Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Investigative Reporting

Investigative journalism is at a crossroads in theory and practice. Crises of ethics and funding have brought profound changes to the nature of long form journalism, the ways in which it is produced and the institutions that invest in it. This innovative MA brings together leading practitioners and institutions to deliver advanced training in emergent investigative newsgathering and publishing skills applicable to a range of professional contexts, within and beyond journalism. At the same time, the degree introduces you to critical accounts of the media's watchdog function and journalism's evolving social role. You will be taught by a mix of academics, writers, investigative journalists, editors and bloggers. Current associate lecturers and special guest contributors include Ewen MacAskill (security and defence correspondent for The Guardian); Louise Ridley (special projects editor for Huffington Post); and Iain Overton (award winning current affairs journalist, author and human rights reporter). Courses address new challenges while also reflecting the constants that underpin investigative journalism ethics and storytelling. Above all, the programme presents an opportunity to both study and do investigative journalism, under the guidance of award-winning journalists and experienced academics.

Entry requirements

MA: A good degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered. Applications are encouraged from those with prior investigative experience in journalism, human rights or other related fields.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed via a range of academic and practice-oriented activities, including both theoretical essays and specific assignments in areas such as data analysis, story arching and Freedom of Information requests, among others. For your dissertation, you will have the opportunity to produce a real-world investigative report, benefiting throughout from both academic supervision and professional mentoring.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Birkbeck Student Advice Service
Telephone number: 
02039070700