Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Investigative Reporting

This programme aims to prepare you for civic investigative reporting in a range of professional contexts and institutions within and beyond traditional journalism. It responds to developing and emergent theories associated with civic communications, while also reflecting the constants that underpin investigative ethics, news gathering and storytelling.

Entry requirements

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. International entry requirements: If English is not your 1st 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.

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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of Cultures and Languages, School of Arts