12 months
14600 GBP/year
7920 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Investigative Journalism programme from De Montfort University is an industry-leading programme with a particular focus on the practical video skills involved in developing high-level investigative reports.

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Endorsed by and developed with Channel 4, the  Investigative Journalism programme from  De Montfort University  is well suited to established professionals who wish to develop their skills or change careers, as well as students progressing from undergraduate study. 

The content of this course is endorsed by and has been developed with Channel 4, and the MA draws on the contributions of professional journalists who currently work in the industry. They have strong track records in a variety of genres and programmes.  The connection with the Channel also helps the course tutors identify potential work experience placements, and professional mentors for students.

As part of the degree, you will be expected to devise, pitch and manage your own investigations. You will be expected to pitch your ideas face-to-face to some of the most senior people in independent television investigative journalism, including Dorothy Byrne, Head of Channel Four News and Current Affairs and DMU’s Visiting Professor in Media Discourse (Journalism).

Graduate Careers

This is a specialist course designed specifically to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in investigative television journalism, so it is expected that graduates will enter that field to forge successful careers for themselves making the most of the skills and connections they have made whilst studying on the course.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Investigative Journalism – Skills And Theory
  • Introduction to Practical Investigative Journalism 
  • Investigative Journalism – Global Perspectives
  • Advanced Practical Investigative Journalism
  • Final project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Candidates should normally:

  • Have the equivalent of a British honours degree (2:1 minimum)

  • An excellent standard of English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent for international applicants).

  • Be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism through involvement in student media, online blogging or broadcast
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant knowledge and awareness of current affairs, and also a minimum of one week’s work experience in a professional newsroom. 

Exceptionally, applications may be accepted from non-graduates. It is anticipated this would apply to mature entrants with acceptable and relevant work experience, for example journalists qualified/experienced in other fields.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7920 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit.

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