City, University of London

City, University of London

Investigative Journalism

This course is suitable for students with a firm grounding in an Arts subject, looking to specialise in the area of investigative journalism, with a view to starting a career in this field. You will have a keen interest in the media, specifically this area of journalism. 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. This course moves swiftly from basic journalism to fully-fledged investigative journalism provided by leading investigative journalists, including David Leigh, former Investigations Editor of The Guardian, and award-winning Freedom of Information expert, Heather Brooke. The course is practical and encourages you to develop and practice your real-world journalistic skills and techniques. Covering both print and broadcast investigative journalism, the course is ideal as a first stepping stone into a career as an in-depth researcher and journalist. Students and graduates of this course have worked as interns at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, based at City, University of London.

Entry requirements

You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.
You must be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience, including regional newspapers, magazines, online, broadcast or student journalism. You don't need a set number of weeks of work experience, but we advise you to get as much as possible, both before and after submitting your application.

As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in the industry.

Course modules

Core modules
Journalism Portfolio (30 credits); Editorial Production (30 credits); Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits); Final Project (30 credits); Investigative Reporting (30 credits); UK Media Law (15 credits); Political Headlines (15 credits).

Assessment methods

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for people that want to become 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.

Sponsorship information

Graduate Loyalty Discount - The School of Arts and Social Sciences offers a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates. 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. NUJ (George Viner Memorial Fund) - See the George Viner website. Postgrad Solutions - Two bursaries of £500 each, open to both international and UK students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,875 per Year 1 (England) 10 months
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 19,000 per Year 1 (International) 10 months
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,875 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 10 months
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,875 per Year 1 (Scotland) 10 months
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,875 per Year 1 (Wales) 10 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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