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Interactive Journalism  MA


The exciting, cutting-edge, one-year intensive degree is designed to train digital specialists to work in the fast-paced world of digital journalism. During this course you will train in digital skills including social media and community engagement; data reporting; and multimedia storytelling.

You will develop these online specialisations alongside essential journalistic skills of writing, reporting, newsgathering, interviewing and features - core elements of City's renowned Journalism MA programme.

MA Interactive Journalism is based in the Department of Journalism, which is ranked 2nd in the UK for universities to prepare for careers in journalism (QS World University Rankings 2014). 

Course Director Tom Felle talks about the MA Interactive Journalism degree


Journalism is changing to engage people more as active participants and less as passive consumers. This course prepares you for roles that reflect this change to a more interactive approach. We are passionate about what we do and our entire focus is on getting you a job. We have a 96 per cent employment record, and not just in internships, our graduates are working at the highest levels in international media organisations.


  • George Arnett, The Guardian
  • Abby Young-Powell, The Guardian
  • Nassos Stylianou, News data journalist, BBC
  • John Burn Murdoch, data desk, Financial Times

Further reading

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,875
  • Full-time Non EU: £19,000

Start Date:

September 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

You should have an upper second class honours degree in any subject. Consideration will be given to mature applicants who can demonstrate substantial work experience

A high level of numeracy and familiarity with computers and software is expected, along with English at native-speaker level.

By the start of the course, you should have gained a minimum of four weeks' work experience at professional news organisations (ideally local/regional newspapers) - OR two weeks of such work experience PLUS two weeks working in online community management and/or data journalism. It is advisable to have undertaken some such work experience before you apply. You may be required to complete the four weeks' total as a condition of an offer of a place on the course.

English Requirements

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with 7.0 in the writing component).

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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Full-time (10 months). We advise our students that they need to be available for classes and assignments from Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Course Content

This course will prepare you to work in the rapidly-changing environment of online journalism, with a focus on two key areas: data journalism and community management.

You will develop these online specialisations alongside essential journalistic skills of writing, reporting, newsgathering, interviewing and features - core elements of City's renowned Journalism MA programme. Multimedia work is geared to online publication.

Journalism is changing to engage people more as active participants and less as passive consumers. This course prepares you for roles that reflect this change to a more participatory, interactive approach.

The course has been developed with Paul Bradshaw and the course director Jonathan Hewett.

* Read articles about the Interactive Journalism MA at The Guardian and

Course Structure

Core modules:

  • Ethics, Rules & Standards
  • Journalism Portfolio
  • Final Project
  • Social Community & Multimedia Management
  • Introduction to Data Reporting
  • Advanced Data & Coding
  • UK Media Law
  • Political Headlines.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment


Tom Felle | Acting Programme Director

John Battle | Media Law

Paul Bradshaw | Online Journalism

Professor Heather Brooke | FOI and Investigations

Professor Roy Greenslade | Journalism and Society

Ann McFerran | Journalism Practice

John Burn Murdoch and James Ball | Data Journalism

Adam Tinworth and Ben Whitelaw | Social Media and Community Engagement

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Recommended Reading

Sample reading list for Journalism & Society 1

  • Belsley, Andrew, Chadwick, Ruth (eds) Ethical Issues In Journalism And The Media, Routledge, 1992
  • Hicks, Wynford, English for journalists, Routledge,1998.
  • Morrison, James, Public Affairs for Journalists, Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Quinn, Frances, Law for Journalists, Pearson Education, 2007.


  • Full-time EU: £9,875
  • Full-time Non EU: £19,000


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.


The following organisations have 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:


Work experience is an important part of Journalism training, giving you the chance to put your learning into practice and, more importantly, make contacts in the industry and enhance your employability. All students are encouraged to seek work experience while they study on this course, although this is not a requirement of the programme. This programme does not grant academic credit for any work experience undertaken.

You will have access to all the services provided by City's Career & Skills Development Service to assist you in finding work experience.

Career Prospects

Prominent alumni

We have been running Journalism courses at City since 1976. In the years since, over 4,000 students have graduated and are now working in the media in the UK and internationally.

Read alumni stories and see the full list of graduate destinations in the 25th anniversary issue of our alumni magazine XCity.


City Journalism alumni working in interactive journalism include:

  • Simon Rogers | editor, Datablog, The Guardian
  • Kate Day | communities editor,
  • Martin Stabe | producer, interactive desk
  • Conrad Quilty-Harper | data mapping reporter for
  • James Ball | interactive journalist, The Guardian

MA Interactive Journalism

 Please submit the following:

  1. One application form. You can apply online by following the link below (under 'Application Form').
  2. A copy of your degree transcript. We require one of the following: an original transcript; a copy certified by your university; 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.
  3. Details of your work experience in journalism, online community management and data. You should be able to demonstrate commitment to these areas through relevant work and/or other experience and interests. Copy and paste the details into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form. Please also provide a copy of your CV.
  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 200 words why you want to come on the MA in Interactive Journalism and what you expect to gain from it. (This replaces the "Statement in Support of Application" requested in the application form.)

    * Article 2: a 250-word article suitable for a local newspaper or website, based on an interview you conduct with someone interesting in your local area.

Application form

The first round of applications will be reviewed and shortlisted in March 2016.

Apply online for this course

Application deadline

There is no application deadline. However, places on the course are limited and we recommend that you apply as early as possible, as admission will close when the course is full.

Return address

Please return all application material, marked "Postgraduate Applications 2016", to: Admissions, Graduate School of Journalism, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK.