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Course summary

Develop your professional skills as a journalist with our unique Global Financial Journalism MA programme. You will gain a global outlook on business, finance and the economy and will learn directly from seasoned industry figures working for elite international news organisations. You will develop skills as a multimedia journalist by telling stories about business, finance and the economy. While many traditional roles in newsrooms are disappearing, financial journalism is growing and our graduates are in high demand. We will give you the professional skills and knowledge needed to work in fast-paced multimedia newsrooms around the world. Studying the financial sector in London will give you a unique insight into global business, while funded study trips will help you get to grips with global economics and stock markets such as the Hang Seng Index and Wall Street. Most students don’t have any background in finance but are interested in working as financial journalists. The programme also attracts working journalists who want to specialise in financial journalism, and graduates with a background in the financial sector who want to work as journalists. We welcome applications from UK/EU graduates and non-EU graduates with good English skills. The MA in Financial Journalism is unique in its international reach and includes the chance for overseas travel. The course teaches the skills needed for financial journalism. Supported by the Marjorie Deane Foundation the course aims to develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to work in a multimedia environment. Through the generous support of the Marjorie Deane Foundation for Financial Journalism, the MA Financial Journalism degree offers full tuition scholarship opportunities through the generosity of the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation for both UK/EU students and overseas students from developing countries.


By the end of the course, you will have had extensive training in the best professional practice of reporting business and financial news, working across television, radio, print and online media. You will develop professional skills in:

  • Interviewing
  • Researching
  • Writing news stories and features
  • You will develop an understanding of how to obtain and use key economic and financial data, using state-of-the art Bloomberg terminals.
  • You will have a firm grounding in corporate, financial and economic reporting, the ability to understand and manipulate financial data and to critically analyse announcements by companies and government departments.
You will also complete a final project which demonstrates your ability to write a longer piece of written journalism or a broadcast video to a professional standard. All of our MA Journalism students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project. Teaching hours are between Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Assessment method

The programme includes an online live production day reporting on the UK Budget, producing a web-based special report, and a TV production week during which you will produce a half-hour current affairs business television programme. This pathway is taught by professors, senior lecturers and lecturers, with industry practitioners as Visiting Lecturers, and a number of key industry visiting speakers. Activities include lectures, practical work in groups and individually, personal tutorials, and independent learning Assessments vary from module to module but include coursework, practical work both in groups and individually, a Final Project, and essays.

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. Within your application you should include a 250-word article on a topic of your choice in business or financial journalism. It should be based on your own personal investigation and include an interview with someone relevant to your chosen topic. Prerequisites You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Applicants that are below an upper second class degree can still apply. You may be asked to attend an interview before admission to the programme. For overseas students, this will normally be done by telephone or Skype.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Global Financial Journalism at City, University of London - UCAS