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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 10000 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 20000 per year
City's MA Newspaper Journalism course is a fast-paced, exciting degree designed to train the future reporters, correspondents and editors of the world's leading media organisations.
Who is it for?
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.
City's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Paul Curran, says this about Journalism courses at City:
"Journalism at City began as a postgraduate department in 1976 and has developed some of the most respected MA Journalism courses in the country. Alumni include the BBC's Sophie Raworth and BBC Head of News James Harding, Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan, Editor of The Sun Tony Gallagher, Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar UK, Channel 4's Ramita Navai and Al Jazeera's Barbara Sheera. Recent graduates are reporters, producers, editors and web content providers, across platforms ranging from the Financial Times and the BBC to Buzzfeed and Vice TV."
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.
Many students undertake work placements in their chosen field, taking advantage of our location, usually arranging them for the winter and/or spring break.
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.
Requirements and how to apply
INTO City, University of London
Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Journalism.
Other suitable qualifications
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 and no lower than 6.5 in any other component. Students from outside the UK might wish to apply for the International Journalism MA, which is specifically designed for a global cohort.
English language programmes
Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
How to apply
The application process for 2018 entry is now open.
When applications open, you can apply online and will be expected to submit the following:
Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.
If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:
Postgraduate and Research Enquiries,
School of Arts and Social Sciences,
City, University of London
Tel.: +44 (0)20 7040 0249 or +44 (0)20 7040 3721
Application response time
You should expect to receive an email response to your application within six weeks of your application being assessed. Your application will only be assessed by the course director when it is complete with all the requested application materials listed above.
Teaching and learning
Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, such as Ethics, Rules and Standards and UK Media Law, but some involve small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics and journalists, including visiting lecturers.
Personal contact with tutors ensures individual help in developing through the course and in finding a job upon completion.
Our students have the option of taking part in a Teeline shorthand course alongside their studies. This costs £100 (refundable if you reach 100 words per minute) and runs across two terms.
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.
This MA in Newspaper Journalism course combines practical skills training in reporting, interviewing, writing, editing, research and newspaper production with a concern for critical and ethical reflection and the highest journalistic standards.
All of our MA Journalism students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards, and a Final Project.
Students benefit from a central London location, unrivalled industry contacts and a thorough grounding in the best practices of professional journalism.
Graduates go on to work as Journalists, Reporters, and Editors.
Recent graduates have gone on to work at a range of newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites and in television, including:
Notes about fees for this course
More about fees
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
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.
My bursary from the Guild of St Bride has been a incredible source of support. It's not just about the financial help; the journalists I have met through the bursary have offered me invaluable advice, guidance and insider information which I'm sure will help me to get a job in the industry in the not-too-distant future.
James -MA Newspaper Journalism
Future Finance Loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.
As part of our support for future journalists we have teamed up with big industry leaders (Guardian Media Group Scott Trust Bursaries, The London Evening Standard, ITN, The Daily Mail and the Marjorie Deane Foundation Trust to name a few) to provide funding opportunities to help our students fund their postgraduate studies with us. This year we hope will be no exception (though we cannot guarantee future sponsorship). We announce all our scholarships on our website.
Stephen Lawrence Daily Mail scholarship 2018/19
Applications are now open for the Stephen Lawrence Daily Mail Scholarship for September 2018 entry.
The Scholarship supports two students annually to make a career in journalism. It aims to promote diversity by helping students from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds; and/or students who may not be able to afford to undertake a postgraduate degree, to start their journalism careers.
Students will receive a full fee scholarship, support from City journalism academics, and exclusive access to relevant work experience placements at the Daily Mail as well as exceptional professional mentorship from senior Daily Mail journalists. Students will also receive financial support for living expenses, rent and other costs while studying for their degree.
One completion of the MA programme at City, successful candidates will be offered a place on the highly coveted Daily Mail or MailOnline editorial graduate trainee scheme, where they will receive a 12-month paid contract.
The scholarship is kindly supported by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the Daily Mail, in association with City, University of London.
Students awarded the scholarship will be accepted to study for a MA Journalism on one of the following postgraduate taught degree programmes:
The Scott Trust Bursary Scheme
The Guardian Foundation offers a number of bursaries each year for aspiring journalists to study for a postgraduate qualification in newspaper, web or broadcast journalism.
We are now inviting applicants for the academic year 2017/18. Find out more about the application procedure.
Journalism at City
Students and alumni discuss City's postgraduate degree courses in Journalism.
We actively encourage all our journalism student to undertake work placements during their studies with us. Many of our students are very pro-active and opt to undertake a placement. Placements are an essential step in developing their career in journalism as they help students put their learning into practice and make contacts in the industry.
Work placements are not formally assessed or arranged as part of the MA Programme but your personal tutor can advise you in suitable organisations to approach that may suit your chosen specialisms.
You will gain practical skills in our digital newsrooms, with access to cameras, audio recorders and other equipment, with dedicated technical support.
In 2014 we completed a £12m development project for our journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and include two digital newsrooms - impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites.
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