Kingston University

12 months
16600 GBP/year
10200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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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.


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.

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, applications will close when the course is full.




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

  • 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

    16600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    10200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Home and European Union 

  • MA part time £5,610

Overseas (not EU) 

  • MA part time £9,130


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