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  2. 2020
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MA Interactive Journalism

Entry Year:
City's MA in Interactive Journalism is an exciting contemporary course, responding to the rapidly changing environment of digital journalism, with a focus on social media, audience development, data journalism and multimedia storytelling.

Key information

Start date

September 2020

Academic year dates


10 months


Full-time: £10,400


Full-time: £20,810

Application period

From October 2019

Until There is no fixed application deadline. However, applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.


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Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students from any degree background with an interest in current affairs and digital journalism. Some experience of social media and/or data work can be useful for those wishing to specialise in these fields.


This Interactive Journalism MA has a particular emphasis on digital media, and prepares you to enter and/or further develop a career in online journalism in particular. It has a strong reputation for preparing students for both specialist jobs, such as data journalism, social media and audience development, as well as broader roles in digital journalism. Teaching from current journalists ensures up-to-date skills and relevant industry contacts.

The curriculum reflects the continuing development of digital journalism through interactive content and formats that engage users as active participants.

Innovative modules focus on social media and audience development, data journalism and coding for journalists. Video and audio work are also geared to online publication.

The department includes former BBC politics editor Professor Suzanne Franks; the former Guardian Media Editor Professor Jane Martinson, investigative journalist Dr Paul Lashmar; and award-winning Freedom of Information expert, Heather Brooke.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • You should hold an upper second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution.
  • You should have gained some work experience in journalism, and/or in relevant fields (eg social media, data work) outside journalism (or have this arranged when you apply).

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.

Other suitable qualifications

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

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

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 2020 are now open.

MA Interactive Journalism (Full time)

Please upload the following documents via the online application.

  • The MA Interactive Journalism Application Supplemental Information form (this can be uploaded via the personal statement upload link in the online application)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 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.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:

Postgraduate and Research Enquiries,
School of Arts and Social Sciences,
City, University of London,
Northampton Square,

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7040 0249 or +44 (0)20 7040 3721

Application response time

You should expect to receive an email response to your application within six weeks of your application being assessed. Your application will only be assessed by the course director when it is complete with all the requested application materials listed above.

of graduates employed six months after completing the course (DLHE 2014-15).
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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).


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.

Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate loans are available to help with course fees and living costs while you study a master's programme.

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.


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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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.

In 2019/20 our work placements included:

  • Women's Health
  • ITV News - On Assignment / Tonight
  • The News International (Pakistan)
  • The Times sports desk
  • The Sunday Times sports desk
  • Dazed Digital
  • Hackney Gazette.

Academic facilities

A broadcast from City's journalism television recording studio

You will gain practical skills in our digital newsrooms, with access to cameras, audio recorders and other equipment, with dedicated technical support.

In 2014 we completed a £12m development project for our journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and include two digital newsrooms - impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites.

  • A television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media 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.


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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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.

View academic timetables

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

Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, such as Ethics, Rules and Standards and UK Media Law, but some involve small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.


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.

Visiting lecturers

For details of the expert academics who teach on this course see the Academic Profiles below. In addition you will also be taught by a team of visiting lecturers.

In 2019/20 the experts listed below taught on this course, but may be subject to change in future years.

Sarah Marshall is Head of Audience Growth Vogue International at Conde Nast International. Formerly the Audience Development Editor, EMEA at the Wall Street Journal.

Adam Tinworth is a digital strategy consultant, teaching audience development. Formerly the Editorial Development Manager at Reed Business Information, he founded One Man & His Blog.

Basile Simon is Graphics Editor at Reuters Graphics, and the former Newsroom Developer at The Times and Sunday Times.

Ashely Kirk is a Senior Data Journalist at The Telegraph. He’s interested in data-driven storytelling, statistical analysis and multi-platform reporting. Previously published in the Guardian, the Independent and City AM.

Crina Boros is a freelance, award-winning data journalist. She is published with ICIJ (Swiss Leaks), Euobserver, BBC, Thomson Reuters, Greenpeace, OffshoreAlert and the BlackSea. She is a member of Investigate Europe consortium and Forbidden Stories.

Paul Solman has extensive experience on newspapers, magazines and online media, including 18 years on the staff of the Financial Times.

Paul Dunn has more than 40 years' experience as a working journalist and has held senior positions at The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Sunday Express, Sunday Business and The Times. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Richard Ward (Shorthand)

Claire de Than is Co-Director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City, University of London. She is a Law Commissioner (Jersey). The author or co-author of more than 15 books.


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. Assessment is often through a portfolio of journalistic assignments of this kind.


This course will prepare you for work in the rapidly changing environment of online journalism, with a focus on the key areas of social media, audience development, data journalism and coding.

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

  • 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.
  • 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, ideally for publication online and/or in print.
  • Social, Community and Multimedia Management (30 credits) – Social media and shareable content strategies for audience development, plus video shooting and editing for online.
  • Data Journalism (15 credits) – The essentials of data journalism
  • Advanced Data and Coding (15 credits) – Taking your data journalism further with advanced tools and techniques, plus an introduction to coding for journalists.
  • UK Media Law (15 credits) - You learn the basics of UK Media Law to enable you to work in a UK newsroom.
  • Political Headlines (15 credits) - You learn the structure of British Government and how it works; and you meet journalists who report and present it.

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

Students benefit from a central London location, unrivalled industry contacts and a thorough grounding in the best practices of professional journalism.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in both specialist digital roles (such as social media, audience development and data journalism) and as reporters and sub-editors.

According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE), previous graduates in employment six months after completing the course earn an average salary of £27,500.

Employers include:

  • Associated Press
  • Google
  • Storyful
  • BuzzFeed
  • Metro
  • BBC
  • Financial Times
  • The Times
  • The Guardian
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • Daily Mirror
  • City AM
  • The Independent
  • Bloomberg News
  • The Daily Mail
  • Property Week
  • MSN
  • Aeon Magazine
  • Manchester Evening News.

Alumni have gone on to work as data journalists, social media specialists, reporters, and in editing roles, including:

  • John Burn-Murdoch (senior data visualisation journalist, Financial Times)
  • Beth Ashton (head of audience, Manchester Evening News)
  • Nassos Stylianou (data/interactive journalism, BBC News)
  • Harry Misiko (editor, Daily Nation)
  • Mauricio Savarese (reporter, Associated Press)
  • Elise Johnson (social video producer, The Economist)
  • Neha-Tamara Patel (deputy head of audience development, ShortList Media)
  • AEndrew Rininsland (developer, interactive graphics, Financial Times)
  • Rob Grant (data journalist, Trinity Mirror Data Unit)
  • Emily Shackleton (senior social producer,
  • Sian Boyle (reporter, Daily Mail)
  • Rachel Banning-Lover (journalist, The Guardian)
  • Patrick Scott (data journalist, Daily Telegraph)
  • Joe Hall (sport reporter, City A.M.)
  • Hamza Ali (financial data journalist, Citywire)
100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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