City, University of London

City, University of London

Newspaper Journalism

This course is suitable for students from any degree background with an interest in current affairs. Students will have a keen interest in the media, specifically in news and/or features in print and/or online journalism. The course has an exceptional reputation and an outstanding graduate employment record. The degree has been helping aspiring journalists into employment since 1982. The course combines professional skills training in reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, research and newspaper production (in print and online) with a concern for professional standards and critical and ethical reflection. All students undertake at least seven weeks of work placements during the course. The department includes former Managing Editor of The Times, Professor George Brock; Professor David Leigh of The Guardian; ITN's chief lawyer, John Battle; and award-winning Freedom of Information expert, Heather Brooke. We have been running Journalism courses at City since 1976. In the years since, over 5,000 students have graduated and are now working in the media around the world.

Entry requirements

MA: You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. You should have gained some work experience in the media, eg on local/regional UK newspapers (or have this arranged when you apply). As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in the industry. If English is not your first language, you must get a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS English language test, including at least 7.0 in the writing component of the test.

Course modules

Core modules: Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits); Journalism Portfolio (30 credits); Editorial Production (30 credits); Final Project (30 credits); UK Media Law (15 credits); Social and Digital Journalism (15 credits); and Political Headlines (15 credits). Elective modules: Lifestyle Specialism (15 credits); International Correspondent Specialism (15 credits); Arts and Culture Specialism (15 credits); Humanitarian Reporting Specialism (15 credits); Finance and Business Specialism (15 credits); Sports Specialism (15 credits); Political Reporting Specialism (15 credits); Entertainment Specialism (15 credits); Security and Crime Specialism (15 credits); Investigative Reporting Specialism (15 credits).

Assessment methods

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring 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. Assessment is often through a portfolio of journalistic assignments of this kind.

Sponsorship information

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: Guardian Media Group Scott Trust Bursaries; NUJ (George Viner Memorial Fund); Postgrad Solutions.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (EU) 10 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 20,400 per Year 1 (International) 10 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 10 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 10 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (England) 10 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 10 Months

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Northampton Square EC1V 0HB London

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