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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2021
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MA Data Journalism

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The MA in Data Journalism focuses on developing the cutting-edge skills required to work in an area of growth in the media industry.

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates

Duration

Full-time: ten months

UK

Full-time: TBC *

EU

Full-time: TBC *

Non-EU

Full-time: TBC *

Application period

From October 2020

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for students from any background with an interest in current affairs, story development and innovation.

Previous knowledge of journalism or coding is not required as the course provides a stepping stone into careers in data in the news industry and beyond.

Objectives

The MA in Data Journalism is a hands-on course designed to build skills in working with data and communicating the stories that emerge from it in a range of innovative and engaging ways.

It teaches the fundamentals of journalism, alongside data skills, coding and newsroom development techniques that underpin this exciting specialism.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Consideration may also be given to mature applicants with substantial work experience in journalism. Students whose first language is not English are advised to apply for the International Journalism MA, which is designed specifically for students from outside the UK.

Pre-requisites

Applicants must demonstrate a knowledge of news and current affairs. We expect a high standard of general knowledge relating to politics, international news, sport and entertainment.

Other suitable qualifications

As well as new graduates, we also welcome applications from mature applicants with substantial work experience in journalism or those with experience of coding who want to make the transition into journalism roles.

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 gain 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

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • 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

Once applications open you will be expected to submit the following:

  1. The MA Data Journalism Application Supplemental Information form (this can be uploaded via the personal statement upload link in the online application)
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. 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. Until a transcript has been received any offer of a place on the course may be conditional on you submitting a degree transcript confirming you have successfully completed your course. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.
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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 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

As part of our support for future journalists we have teamed up with big industry leaders (Guardian Media Group Scott Trust Bursaries,  BAFTA, the Aziz Foundation and the Marjorie Deane Foundation Trust to name a few) to provide funding opportunities to help our students fund their postgraduate studies with us. This year we hope will be no exception (though we cannot guarantee future sponsorship). We announce all our scholarships on our website.

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Work experience

We actively encourage all our journalism student to gain journalism experience during their studies with us. Professional experience is an important step in developing a career in journalism and it helps students by put their learning into practice and make contacts in the industry.
Work experiences are not formally assessed or arranged as part of the MA programme but your personal tutor may be able to advise you in suitable organisations to approach that may suit your chosen career path.

Academic facilities

A broadcast from City's journalism television recording studio

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

They include:

  • A television studio: enabling simultaneous multimedia simulated broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced
  • Four radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station
  • Two radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme
  • Two digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
  • Two TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production.
  • In 2019 we added an interactive news room in collaboration with vSolution MATRIX from WolfVision costing £42,000. Included within the space is a green screen zone, as well as a radio studio integrated with a Dante audio system. In the Newsroom the emphasis is on replicating the professional workplace, with interactive technology on each group table where students produce newspaper articles, magazines pieces and TV and radio programmes about live issues.

Take a tour of our Journalism facilities

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.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring journalist. As a result, much of your coursework 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.

Assessment

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

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

Modules

This course will prepare you for work in the rapidly changing environment of data journalism.

You will develop these digital 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.

Core modules

Core Modules:

  • Data Journalism (15 credits)
  • Data Visualisation and Communication (15 credits)
  • Data Investigation (15 credits)
  • News Applications (30 credits)
  • Journalism Ethics (30 credits) – You put practical journalism in an ethical context with case studies and there are
  • discussion groups in the second term
  • Journalism Portfolio (30 credits) - You develop the essential skills of reporting, from ideas and research to
  • interviewing and writing, news and features, and using the Freedom of Information Act in journalism
  • UK Media Law (15 credits) - You learn the basics of UK Media Law to enable you to work in a UK newsroom
  • Final Project (30 credits) – You explore a topic of your choice in depth to produce one or more pieces of journalism, in text-based or online multimedia formats

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

Recommended reading

How to prepare for our Journalism MA courses

The following advice applies for all MA Journalism courses:

"Get work experience on local, regional or national newspapers, magazines or regional broadcast stations. Check a news website every day (not just Twitter). Immerse yourself in current affairs, watch documentaries such as Dispatches and Panorama, listen to Radio 4's Today programme and watch BBC Newsnight. If you say you don't know who the Home Secretary is because you've been too busy doing your finals, you won't get a place. If you let your general knowledge slip while you are trekking round Thailand in the summer, you will suffer. Read the appropriate media, whether that's the Financial Times, New Scientist or Marie Claire - and most importantly, for broadcasters and TV students, watch and listen.

Read books about journalism by top journalists and develop an appetite for brilliantly-written newspaper and magazine features. Take an interest in some of the issues covered and develop your own perspective on them. Develop a professional online presence. Start to read/watch/listen as a journalist (ie. critically), and begin to question why something is news, how and why it is structured as it is and why specific words and images are used. Look at how the story is used across media platforms."

After you graduate

Career prospects

Postgraduate journalism courses at City, University of London have a 96% employment rate.

Application Deadline


Once applications open you will be expected to submit the following:

  1. The MA Data Journalism Application Supplemental Information form (this can be uploaded via the personal statement upload link in the online application)
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. 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. Until a transcript has been received any offer of a place on the course may be conditional on you submitting a degree transcript confirming you have successfully completed your course. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.

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