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Journalism, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Journalism course at Kingston University will equip you for a career in journalism by offering the industry's most sought-after qualification alongside your PgDip or masters degree. They combine professional training and academic study with the skills you will need to succeed in this intensely competitive industry.

About

Key features

  • You will take the NCTJ's exams as part of your course, providing you with a qualification considered to be a passport to a wide range of journalism jobs (we are one of only two NCTJ-accredited MAs in Journalism in the capital)
  • As well as providing practical skills, this course will engage you in discussion and debate about the state and future of the industry, and the legal, political and ethical context in which journalists operate.
  • You will go on field trips to real-life settings like the Houses of Parliament (for the module, Journalism and Power)
  • You'll enjoy hands-on experience working with audio and video, as well as learning the principles and practice of broadcast journalism through the optional module on the topic

What will you study?

During the Journalism course at Kingston University, you will develop a range of professional and practical skills and knowledge that will equip you for a job in journalism, including news and feature writing, public affairs, online journalism, media law and shorthand. In addition, you will have the opportunity to write for and edit an online edition of our newspaper, The River, and will undertake at least one industry work placement. You'll also produce the news website, The Kingston Courier and use your design skills to create a regular supplement to The River.

Once you have achieved the PgDip, which runs over two semesters, from September to May, you can continue on to the MA degree by researching and writing a dissertation or carrying out an equivalent work-based practical project. This will develop your critical thinking and analytical skills, and give you the chance to carry out independent academic research.

Where this course will take you

In addition to a possible career as a journalist, alternatives may include work in publishing, advertising and marketing, film, television, radio, arts management, new media, business and teaching. 

Every year the vast majority of our students go on to successful careers, mostly in journalism and the media, or related industries. In the last few years, our graduates progressed to roles at the Daily Express, Wandsworth Guardian, Barcroft media, Container Management, Metro, Grazia, Richmond and Twickenham Times and Investors Chronicle.

Accreditation

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Court Reporting
  • Hands-on Journalism
  • Journalism in Context: Law, Ethics and the Industry
  • Shorthand (Postgraduate)
  • Feature Writing
  • Specialist Journalism: Business
  • Specialist Journalism: Sport
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Journalism and Power

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      2 years including professional placement
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper 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).

  • a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent in an essay-writing subject, demonstrating high standards of literacy; and/or
  • evidence of substantial and demonstrable professional commitment to journalism.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8185 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8185 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Home and European Union 

  • MA part time £4,502

Overseas (not EU) 

  • MA part time £7,975

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.

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