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Course summary

Build the vital skills in research and reporting that are needed to form robust investigations with the power to change lives and society. Our pioneering Investigative Journalism MA is an intensely challenging programme that focuses on the practical investigative abilities you'll need to succeed. You will learn how to investigate and communicate across different journalistic platforms. We will teach you how to investigate using open and closed sources, open-source intelligence (OSINT), data journalism, access to information laws, financial investigative journalism, interviewing and dealing with vulnerable people, and the basics of ethical undercover work.

  • We will teach you a range of skills, from basic news writing for print or online, to producing short films and podcasts.
  • We will teach you how to operate legally and ethically.
  • At the end of the course you'll produce a piece of professional-standard investigative work on the platform of your choice.


Topics on the MA in Investigative Journalism range from business and financial journalism to investigations into individuals, organisations and corporations to miscarriages of justice. You will also be taught the basic essential skills required by the media industry such as producing news and feature material, interviewing, production, law, structure of government and ethics. Core modules

  • Journalism Portfolio (30 credits) – Covers the essentials of reporting, from ideas and research to interviewing and writing, news and features, and using the Freedom of Information Act in journalism.
  • Editorial Production (30 credits) – Producing and editing content for print and online publication, including video as well as text and images.
  • Journalism Ethics (30 credits) – You put practical journalism in an ethical context with case studies and there are discussion groups in the second term.
  • Final Project (30 credits) – You explore a topic of your choice in depth to produce one or more pieces of longer-form journalism, ideally for publication online and/or in print.
  • Investigative Reporting (30 credits)
  • UK Media Law (15 credits) – You learn the basics of UK Media Law to enable you to work in a UK newsroom.
  • Data journalism (15 credits).

Assessment method

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring journalists. As a result, much of your coursework will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation.

Entry requirements

You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Alongside your application we ask for a 250 word article, which should be a write up of an interview you conducted with someone interesting in your local area. You must be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience, including regional newspapers, magazines, online, broadcast or student journalism. You don't need a set number of weeks of work experience, but we advise you to get as much as possible, both before and after submitting your application.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £22733 Year 1
International £22733 Year 1
England £11361 Year 1
Scotland £11361 Year 1
Wales £11361 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11361 Year 1

Additional fee information

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