Masters degree program based in Beijing, China. The degree is awarded by the University of Bolton, UK and it is approved and accredited by the Chinese Ministry of Education.北外-博尔顿全媒体国际新闻硕士项目是在中国北京的一年制硕士学位课程。 硕士学位由英国博尔顿大学授予,由中国教育部批准认可。

The University of Bolton has had a successful partnership with Beijing Foreign Studies University since 2010 and the MA in International Multimedia Journalism is a collaboration program which offers a unique, international approach to visual multimedia storytelling.博尔顿大学自2010年起与北京外国语大学取得了成功的合作关系,全媒体国际硕士是一个合作项目,为视觉多媒体讲故事提供了一种独特的国际化方法。

To apply for the course: 申请课程:

1) Firstly, it’s essential that you take a look at the website to gain a good overview and understanding of the program.


2) Take a look at previous student work to gain an understanding of the practical nature of the program and what students produce on the program


3) Please download the application form:


  • Please give the following details under ‘Course Title’ in section 3 of the form: “International Multimedia Journalism – MA (China) full-time”
  • 请在全媒体国际新闻 – 硕士(中国)全日制”的第3部分的“课程名称”栏目中提供以下详细信息;
  • For two sections of the application form: Personal Statement and Letter’s of Reference you may choose to have separate typed word documents instead of filling in the form
  • 申请表格的两个部分:个人陈述和参考信函,您可以选择提交Word文档,不用手写填表;
  • Please note the Personal Statement should include a little about yourself and your motivations for studying on the IMMJ program
  • 请注意,“个人陈述”应该包括一些关于你自己的情况和计划学习IMMJ项目的动机;
  • Fill the form in neatly in English, scan it and send it to Zhang Shufang 张淑芳
  • 用英文填好表格,扫描一下并发给张淑芳老师的邮件

4) Once the application has been received and approved you will be interviewed. Within two weeks of your application, you will be given a result of either, accept, fail or reapply. With reapply, you will be given the opportunity to resubmit an application later and suggestions on what you need to do to improve. Applications will be accepted until all places on the course are filled. Students will be interviewed via phone or Wechat.

4)接到申请资料后,将会安排申请者面试。 在申请者面试后的两周内,申请者会得到一个结果,接受,失败或重新申请。 重新申请后,申请者将有机会重新提交申请,并提出需要改进的建议。面试方式为电话或微信视频。

5) If you are selected for an interview, seven days before the interview you should send:


  • An electronic portfolio of your multimedia or visual journalism or storytelling work. We suggest applicants should send work via a website or other digital platforms. You may also use folders on Dropbox, please ensure that materials sent via folders are reduced for web sharing. Folders that need to be downloaded via QQ etc will not be accepted. You may also share links to work on platforms like Youtube, Vimeo or Soundcloud.
  • 新闻或传媒相关作品汇总。我们建议申请人通过网站或其他数字平台发送工作。 您也可以在Dropbox上使用文件夹,请确保减少通过文件夹发送的材料进行网络共享。通过QQ等下载的文件夹将不被接受。 您也可以共享在Youtube,Vimeo或Soundcloud平台上的链接。
  • The electronic portfolio must contain your own original work. It should contain work in the mediums you work in for example photography, video, writing graphics etc. We are looking for work of a journalistic or storytelling nature. 我们正在寻找新闻或讲故事的工作。报考资料包含您自己的作品。如摄影作品、视频作品、英文新闻稿、数据新闻作品等。作品要求真实有效;
  • We are looking for you to demonstrate a clear style and commitment to the area of study. Please edit your submission folio down to what you regard to be a few pieces of your best work.
  • 我们寻找可以清晰的展现风格的作品。请提交你认为近几年自己最好的作品;
  • Your portfolio and application materials should be well organized and selective. If the items are poorly organized you will be asked to resubmit and your interview will be delayed.
  • 你的申请资料需要整理好之后再发送。如果申请资料没有整理,将会要求重新提交,你的面试将被延迟;
  • A copy of your final BA dissertation or other research.请提交最终的学士学位论文和相关研究资料;
  • During the interview, we are looking for you to demonstrate a clear understanding of the IMMJMA program and a commitment to the area of study and a keen interest in journalism.
  • 在面试中,我们会面试申请者是否对IMMJ项目有清晰的任职,是否有正确的学习态度和对新闻的浓厚兴趣。
6) Please note, the IMMJMA requires 40-hours of study per week from September to August. There are just 5 weeks of holiday during the year-long study period and no holidays may be taken outside of the scheduled holiday periods. Students are required to attend all scheduled class sessions. Typically 2 full days each week.
6)请注意,IMMJ项目需要每周40小时的学习时间。只有5个星期的假期。学生必须参加所有的课程。 通常每周2整天。

FAQ’s / 常见问题解答

  • 问:毕业生拿到的学位是由英国大学颁发还是北外颁发?
  • 答:由英国博尔顿大学颁发硕士学位证书,中国籍毕业生能获得中国教育部留学服务中心的学位认证。
  • 问:没有英语水平证书,是否可以报名?
  • 答:没有英语水平证书,但有新闻从业经历,并能提供个人传媒作品,也可报名申请。
  • 问:学生在读期间住宿在学校吗?
  • 答:学生住宿由学校宿舍管理中心安排。学生持有校园一卡通,可以在食堂、图书馆、体育馆等场所使用。
  • 问:项目师资情况如何?
  • 答:项目由中外一流学者和业界专家联袂执教,师资均为世界知名的新闻从业者。
  • 问:获得该项目的硕士学位后,可以申请国内外的博士研究生吗?
  • 毕业生获得硕士学位后,可以按照申请国内外大学申请攻读博士研究生的规定要求,继续深造。
  • 问:该项目的毕业生就业情况如何?
  • 答:全媒体国际新闻硕士是全球化时代中外媒体急需的全媒体英语新闻高级人才,就业前景广阔,多数就职于国内主流媒体,如中央电视台、中国国际广播电台、新华社、中国日报、光明日报、南方都市报、纽约时报(NYT)、英国广播公司(BBC)、美国有线电视新闻网(CNN)、美国国家公共电台(NPR)等传媒机构。