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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 10000 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 20000 per year
City's pioneering MA in Investigative Journalism is an intense and exciting degree designed to equip you with the essential reporting and research skills needed to produce investigations that matter.
Who is it for?
This course is suitable for students with any good degree who want to specialise in the area of investigative journalism. You will have a keen interest in digging deeper into topics beyond the daily headlines and a hunger to expose injustices and abuses of power using an evidence-based methodology.
City's President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, says this about Journalism courses at City:
"Journalism at City began as a postgraduate department in 1976 and has developed some of the most respected MA Journalism courses in the country. Alumni include the BBC's Sophie Raworth and BBC Head of News James Harding, Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan, Editor of The Sun Tony Gallagher, Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar UK, Channel 4's Ramita Navai and Al Jazeera's Barbara Sheera. Recent graduates are reporters, producers, editors and web content providers, across platforms ranging from the Financial Times and the BBC to Buzzfeed and Vice TV. "
This course has an exceptional reputation and an outstanding graduate employment record with students going on to work at The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Panorama, Dispatches, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Buzzfeed, Spectator and Wired magazines, Sky News, and a number of other newspapers, magazines, production companies and NGOs.
Employers respect the quality of research and reporting skills graduates acquire on this course. You will learn advanced research skills, including data journalism to analyse data to find stories, and the effective use of disclosure laws, public records and databases. The course provides case studies of high-profile investigations and will help you develop the skills needed to investigate issues of public concern and miscarriages of justice involving companies, organisations and individuals within an ethical framework.
On this course you will complete an investigation and learn practical multi-media skills including television as well as print. It moves swiftly from basic journalism to fully-fledged investigative journalism provided by leading investigative journalists. Prof Heather Brooke, who was the catalyst for the 2009 MPs' expenses scandal, is pathway leader and David Leigh, former Investigations Editor of The Guardian, teaches investigative reporting. A number of working investigative journalists also deliver guest lectures on their current work.
The course is practical and encourages you to develop and practice your real-world journalistic skills and techniques. Covering both print and broadcast investigative journalism, the course is ideal as a first step into a career as an in-depth researcher and journalist.
Taking advantage of our London location and extensive alumni and contact networks, students arrange work placements across a number of media, usually arranging them for the winter and/or spring break.
Requirements and how to 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.
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.
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:
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 are now open.
If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:
Postgraduate and Research Enquiries,
School of Arts and Social Sciences,
City, University of London,
Tel.: +44 (0)20 7040 0249 or +44 (0)20 7040 3721
Once applications open, please submit the following:
Please return your supporting documents, marked "Investigative Journalism", to: Department of Journalism, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK.
Teaching and learning
Some modules 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.
You will receive tutoring from some of the industry's most experienced journalists and editors.
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.
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.
Topics on the MA in Investigative Journalism range from business and financial journalism to investigations into individuals, organisations and corporations to miscarriages of justice. You will also be taught the basic essential skills required by the media industry such as producing news and feature material, interviewing, production, law, structure of government and ethics.
This course aims to prepare you for a first job in any form of journalism, including newspapers, magazines, online and the broadcast media. Investigative Journalism graduates will be especially valued in jobs which require rigorous, in-depth and advanced research and investigative skills.
Graduates of this MA are now working at organisations including:
100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course
Notes about fees for this course
More about fees
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. 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).
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.
As part of our support for future journalists we have teamed up with big industry leaders (Guardian Media Group Scott Trust Bursaries, The London Evening Standard, ITN, The Daily Mail 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.
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.
You will gain practical skills in our state-of-the-art digital television studio, digital editing suites, radio studios and broadcast newsrooms.
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:
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