This course is suitable for students with a firm grounding in an Arts subject, looking to specialise in the area of investigative journalism, with a view to starting a career in this field. You will have a keen interest in the media, specifically this area of journalism.
City's President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, says this about Journalism courses 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."
You will learn advanced research skills, including computer-assisted reporting to analyse data to find stories, and the effective use of public records and databases. The course provides case studies of high-profile investigations and will help you develop the skills needed to investigate issues of public concern, miscarriages of justice and companies, organisations and individuals within an ethical framework.
The course also offers you the opportunity to complete an investigation and to learn practical multi-media skills including television as well as print. This course moves swiftly from basic journalism to fully-fledged investigative journalism provided by leading investigative journalists, including David Leigh, former Investigations Editor of The Guardian, and award-winning Freedom of Information expert, Heather Brooke.
The course is practical and encourages you to develop and practice your real-world journalistic skills and techniques. Covering both print and broadcast investigative journalism, the course is ideal as a first stepping stone into a career as an in-depth researcher and journalist.
Students and graduates of this course have worked as interns at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, based at City, University of London.
As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in the industry.
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.
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:
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.
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Graduate Loyalty Discount - The School of Arts and Social Sciences offers a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.
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.
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.
Work placements are an integral part of all Journalism MA courses, giving you the chance to put your learning into practice and, more importantly, make contacts in the industry.
You are encouraged to seek work experience while you study on this course.
You will gain practical skills in our state-of-the-art digital television studio, digital editing suites, radio studios and broadcast newsrooms.
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:
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Our students have the option of taking part in a Teeline shorthand course alongside their studies. This costs £100 (refundable if you reach 100 words per minute) and runs across two terms.
Topics on the MA in Investigative Journalism range from business and financial journalism to investigations into individuals, organisations and corporations to miscarriages of justice. You will also be taught the basic essential skills required by the media industry such as producing news and feature material, interviewing, production, law, structure of government and ethics.
This course aims to prepare you for a first job in any form of journalism, including newspapers, magazines, online and the broadcast media. Investigative Journalism graduates will be especially valued in jobs which require rigorous, in-depth and advanced research and investigative skills.
Graduates of this MA are now working at organisations including:
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There is no fixed application deadline. However, applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.