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Course summary

If you want to become a strong and versatile visual journalist capable of working in newsrooms, producing documentaries and current affairs programmes, this programme will give you the foundation you need. You will have an active interest in video and television, and a wide general knowledge covering lifestyle, sport and politics. Our course covers far more than general television presenting. We equip you with the skills to write, create and report visual journalism, both for yourself and for others to present. You will learn practical multimedia skills through weekly news days. This involves researching, writing, interviewing, presenting, reporting, self-shooting and editing content. You will learn practical and core journalism skills in groups of 15 and upwards through lectures, workshops and broadcast-simulated news days. Your work will be supported by core journalism principles. In the final term you will make a 28-minute documentary in a team of three. Our productions have won industry awards and been reworked for broadcast on BBC Newsnight.


All of our Television Journalism MA students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project. As a Television Journalism student you will have specialist core and elective modules that complement these projects. Core modules Journalism Ethics (30 credits) You put practical journalism in an ethical context with case studies and there are discussion groups in term two. Final Project (30 credits) You bring your skills together to make a film/radio feature or documentary, depending on the course you have chosen. Newsgathering for TV and Radio (30 credits) You learn the theory of finding and producing news for TV and radio. You take a weekly news and current affairs test; and learn how to write basic copy for broadcast news. Newsdays and Studio Production (30 credits) You undertake 15 news-days where you cover a designated area and produce a local news programme. You also look at longer form production like documentary and feature making. On MA Television Journalism you will make a “Question Time” style programme in the studio. UK Media Law (15 credits) You learn the basics of UK Media Law to enable you to work in a UK newsroom Political Headlines (15 credits) You learn the structure of British Government and how it works; and you meet journalists who report and present it. Elective modules (pick two): Data Journalism (15 credits) Journalism Innovation (15 credits) Lifestyle Specialism (15 credits) Arts & Culture Specialism (15 credits) Humanitarian Reporting Specialism (15 credits) Finance & Business Specialism (15 credits) Sports Specialism (15 credits) Political Reporting Specialism (15 credits) Popular Culture Specialism (15 credits) Reporting the Middle East Specialism (15 credits) Security & Crime Specialism (15 credits) Investigative Reporting Specialism (15 credits) Health and Science Specialism (15 credits) Podcasting (15 credits) Film, TV, Video and Radio Specialism (15 credits) Reporting North America Specialism (15 credits)

Assessment method

Assessments vary from module to module but include coursework, practical work both in groups and individually, a Final Project, a written timed test, and essays. Activities include lectures, practical work in groups and individually, personal tutorials, and independent learning This pathway is taught by professors, senior lecturers and lecturers, with industry practitioners as Visiting Lecturers, and a number of key industry visiting speakers. Assessment is part of learning, and course assessments vary to reflect the learning being achieved. They include workshop exercises, studio work, oral presentations, essays, reflections, exams and production (making journalism products), and different forms (written, oral, visual, aural), as well as being individual and team-based. Assessment Criteria are descriptions, based on the intended learning outcomes, of the skills, knowledge or attitudes that you need to demonstrate in order to complete an assessment successfully, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured. Grade- Related Criteria are descriptions of the level of skills, knowledge or attributes that you need to demonstrate in order achieve a certain grade or mark in an assessment, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured and placed within the overall set of marks. Assessment Criteria and Grade-Related Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing assessments. These may be provided in programme handbooks, module specifications, on the virtual learning environment or attached to a specific assessment task.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an upper second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Consideration will also be given to mature applicants with substantial work experience in radio and/or television journalism. You will also need to submit a word document containing two written critiques: - write a critique of 200 words on a factual documentary broadcast on TV at any time in the last six months - write a critique of 200 words on a news TV programme broadcast at any time in the last month. Students whose first language is not English are advised to apply for the International Journalism MA, which is designed specifically for students from outside the UK. All complete applications will be considered and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an open day and interview at the Institution.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £22733 Whole course
England £11361 Whole course
Northern Ireland £11361 Whole course
Scotland £11361 Whole course
Wales £11361 Whole course
International £22733 Whole course

Additional fee information

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Television Journalism at City, University of London - UCAS