• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
This innovative MA in Investigative Reporting (Part-Time) at Birkbeck, University of London brings together leading practitioners and institutions to deliver advanced training in emergent investigative newsgathering and publishing skills applicable to a range of professional contexts, within and beyond journalism.

About

At the same time, the  MA in Investigative Reporting (Part-Time) at Birkbeck, University of London introduces you to critical accounts of the media's watchdog function and journalism's evolving social role.

Investigative journalism is at a crossroads in theory and practice. Crises of ethics and funding have brought profound changes to the nature of long form journalism, the ways in which it is produced and the institutions that invest in it.

You will be taught by a mix of academics, writers, investigative journalists, editors and bloggers. Current associate lecturers and special guest contributors include Ewen MacAskill (security and defence correspondent for The Guardian); Louise Ridley (special projects editor for Huffington Post); and Iain Overton (award-winning current affairs journalist, author and human rights reporter).

Courses address new challenges while also reflecting the constants that underpin investigative journalism ethics and storytelling. Above all, the programme presents an opportunity to both study and do investigative journalism, under the guidance of award-winning journalists and experienced academics.

Careers and Employability

Graduates can pursue careers in professional journalism - especially current affairs journalism and long-form reporting in print and online - the media, or public relations. This programme is also relevant for students seeking to enter or develop careers in the NGO or law sectors, particularly in the areas of human rights, civil liberties and corruption.

Graduates will be well-equipped to enter a range of work environments, from newspapers and online journalism to magazines and trade publications. This degree may also be useful in becoming a public relations officer, market researcher or writer.

Jobs gained by some of our journalism graduates include:

  • Producer, BBC News
  • Research Manager, BBC News
  • Project Coordinator, Sony Interactive Entertainment ltd
  • Marketing Manager, Red Deer
  • Broadcast Journalist, LBC, Classic FM, Capital and Heart
  • Staff Writer, Field Gibson Media
  • Communications Officer, Bristol Water
  • Staff Reporter, European Medical Journal
  • Executive Producer, Mongolian Media Council
  • Business Analyst, GSK
  • PR Director, Notable

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Investigative Reporting: Theory and Practice
  • Journalism by numbers: Working with data
  • Digital Culture
  • Public Relations and Professional Communications
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Media
  • Web-based Journalism and Online Media Production

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A second-class honours degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered. Applications are encouraged from those with prior investigative experience in journalism, human rights or other related fields.
  • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
  •  You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4175 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4175 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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