City, University of London

City, University of London

Financial Journalism

The MA Financial Journalism course aims to develop the practical skills and knowledge you need to work in a full multimedia environment, as well as understand of the key concepts and issues in financial journalism, including the effects of the global financial crisis. By the end of the course, you will have had extensive training in the best professional practice of reporting business and financial news, working across television, radio, print and online media. You will have a firm grounding in corporate, financial and economic reporting, the ability to understand and manipulate financial data and to critically analyse announcements by companies and government departments. The course consisted of three distinctive elements: the modules which teach practical journalism skills, the more specialised financial journalism modules which cover key topics in business and financial reporting, and general courses taught across the department in media law, online skills, journalism ethics, and journalism innovation. Students also complete a final project which demonstrates their ability to write a longer piece of written journalism or a broadcast video to a professional standard.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be able to show that they have a commitment to journalism through relevant work experience, which might include work on a university/college publication, or a publication dealing with business, economics or finance; students should have at least a good 2nd-Class degree in any subject, ideally with at least GCSE or A levels in mathematics and/or economics; students should be able to demonstrate some knowledge and experience of finance and economics, either through academic qualifications or practical experience.

Course modules

Core modules:
Ethics, Rules & Standards;
Journalism Portfolio;
Editorial Production;
Final Project; and
Key issues in Financial Journalism.

Elective modules:
Introduction to Data Reporting;
Journalism Innovation;
Reporting Business; and
Reporting Finance.

Assessment methods

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and group and individual assignments which allow hands-on practical experience. You will also carry out a major project of your own in the summer term, under supervision, on a topic of your choice, to publishable or broadcast standards.

Sponsorship information

The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation - Studentships Marjorie Deane International Excellence Studentships


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,000 per Whole course (England) 10 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,000 per Whole course (International) 10 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 10 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 10 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,000 per Whole course (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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