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The award

How long you will study
10 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 10000 per total

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 12000 per total

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About Interactive Journalism at City, University of London

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.

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.

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 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.

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).

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.

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.

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,
Northampton Square,

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

Once applications are open, please follow the instructions below:

All applications are to be submitted online . Your application must include:

  • A copy of your degree transcript: We require one of the following: an original transcript; a copy certified by your university; or an electronic scan of your transcript. If you have not yet graduated, please submit an interim transcript until your final transcript is available. You may submit transcripts from your first and second years of undergraduate study. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your final degree transcript.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Details of your work experience in journalism: Applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience completed and/or planned. You should upload details of your journalism work experience in a separate document into any of the available document upload slots.
  • The following two articles: You may copy and paste these into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form.
  • Article 1: explain in not more than 200 words why you want to come on our course and what you expect to gain from it.
  • Article 2: a 250-word article suitable for a local newspaper, based on an interview you conduct with someone interesting in your local area.
  • 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.

    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.


    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.

    Download the relevant programme specification

    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)
    • Peter Yeung (interactive journalist, The Times)
    • Patrick Scott (data journalist, Daily Telegraph)
    • Joe Hall (sport reporter, City A.M.)
    • Hamza Ali (financial data journalist, Citywire)
    90.9% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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    Study options for this course

    • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
    • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study10 months
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 10000 per totalInternational course feesGBP 12000 per total

    Notes about fees for this course


    Full-time: £10,000


    Full-time: £20,000

    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).


    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, 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.

    To receive email alerts for scholarships sign up here.

    Academic view

    Academic Tom Felle talks about the MA Interactive Journalism course.


    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

    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.

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