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About the course

This exciting new programme focuses on the practical skills of investigative journalism, and is ideally suited to established professionals who wish to develop their skillset or change careers, as well as students progressing from undergraduate study.

The MA equips graduates with a wide range of specialist skills and competencies, which range from filming, editing and storytelling, to newsgathering, dealing with complex data and running real world investigations. The programme will provide you with the tools you need to produce commercially viable television investigations targeted at national and international audiences. The content of this course is endorsed by and has been developed with Channel 4, meaning you are assured of the highest quality teaching by expert academics, including professional journalists from a variety of disciplines with strong track records in industry and experience in helping students and trainees embark on successful careers.

As part of the degree, you will be expected to devise, pitch and manage investigations, in consultation with some the UK’s leading providers. We have a 20 year track record of launching graduates into the highly competitive world of journalism, with graduates now working for both local and national organisations like the BBC, Mail Online, top news agencies, national and international magazines and related careers such as PR and corporate communications. This is a specialist course designed to give you a specific skill set which will be directly relevant to a career in investigative journalism.

During the course you will have the opportunity to produce your own, professional standard programme to a quality where it can be pitched to major networks as your final project.

The next available start date for this course is September 2017.

Reasons to Study:

• Course developed in collaboration with Channel 4
professional endorsement from industry ensures high quality teaching by expert academics and professional journalists

• Designed with input from Industry leaders
this specialist course is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts you need to embark on a successful career in investigative journalism

• Work on live briefs
produce your own professional programme to pitch to major broadcasters or elsewhere

• First in the UK for media research
our Media Discourse group and The Centre for Cinema and Television History (CATH) informs teaching on the course allowing students to gain expertise into the subject area. DMU’s research in media was recognised as first in the UK for research output in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

• Work on live briefs
produce your own professional programme to pitch to major broadcasters or elsewhere

• More than 20 years’ experience of teaching journalism
our teaching staff have many years of industry experience which you can draw upon to develop skills and expertise that are relevant for a career in Journalism

• Excellent graduate prospects
this course will equip graduates for a successful career in Investigative Journalism, in national television as well as working for national and international news agencies and roles in PR and corporate communications

Course Structure


The programme modules include:
- Investigative Journalism – Skills and Theory
- Introduction to Practical Investigative Journalism
- Investigative Journalism – Global Perspectives
- Advanced Practical Investigative Journalism
- Final project

Teaching and assessment

You will experience a wide range of teaching styles and environments, from traditional lectures and seminars to intensive skills workshops, news days and studio work. As a postgraduate student, you will be increasingly responsible for developing your own professional practice and working with other course members to produce pieces of journalism.

You will be working collaboratively with undergraduate students and other postgraduate students from our portfolio of related journalism courses including on events.

This is an intensive programme and you should be aware that full-time engagement will be expected throughout.

There will be a diverse range of assessments, including traditional essays, presentations, case studies, phase tests and reports as well as continuous assessment of professional practice. These culminate in your final project or dissertation.

Contact and learning hours

You will normally attend at least 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions per week. As part of this, you will be expected to produce substantial amounts of journalism outside of class.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:

Funding for postgraduate students

Visit the Investigative Journalism MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!





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