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Science Journalism  MA

Overview

The MA in Science Journalism at City University London gives you a thorough grounding in the best practices in health, science and environmental journalism, whilst teaching you to be a critical consumer of scientific information.

Connie St Louis, Programme Director, talks about the importance of Science Journalism MA - the only one of its kind in the UK

Throughout the MA Science Journalism course you will benefit from:

  • Academic staff experienced in science and journalism | The course is led by award-winning ex-BBC science journalist Connie St. Louis, currently Chair of the Association of British Science Writers. Other course tutors include Ed Yong, Henry Scowcroft, Dr Toby Murcott, Prof Roy Greenslade, and Paul Bradshaw.
  • Enhanced job prospects | The first group of Science Journalism MA graduates completed their studies in 2010. They are now working at organisations including the BBC, CERN, ITV, National Geographic Green and the World Health Organisation
  • Multimedia education in reporting health, science, environment and technology | The MA gives you a range of opportunities to report on science, health, environment, technology and food. Throughout the course students produce a multimedia science website Elements, along with a Twitter feed and Facebook page.
  • London location | The course makes full use of its central London location by drawing on the capital's scientific, medical and journalistic institutions, helping you to forge links, build contact networks and giving unrivaled access to leading experts.

City University London is now ranked first in the UK as Best Graduate University for Media and Communications Professionals according to LinkedIn rankings.

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Course Fees:

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

September 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • You should have an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in any subject. Considerations will also be given to mature applicants with substantial work experience in science or medicine.
  • You should be able to show that you have some relevant work experience in journalism, which might include work on a university/college publication, or work experience in either science, environmental or medical journalism.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

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

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

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
Duration:
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

The MA in Science Journalism course offers you a thorough grounding in the best practices in professional science, environmental and health journalism. It develops skills in science reporting, interviewing, science writing, research and broadcast, online and print production.

As well as enabling critical reflection on the legal ethical and societal responsibilities and to put those skills and that knowledge into practice.

The Science Journalism course takes advantage of its central London location by drawing on the rich heritage of the capital's scientific and medical institutions, helping you to forge links, build contact networks and enjoy unrivalled access to leading experts.

It offers a range of opportunities to report on science, health, environment, technology and food.

Throughout the year there will be regular distinguished guests to the campus to give public lectures and to work with students in small workshops.

Read the Science Journalism MA students' blog 'Elements' at www.elements-science.co.uk

Course Structure

Core modules:

  • Ethics, Rules & Standards
  • Journalism Portfolio
  • Editorial Production
  • Final Project
  • Science Reporting
  • Science Journalism, Administration & Society.

Elective modules:

  • Introduction to Data Reporting
  • UK Media Law.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for people that want to become journalists. As a result, much of your coursework for the Science Journalism MA will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation.

Some courses are taught in lecture theatres, such as Journalism and Society 1 and Media Law, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

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 tutors

Read the full 2014 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
  • Quinn, Frances, Law for Journalists, Pearson Education, 2007
  • Morrison, James, Public Affairs for Journalists, Oxford University Press, 2009
  • Wynford, Hicks, English for Journalists, Routledge, 1998

Fees

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

Funding

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

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

UK/EU students who apply for this course will be eligible for a £1,500 scholarship on a first-come first-served basis. All UK/EU applicants to this course will be automatically considered for this scholarship.

Bursaries

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.

Placements

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

Science Journalism: what next?

This journalism course is for those who want to train as professional science, environment, technology and medical journalists, and aims to prepare you for your first job in science journalism. It prepares you for a wide range of professional science journalism careers in print, broadcast and new media as well as, public relations and communication.

At the end of the MA in Science Journalism course you will be able to work in any form of science and health journalism both in specialised publications or general journalism outlets including newspapers, magazines online and the broadcast media.

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

Application Deadline

There is no formal 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.


MA Science Journalism

You can apply online. Please follow the instructions below carefully.

Please submit the following:

  1. One application form.
  2. A copy of your degree transcript. We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your university. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send us your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City University student without having supplied your degree transcript.
  3. Details of your work experience in journalism. You should be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience. 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 our course 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 or 3-minute broadcast suitable for a science, technology, medical or environmental publication (for any platform) based on an interview that you have conducted.

Selection process

  1. Application deadline
    We recommend that you apply as early as possible, as admission will close when the course is full. The first round of applications will be reviewed and shortlisted in March 2014.

Application form

Return address

Please return all application material, marked "Postgraduate Applications 2015", to: Admissions, Graduate School of Journalism, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK.