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In a world where technology is driving the decentralisation of news, the need for qualified journalists to bear witness, investigate, analyse and verify information has never been greater. City’s Department of Journalism is regarded as a leader in its field, with an unrivalled record of getting graduates into the best jobs in journalism in both traditional and emerging journalist roles.

“Our success is measured in our graduates’ success. Every year the majority of our graduates are in employment within 6 months of graduating, joining a 5,000-strong alumni network worldwide.”

Ranked 1st in London and 7th in the UK for Journalism in the Guardian University Guide 2017, City boasts an internationally renowned and research-driven environment for the study and practice of journalism. You will learn from top practitioners in their fields, practise your craft in outstanding studios and newsrooms, and have opportunities for internships in a one of the world’s media capitals.

Journalism at City has “accrued legendary status within the media” (The Independent), offering a central London location, unrivalled industry contacts and a thorough grounding in the best practices of professional journalism.

Our courses


Journalism BA (Hons)

The degree is highly practical – from day one you will learn to think and act like a journalist, supported by experienced academics and an extensive network of City graduates. This course prepares undergraduates for the best jobs in the sector. You will learn skills such as reporting a speech, presenting a radio news broadcast, interviewing and preparing page layouts on screen and producing news and feature stories.

Journalism is concerned with the clear communication of information and ideas. This course provides students with a firm grasp of a wide range of multimedia platforms. These technologies, both old and new, affect how stories are identified, researched and presented. Students develop enduring journalistic attributes, including a critical understanding of historical background, analytical ability and intellectual curiosity, inherent in a university education.

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Post graduate

Broadcast Journalism MA

The Broadcast Journalism MA at City is highly rated in the industry: evidenced by the range and number of alumni working in broadcasting, the awards won, and the industry placements offered. The MA in Broadcast Journalism is Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) accredited and essentially about visual and audio communication of topical information, and requires a desire to communicate through essential team working. City provides an alumni network second to none in the UK broadcast industry; and provides possibly the best employment opportunities of any postgraduate broadcasting course in the UK.

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Television Journalism MA

The Television Journalism MA courses prepares you for a first job in radio or television journalism. Both are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This course gives you unique access to the television journalism industry with 96% employment rate in the TV or related industry and tailored work placements every week. The MA in Television Journalism has unparalleled contact with the TV industry and each Wednesday in term one and two, students work in the TV journalism industry. The course is designed for 30 students subdivided into teaching groups of 15.

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Financial Journalism MA

The MA in Financial Journalism is unique in its international reach. Supported by the Marjorie Deane Foundation the course aims to develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to work in a multimedia environment. Through the generous support of the Marjorie Deane Foundation for Financial Journalism, the MA Financial Journalism degree offers two unique features:

  • A study abroad programme that subsidises student travel to study financial journalism in New York and Shanghai. Find out more about the Majorie Deane Summer School.
  • Full tuition scholarship opportunities through the generosity of the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation for both UK/EU students and overseas students from developing countries.

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Interactive Journalism MA

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. This course has a particular emphasis on digital media, and prepares you to enter and/or further develop a career in online journalism in particular.

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

You will develop these online specialisations alongside essential journalistic skills of writingJournalism MA programme.

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International Journalism MA

The MA in International Journalism is a keystone course at City and has built up a worldwide reputation. This course has been running since 1982 and has more than 1,000 alumni working in journalism around the world.

During the course, you will become adept at print, broadcast and online journalism in a global context by:

  • Studying news in all its forms
  • Obtaining a profound understanding of international journalism from a UK perspective
  • Practising all platforms of journalism (print, broadcast and online) Exploring theory as well as reflect on your practice

The course attracts students from all over the world, who will become your future professional network. You will benefit from being in one of the world’s most significant media cities with access to thousands of international journalists and sources.

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Investigative Journalism MA

City’s pioneering MA in Investigative Journalism will provide you with essential basic skills, combined with innovative and in-depth research and investigation techniques.

You will learn advanced research skills, including computer-assisted reporting to analyse data to find stories, and the effective use of 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, miscarriages of justice and companies, organisations and individuals within an ethical framework.

The course also offers you the opportunity to complete an investigation and to learn practical multi-media skills including television as well as print.

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Erasmus Mundus Masters: Journalism, Media and Globalisation MA

This is a unique two year Masters course, part of the prestigious Erasmus Mundus programme.

The Mundus Journalism degree explores the practice and performance of journalism and the media in the context of a new environment brought about by globalisation, modernisation, commercialisation and professional developments.

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Magazine Journalism MA

City’s Magazine Journalism MA prepares you for a first job in magazine journalism. This degree is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA). Alumni from this course have won the PPA New Postgraduate Student of the Year Award for nine consecutive years. This hugely successful, well-established course will prepare you for a broad range of magazine scenarios, from writing for a glossy men’s magazine; to researching a story for an online business-to-business publication; to reviewing a play for a national newspaper supplement and much in between.

You’ll learn the essential skills of reporting, feature writing, subbing, interviewing, researching, and design and layout. You’ll produce print and online magazines, and complete at least seven weeks’ work experience.

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Newspaper Journalism MA

City’s MA Newspaper Journalism course is a fast-paced, exciting degree designed to train the future reporters, correspondents and editors of the world’s leading media organisations. The course has an exceptional reputation and an outstanding graduate employment record. The degree has been helping aspiring journalists into employment since 1982.

The course combines professional skills training in reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, research and newspaper production (in print and online) with a concern for professional standards and critical and ethical reflection.

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More information

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