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Financial Journalism

MA |
The MA in Financial Journalism is unique in its international reach. Supported by the Marjorie Dean Foundation the course aims to develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to work in a multimedia environment.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

Full-time: 10 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £10,000

Non-EU

Full-time: £19,000

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for  journalists who want to specialise in financial journalism, and for individuals with a background in the financial sector who want to work as journalists. We welcome applications from UK/EU graduates or non-EU graduates with good English skills.


Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor says this about Journalism at City

"Journalism at City began as a postgraduate department in 1976 and has developed some of the most respected MA Journalism courses in the country.  Alumni include the BBC¹s Sophie Raworth and BBC Head of News James Harding, Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan, Editor of The Sun Tony
Gallagher, Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar UK, Channel 4's Ramita Navai  and Al  Jazeera's Barbara Sheera.
Recent graduates are reporters, producers, editors and web content providers, across platforms ranging from the Financial Times and the BBC to Buzzfeed and Vice TV.  I will be inviting all former staff and alumni to join us for our 40th birthday party and to celebrate City's MA Journalism courses and their future on 9th February 2017."

Objectives

The MA in Financial Journalism is unique in its international reach and includes the chance for overseas travel. The course teaches the skills needed for finance journalism. Supported by the Marjorie Dean Foundation the course aims to develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to work in a multimedia environment.

By the end of the course, students have had extensive education in reporting business and financial news.
Students develop interviewing, researching and writing skills using state-of-the art Bloomberg and Reuters terminals, and produce their own special and exciting coverage of the UK Budget.

Through the generous support of the Marjorie Deane Foundation for Financial Journalism, the MA Financial Journalism degree offers two unique features:

  • A study abroad programme that subsidises student travel to study financial journalism in New York and Shanghai.
  • Full tuition scholarship opportunities through the generosity of the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation for both UK/EU students and overseas students from developing countries.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Consideration will also be given to mature applicants with substantial work experience in radio and/or television journalism.

Pre-requisites

  • You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Applicants that are below an upper second class degree can still apply. You may be asked to attend an interview before admission to the programme.  For overseas students, this will normally be done by telephone or Skype.
  • Rolling Admissions: students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to the course. This is a small course and places can fill up quickly. There is a rolling admission policy and students will normally be given a decision within four weeks of application. Interviews, either in person or by telephone, may be required.
  • Application deadline for Marjorie Deane full scholarships: 1 April. All students who have been admitted to the programme before 1 April will be eligible to apply for the Marjorie Deane full scholarships which cover all tuition. A limited number of these scholarships are available exclusively to students on the City MAFJ course.

Other Suitable Qualifications

As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience.

English requirements

If English is not your first language, you must get a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS English language test, including at least 7.0 in the writing component of the test. Students from outside the UK might wish to apply for the International Journalism MA, which is specifically designed for a global cohort.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2017 are now open.

You will be expected to submit the following:

  1. One application form.
  2. A copy of your degree transcript. We require one of the following: an original transcript; a copy certified by your institution; or an electronic scan of your transcript. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to submit your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript. Please also provide a copy of your CV.
  3. Details of your work experience in journalism or the financial sector. Applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to financial journalism through relevant work experience. Copy and paste the details into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form.
  4. The following two articles. Copy and paste them into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form.

Article 1: explain in not more than 250 words why you want  to study financial journalism at City, and what you expect to gain from the course. Please include relevant details of your interest and experience in both journalism and the financial agenda. (This replaces the "Statement in Support of Application" requested in the application form.)

Article 2: a 250-word article on a topic of your choice in business or financial journalism, based on your own personal investigation of the topic, including an interview with someone relevant to the topic.

Deadline for the Marjorie Deane Foundation: TBC
Deadline for the Marjorie Deane International Excellence Scholarships: TBC
Deadline for overseas applications: TBC
Rolling admissions for all other applications: Admissions is on a rolling basis and we aim to give a decision within a week of receiving your completed application form.

We suggest that you submit your application as early as possible after opening to avoid disappointment.

Unique
networking opportunities with students and alumni
Marjorie Deane
summer school in Shanghai and New York
Take part
in several live production each year

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

The following organisations have also supported students in the Department of Journalism in the past. This is not a guarantee of future sponsorship, and you are advised to check the websites of these organisations for details of future bursary and scholarship schemes:

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval. For further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation - Studentships

The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation funds several full studentships exclusively for students who have been offered places on the MA in Financial Journalism. Students must be from an OCED country and a UK/EU resident, and have been made an offer to be eligible, and a separate application has to be submitted to the Course Officer for forwarding to the Foundation, who has the sole responsibility for awarding the studentships. The studentships can cover the full cost of tuition, and discretionary living costs, dependent on need. Full details on criteria and how to apply TBC
Deadline: TBC

Marjorie Deane International Excellence Studentships

The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation is also offering a few competitive studentships to outstanding students from developing countries who wish to study on the MA Financial Journalism course. The aim is to improve the standard of financial and business reporting around the world. Students from EU countries, or countries that are members of the OECD, are not eligible.
All other students who have been offered a place on the course are eligible to apply. The selection criteria are academic achievement and promise, relevant practical journalism experience, and the potential to make a difference in their home countries. The studentships can cover the full cost of tuition. Students should submit a covering letter, CV, written statement explaining how you meet the selection criteria to the Course Officer.
Deadline: TBC

Alumni views

Manisha Jha

MA Financial Journalism Alumni Manisha Jha talks about her experiences studying at City

Placements

Many media organisations approach the MAFJ course with requests for interns.  All students are encouraged to seek work experience while they study on this course.. Internships can be undertaken full-time during the six-week winter break and the summer, as well as part-time during the spring. This programme does not grant academic credit for any work experience undertaken. Some internships, particularly those by large media organisations over the summer, are paid. Examples of the kind work experience students on this programme have successfully arranged:

  • Bloomberg
  • Reuters
  • BBC
  • Financial Times
  • CNBC
  • Sky News
  • CityAM
  • Which Money

Additionally, there are two dedicated internships from Argus Media only open to City, University of London students, subject to a successful recruitment process.

Visits to Media Organisations

Throughout the course there are opportunities for you to visit and gain inside understanding of the application process at a number of leading media organisations including: Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal.

Academic facilities

A broadcast from City's journalism television recording studio

In 2014 we completed a £12m development projects for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and were praised by the BJTC. Our facilities include:

  • a television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media simulated broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced
  • 4 radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station
  • 2 radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme
  • 2 digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
  • 2 TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Teaching and learning

The MA Financial Journalism is led by Professor Steve Schifferes, former BBC economics correspondent. Recent guest speakers have included Wall St Journal editor Gerard Baker, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler, economist Jim O'Neill, the inventor of the BRICs idea (Brazil, Russia, India and China), and David Mulford, former US ambassador to India and Deputy US Treasury Secretary for International Affairs. Guest lecturers from the highly rated Cass Business School also provide tuition on specialised topics in business and financial journalism.

The course includes two online production days on the UK Budget and Autumn Statement, producing a web-based special report, and radio and TV production weeks.

This pathway is taught by professors, senior lecturers and lecturers, with industry practitioners as Visiting Lecturers, and a number of key industry visiting speakers

Activities include lectures, practical work in groups and individually, personal tutorials, and independent learning

Assessments vary from module to module but include coursework, practical work both in groups and individually, a Final Project, and essays.

Modules

By the end of the course, you will have had extensive training in the best professional practice of reporting business and financial news, working across television, radio, print and online media.

You will develop professional skills in

  • interviewing
  • researching
  • writing news stories and features
  • you will develop an understanding of how to obtain and use key economic and financial data, using state-of-the art Bloomberg terminals.

You will have a firm grounding in corporate, financial and economic reporting, the ability to understand and manipulate financial data and to critically analyse announcements by companies and government departments.

You will also complete a final project which demonstrates their ability to write a longer piece of written journalism or a broadcast video to a professional standard.

All of our MA Journalism students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project.

Teaching hours are between Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Core modules

  • Ethics, Rules & Standards
  • Journalism Portfolio
  • Editorial Production
  • Final Project
  • Key issues in Financial Journalism.

Electives

  • Introduction to Data Reporting
  • Journalism Innovation
  • Reporting Business
  • Reporting Finance.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Financial Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Academic expert working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Ecomonics working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Economics working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Career prospects

Three quarters of our Alumni are still working in London, with others located in major financial centres like New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and Singapore. In 2014, nearly all our students had received job offers within three months of graduating from the programme.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Financial specialist PR
  • Chief Sub-editor at Financial Times
  • Sub-editor at Financial Times
  • TV Producer at Bloomberg
  • Press Officer at Commonwealth secretariat
  • Financial Advisor for the Financial Times group
  • Blogger for beyondthebrics at Financial Times,
  • Financial Times, production desk
  • Hedge Fund Manager
  • Intern at Reuters London,
  • Billionaires Reporter at Bloomberg,
  • Reporter at Argus Media,
  • Researcher/Reporter at Financial Times Hong Kong (MandateWire)
  • Freelancing for the Financial Times (Scheme Xpert, Pensions Week, Money)and EuromoneyFXNews,
  • Reporter at Silu (www.silu.com)

Applications for 2017 are now open.

You will be expected to submit the following:

  1. One application form.
  2. A copy of your degree transcript. We require one of the following: an original transcript; a copy certified by your institution; or an electronic scan of your transcript. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to submit your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript. Please also provide a copy of your CV.
  3. Details of your work experience in journalism or the financial sector. Applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to financial journalism through relevant work experience. Copy and paste the details into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form.
  4. The following two articles. Copy and paste them into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form.

Article 1: explain in not more than 250 words why you want  to study financial journalism at City, and what you expect to gain from the course. Please include relevant details of your interest and experience in both journalism and the financial agenda. (This replaces the "Statement in Support of Application" requested in the application form.)

Article 2: a 250-word article on a topic of your choice in business or financial journalism, based on your own personal investigation of the topic, including an interview with someone relevant to the topic.

Deadline for the Marjorie Deane Foundation: TBC
Deadline for the Marjorie Deane International Excellence Scholarships: TBC
Deadline for overseas applications: TBC
Rolling admissions for all other applications: Admissions is on a rolling basis and we aim to give a decision within a week of receiving your completed application form.

We suggest that you submit your application as early as possible after opening to avoid disappointment.

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