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Journalism - MA/PGDip

Course Description

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), these courses 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.
-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 be taught by practising journalists with a range of experience and contacts in newspapers, magazines and online, and will have access to our newsroom, equipped with telephones, professional newswires, 24-hour news channels, industry-standard software, and a content management system (CMS) for uploading web copy.

What will you study?

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.

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.


Coursework, NCTJ examinations and coursework portfolio, and 12,000-15,000-word dissertation or practical project (MA only).

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Court Reporting
-Hands-on Journalism
-Journalism and Power
-Journalism in Context: Law, Ethics and the Industry
-Shorthand (Postgraduate)
-MA Journalism Dissertation
-Practical Journalism Project

Optional modules
-Feature Writing
-Specialist Journalism: Business
-Specialist Journalism: Sport

Visit the Journalism - MA/PGDip page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Katy Taylor

"Studying journalism at Kingston was a really rewarding experience. Although challenging at times, the MA course prompted consideration and debate about a variety of subjects, in addition to the straight teaching of the NCTJ syllabus. I have since learnt that shorthand, whilst tedious at the time, is a vital skill to practice.

"Having the opportunity to work on the riveronline.co.uk has been particularly valuable. Setting it up required collaboration as a team, and subsequent development and updates were good practice for the real world. It has been a real talking point in interviews.

"The Kingston staff were friendly and supportive and, most importantly, seem passionate about what they teach. Since I've left the course they have also made themselves available when I've needed advice about getting a job or pitching articles. It has really helped that they have been so encouraging."


Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

We normally expect candidates to have: 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.

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