Year 2 // Living and studying in Swansea

War, Conflict & Beauty of Nature

War, Conflict & Natural Beauty

Students choosing the specialisation 'War and Conflict' will be studying for the second year at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom. Students will gain a comprehensive analytical toolkit to understand and analyse war, conflict and development in different global contexts through carefully selected modules.

Swansea University was established in 1920 and is located just three hours from London. The Singleton Campus is set between acres of green parkland and miles of sea and sand. It is a stunning location, just a couple of miles from the city centre and on the edge of the beautiful Gower Peninsula, beaches and countryside.

The social life at Swansea University is regularly voted one of the best in the the UK.

Studying in Swansea

Swansea University

Swansea University was established by Royal Assent (as University College of Swansea) in 1920. The University offers degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research level.

Located just three hours from London, Swansea University, located in south-west Wales, UK, is a top 30 UK research institution.

The Singleton Campus is set between acres of green parkland and miles of sea and sand. It is a stunning location, just a couple of miles from the city centre and on the edge of the beautiful Gower Peninsula, beaches and countryside.

Swansea's thriving academic community is made up of almost 16,000 students, of which over 2,500 are postgraduates, studying a wide variety of subjects. Swansea's multicultural campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities to gain skills that last a lifetime. The University was voted the overall Best University in the UK in the WhatUni.com Student Choice Awards 2014.

Media, Communication and PR

At Swansea, our teaching and research explores the history, theory and practice of media, film, journalism and public relations. Research is developed through the two main groupings of European Film and Identity, and Media History, Theory and Technology, together with overlapping clusters exploring Journalism and Welsh Media.

Our degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels cover print, broadcast, film and new media and include tuition by industry professionals.

The student body is diverse and international. Swansea University Students on the Erasmus Mundus MA Journalism, Media and Globalisation programme benefit from a calibrated mix of theoretical and practical inputs and a host of visiting speakers from senior levels of the media industries and government.

The programme also has a close working relationship with One World Media which provides workshops and grants for young journalists and students based in the UK to help them cover a story in a developing country. Media Studies in Swansea University received a 100% score for overall satisfaction in the National Students Survey 2015, emerging as the highest ranked in the UK. 

The Swansea modules

Module 1 // Risk Reporting // 10 ECTS examines the role the media play in the social construction of risk through case studies of the reporting and representation of war conflict and environmental issues across the globe.

Module 2 // Terrorism, Conflict and the Media // 10 ECTS explores various issues associated with the coverage of terrorism and political conflict. It considers theory and case studies; the framing and portrayals of Islam; the role played by social media; peace journalism; the 'national interest' and ethics. The module aims to enhance theoretical understanding of issues in the media’s coverage of terrorism and conflict, and encourages the incorporation of theoretical and analytical insights into the practice of journalism.

Module 3 // Digital War // 10 ECTS critically explores the impact of digital technologies. The module explores the uses of digital technology in contemporary conflict, beginning with the 1991 Gulf War which showcased post-Vietnam technology and established a new model of military and media management. It explores how this model was reapplied in Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003) and how, with the Web 2.0 revolution, informational control broke down. A new mode of ‘participative war’ emerged, as seen in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. The module examines recent political events and their digital mediation. It also considers how developments such as Wikileaks, unmanned drones and cyberwar have impacted upon global conflict, explores new developments in state and non-state online informational and troll warfare and considers emerging technologies such as soldier-systems, exo-skeletons, robotics and artificial intelligence and their possible future military impact.

Master Thesis // 30 ECTS allows students to develop their knowledge and critical understanding of journalism through a sustained piece of independent academic study on a subject of their choice within the field. The dissertation enables students to engage in in-depth research on a topic of their choice subject to the approval of the Department.

Living in Swansea

Cosmopolitan, convenient, contemporary - Swansea is a modern city with a maritime feel. Living here brings you all the urban benefits of living in a city and all the recreational enjoyment of living by the sea.

From the Maritime Quarter with its beautiful marina scenery, exhibitions, places to eat and the beach beyond; to the town centre with its shops, multi-screen cinema featuring the latest film releases, bowling centre, museum, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and the Grand Theatre which presents live performances all year round and is one of Britain’s finest regional theatres; there is always plenty to do.

At night, the city comes to life with its wide choice of clubs, bars and restaurants, many situated in the vibrant Wind Street, and the nearby village of Mumbles with its famous pub mile!

The University Campus is set between acres of green parkland and miles of sea and sand. It is a truly stunning location, just a couple of miles from the city centre and within easy reach of the beautiful Gower countryside and beaches. Founded in 1920, Swansea’s thriving academic community has approximately 12,000 students, of which over 2,000 are postgraduates, studying a wide variety of subjects.

For sports enthusiasts the university's modern sports centre includes a fully equipped gym, multi-purpose sports hall, squash courts and a climbing wall. Next to this you will find our state-of-the-art 50 m Wales national pool. Outdoor facilities include rugby, football, lacrosse, cricket pitches and tennis courts. In addition, surfing and canoeing conditions on the Gower beaches are excellent.

For Arts enthusiasts the Taliesin Arts centre, based in the heart of campus, offers a lively programme of drama, dance concerts and an eclectic mix of films, including award winning foreign language titles not usually shown in mainstream cinema.

What makes the city of Swansea so easy is its manageable size. Nothing is too far away from the centre. Regular buses run to and from the city centre and good coach, rail and motorway connections provide excellent links to many other cities in the UK. Swansea is ideally located for travel. A train from Swansea to London takes only 3.5 hours and you can take a ferry to Cork.

For further details please go to the following websites:

City & Country of Swansea | Swansea Bay

The Swansea vibe

For those interested in war reporting and developing nations, Swansea offers a calm and idyllic base to reflect on the pressing issues facing journalists in these fields. Lecturers at Swansea have extensive experience reporting from, living in and reflecting on development and war in various parts of the world. 

However, while lecturers understand the rigours involved with foreign correspondence and journalism work in the field, they encourage students to take a more reflexive approach to their work. Emphasis is put on developing a deep understanding of the context surrounding geopolitical events, war, conflict and the role of the media in all of this. Mundus Journalism students will thus be expected to complete a thesis that requires they engage with journalism at this analytical level, rather than being dispached for reporting. 

The course is intensive and requires the full attention of students. But on the flip side Swansea with its small town, cosy feel lends itself for weekend trips to the seaside, exploring the coast of Wales and getting the fresh air needed to focus on studies. Students surely won't find themselves short of inspiration during their time in this coastal Welsh city.

The Swansea network:

Dr. Richard Thomas | Britain | Senior Lecturer + Mundus Journalism Programme Director
William Merrin | Britain | Senior Lecturer
Fred Bonatto | Brazil/Italy/USA | Alumnus + Swansea-based photojournalist + Mundus Journalism photo-coordinator