Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London


This programme offers you the opportunity to acquire a fast-track but thorough grounding in practical journalistic skills, a strong working knowledge of the media industry and the principal contemporary theories of the news media, and an ability to develop professional writing skills across journalistic genres. Beyond the core skills delivered in the fast-track module, subsequent modules combine writing skills with a more conceptual understanding of how to interpret and communicate ideas in professional media work. The programme equips you with skills relevant to a wide range of professional contexts, and accordingly covers diverse aspects such as web journalism and other online media production, public relations, professional communications, and other skills relevant to the creative industries. Students are strongly encouraged to develop their own areas of interest as well as to identify emerging areas of demand in the industry.

Entry requirements

A good degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered. Applications are encouraged from those with prior journalistic experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You take a combination of the following option modules. To find out more, read our programme handbook. Option modules: Advanced Sub-Editing, Layout and Design; Fast-track Practical Journalistic Skills; Journalistic Skills in PR and Professional Communications; Theoretical Perspectives on Media; Web-based Journalism and Online Media Production . Please note: not all option modules will be offered each year.

Assessment methods

Assessment is 100% coursework, with additional in-class writing exercises and portfolio requirement. Unassessed written work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,825 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Department of Media and Cultural Studies
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