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  1. Postgraduate
  2. 2021
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MA Television Journalism

Entry Year:
This course gives you unique access to the television journalism industry with 96% employment rate in the TV or related industry and work experience every week.

Key information

Start date

September 2021


Full-time: 10 months


Full-time: £10,610 *




Full-time: £21,230 *

Application period

From October 2020

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with a degree looking to become good all-round television journalists capable of working in newsrooms, on multi-media and in documentaries and current affairs. Applicants should have an interest in video and TV films and have a broad general knowledge including lifestyle, sport and politics. This course is not about general TV presenting, it is how to write, create and report visual journalism for yourself and others to present. Vitally, you should want to communicate using moving pictures and be excited by the wonderful world of television!


MA Television Journalism has an outstanding reputation in, and unparalleled contact with, the professional world - each Wednesday students work in the journalism industry.

With weekly newsdays, students learn practical multimedia skills: finding, researching, writing, newsgathering, interviewing, presenting, reporting, self-shooting, and editing content, all supported by core journalism principles (Media Law, Journalism Ethics, Data Journalism and Political Headlines).

Students make half-hour documentaries in teams of three in the final term. These have won such awards as the Today Programme Student Broadcaster of the Year 2019, Guardian Young Journalists of the Year, BJTC documentary award, and been re-worked for broadcast on BBC Newsnight.

Students work in small teaching groups ensuring daily personal contact with tutors including former BBC/ITV self-shooting producer-director Sally Webb; ABC news producer Mike Trew; investigative journalist Paul Lashmar; Reuters and Sky News journalist George Negas; BBC World Service’s Dr Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar; former Reuters editor Lloyd Watson and former editor of The Andrew Marr Show Professor Barney Jones.


Broadcast Journalism Training Council logo

This degree is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)

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. 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.

All complete applications will be considered and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an open day and interview at the Institution.


You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.

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

Television Journalism applicants would be well advised to have work experience with a TV company or student TV, but this is desirable rather than essential. You should be able to demonstrate an interest in visual media.

Other Suitable Qualifications

As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in radio and/or television journalism.

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

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

Apply now:

MA Television Journalism (Full time)2021/2

You will expected to submit the following:

1. One application form
2. A copy of your degree transcript. We require one of the following: an original transcript; a copy certified by your institution; or an electronic scan of your transcript. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to submit 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. Please provide a copy of your CV.
4. Two written critiques:

  • write a critique of 200 words on a factual documentary broadcast on TV at any time in the last six months
  • write a critique of 200 words on a news TV programme broadcast at any time in the last month
from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
Teaching groups
of around 15 ensure personal attention.
96% employment
across postagraduate journalism courses.

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:


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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Ramita Navai, who graduated from City in 2003, is best known for her work for Channel 4's Unreported World. In this interview with PBS NewsHour, Ramita describes her work filming Undercover Syria, which won a 2012 News & Documentary Emmy Award.

Work experience

Television Journalism MA have work experience each Wednesday. There is no doubt that the size of the City cohort means unique networking opportunities with present students and 4,000 alumni.

Organisations that have taken our students for work experience include:

  • ABC
  • Al-Jazeera
  • BBC
  • Blakeway Productions
  • Caravan
  • CTVC
  • Hardcash Productions
  • ITN
  • Lion
  • October Films
  • OR Media
  • Plum Films
  • Press Aassociation
  • Raw Cut Television
  • Reuters
  • Sky
  • Studio Lambert
  • Vice
  • Wall to Wall.

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
  • 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.

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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.

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Teaching and learning

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 will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation.

Some courses are taught in lecture theatres but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

Teaching hours are between Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

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.

Mike Trew is a multi-skilled TV producer, whose clients include ABC News, Al Jazeera, and ESPN

Visiting Professor Barney Jones started a new award winning political programme in the 1990's - Breakfast with Frost - anchored by David Frost, then launched The Andrew Marr Show. Earlier in his career he worked a producer at Newsnight, and BBC Breakfast News, and ran Election coverage at the BBC.

Lloyd Watson was Duty Editor at GMTV, before becoming Senior Output Editor for Reuters. His last position with Thompson Reuters was as Editor, Television Production.

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.


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.

Activities include lectures, practical work in groups and individually, personal tutorials, and independent learning

This pathway is taught by professors, senior lecturers and lecturers, with industry practitioners as Visiting Lecturers, and a number of key industry visiting speakers.


All of our Television Journalism MA students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project. As a Television Journalism student you will have specialist core and elective modules that complement these projects.

Core modules

  • Journalism Ethics (30 credits)

You put practical journalism in an ethical context with case studies and there are discussion groups in term two.

  • Final Project (30 credits)

You bring your skills together to make a film/radio feature or documentary, depending on the course you have chosen.

  • Newsgathering for TV and Radio (30 credits)

You learn the theory of finding and producing news for TV and radio. You take a weekly news and current affairs test; and learn how to write basic copy for broadcast news.

  • Newsdays and Studio Production (30 credits)

You undertake 15 news-days where you cover a designated area and produce a local news programme. You also look at longer form production like documentary and feature making.

On MA Television Journalism you will make a “Question Time” style programme in the studio.

On MA Broadcasting Journalism you make a multi-media radio based offering, producing a two-week long radio as-live radio station.

  • 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.

Elective modules

  • Journalism Innovation (15 credits)

You learn how to pitch an idea for a new, entrepreneurial sort of journalism.

  • Introduction to Data Journalism (15 credits)

You will learn up-to-the-minute journalism skills using statistics and data to provide and substantiate stories.

  • Podcasting (15 credits)

Recommended reading

How to prepare for our Journalism MA courses

The 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."

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    Lecturer working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
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    Lecturer in Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
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    Head of the Department of Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
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    Lecturer in Digital Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
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    Professor of Journalism Innovation working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Career prospects

Within five months of completing the course in July 2019 students from this course had jobs or freelance at these broadcasters:

  • BBC London News TV
  • Sunday Politics
  • Al Jazeera
  • France 24
  • BBC World News
  • Xinhua News Agency London
  • Freelance, Independent, Evening Standard
  • London Live
  • Pink News
  • Viacom-Channel 5
  • Feature story news
  • Freelance, BBC
  • Multi-media, Reuters
  • Producer, ITN Productions
  • News trainee, ITN
  • Assistant Producer, BBC Sunday Politics.

Television Journalism MA alumni

Alumni include BBC’s Sophie Raworth and famous names such as:

  • Dermot Murnaghan - Sky News
  • Barbara Serra - Al Jazeera
  • Jo Whiley - BBC Radio.
  • Thomas Brada - BBC World News Producer
  • Alex Morgan - Senior Digital News Correspondent
  • Scott Beasley - Sky News Assistant Editor for “Ian King Live”
  • Cody Godwin - Video Journalist/Producer at BBC San Francisco
  • Tomasso Mazzanti, Senior Producer at France24.
96.3% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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