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MA Financial Journalism

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The MA in Financial Journalism is a unique globally-focused programme that aims to train you to work as a financial journalist for top tier international news organisations.

Key Information

Start date

September 2019

Academic year dates

Duration

Full-time: 10 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £10,200

Non-EU

Full-time: £20,400

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

If you are attracted to an exciting international career reporting on global finance, are passionate about consumer affairs, or interested in investigating money stories this is the programme for you. Most students don’t have any background in finance but are interested in working as financial journalists. The programme also attracts working journalists who want to specialise in financial journalism, and graduates with a background in the financial sector who want to work as journalists. We welcome applications from UK/EU graduates and non-EU graduates with good English skills.

While many traditional roles in newsrooms are disappearing, financial journalism is growing and our graduates are in high demand. As a student, you will work alongside your peers to report on market movements and trading statements from the FTSE100; understand global economics; and how the Hang Seng Index and Wall Street operate in funded study trips to China and New York. During the programme, which is supported by the Marjorie Deane Foundation, you will also develop a range of professional skills and knowledge needed to work in a fast-paced multimedia newsroom environment.

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 financial journalism. Supported by the Marjorie Deane Foundation the course aims to develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to work in a multimedia environment…

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.

Prerequisites

  • 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.

Other Suitable Qualifications

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

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

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 and no lower than 6.5 in any other component. Students from outside the UK might wish to apply for the International Journalism MA, which is specifically designed for a global cohort.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2019/20 are now open:

MA Financial Journalism (Full time)

When you are able to apply you will be expected to 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 institution. 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 student without having supplied your degree transcript.
  3. Details of your work experience in journalism. Applicants 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.
    1. A short personal statement (c800 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme. Include your interest and work experience in both journalism and  the financial sector
    2. A 250-word article on a topic of your choice in business or financial journalism is required, based on your own personal investigation of the topic, including an interview with someone relevant to the topic.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

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

Scholarships
Full scholarships available for our Financial Journalism students.
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in several live productions each year
During your course

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Funding

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

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.

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
  • Wall Street Journal
  • CNBC
  • Sky News
  • CityWire
  • Which Money

Additionally, several media organisations have offered dedicated paid internships exclusively to students on MA Financial Journalism course, including Argus Media and AFP, subject a separate application process. These have often led to full-time job offers.

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

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

The MA Financial Journalism is currently led by Jane Martinson, Marjorie Deane professor of financial journalism who remains a Guardian columnist and broadcaster after a long career in journalismModule tutors include Jane Fuller, co-director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and a former financial editor and Lex writer at the FT; the former Sunday Times Banking Correspondent Aimee Donnellan; Anne Senior, former editor and head of editorial learning at Reuters and Camila Reed,who has 20 years’ experience as a multi-media journalist and broadcaster.

Recent guest speakers have included Financial Times interactive editor Martin Stabe, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler, and economist Jim O'Neill. Guest lecturers from the highly rated Cass Business School also provide tuition on specialised topics in business and financial journalism.

The programme includes an online live production day reporting on the UK Budget, producing a web-based special report, and a TV production week during which you will produce a half-hour current affairs business television programme.

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 your 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

  • Journalism Portfolio
  • Editorial Production
  • Journalism Ethics
  • Fundamental Issues in Financial Journalism
  • Final Project.

Electives

  • Introduction to Data Journalism (core elective)
  • Journalism Innovation (core elective)
  • Reporting Business (core elective)
  • Reporting the Global Economy
  • Advanced Coding and Data Journalism
  • Political Economy of Global Finance
  • Global Political Economy: Contemporary Approaches
  • UK Media Law
  • Social and Digital Journalism.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

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 2019/20 are now open:

MA Financial Journalism (Full time)

When you are able to apply you will be expected to 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 institution. 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 student without having supplied your degree transcript.
  3. Details of your work experience in journalism. Applicants 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.
    1. A short personal statement (c800 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme. Include your interest and work experience in both journalism and  the financial sector
    2. A 250-word article on a topic of your choice in business or financial journalism is required, based on your own personal investigation of the topic, including an interview with someone relevant to the topic.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

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

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