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Journalism (MA)

Course Description

The MA in Journalism is accredited by the Periodical Publishers Association and combines practical and theoretical approaches to journalism as a multimedia skill- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-journalism/

This MA covers everything from online news writing to digital methods of delivering news and feature content and magazine production. It is taught by highly skilled industry professionals, all with experience at senior national level in newspapers, broadcasting and magazines.

You will work on our own local news website - EastLondonLines - which covers a large area of East and South London and provides unrivalled experience of practical journalism.

Graduates enjoy high levels of success and go on to work in a variety of jobs in newspapers, magazines - both in print and online - and in broadcasting. To find out more about the kind of career you might have with a Goldsmiths MA in Journalism, read about our graduates on our own special alumni site.

But do not just take our word for it. This is what the PPA Accrediting Panel said in 2012: "A course packed full of knowledge, experience and academic stretch and focus is on the right things - producing creative, thinking, enthusiastic and good journalists." And this is what they said after their last visit in 2014: "There is nothing to be improved on. We can't find fault with this course!"

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Terry Kirby.

Modules & Structure

The programme module is divided into a series of modules that cover the key practical skills and theoretical background. There are no optional modules or alternate pathways.

The four practical modules focus on the basic journalistic skills common to different media: news and feature research and writing, interviewing, image, video and data skills print and online production techniques. You will learn how to apply these skills across all platforms.

In the summer term, you work in groups to produce magazines. In the past, these have won the annual Periodical Publishers Association competition for student magazines. This year, one group of our students took the top prize in the successor Magazine Academy Awards for a magazine about independent cinema.

There are four lecture-based theoretical modules in which we give you the background theoretical knowledge to become expert practictioners. These are:

Journalism in Context, which places journalism in the wider political and social context
Media Law and Ethics, which delivers a grounding in legal issues
Asking the Right Questions, helping you develop key research skills
Politics and Power, a module that delivers a basic grounding in how government and public sector operate
Practice modules are largely assessed by portfolios of your work, while theory modules are all assessed by essays or written research work.


Graduates go on to work in a wide variety of jobs in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, and online media. You can read some of their profiles on our alumni site.


You'll develop:

familiarity with a wide range of journalistic techniques and practices
specific practice skills to a high level
awareness of the wider ethical, legal and technological contexts of journalistic practice
awareness of the qualities of your own work and its cultural significance
an understanding of the pleasures of media consumption
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.

Alumni profiles

Take a look at some of our recent success stories:

Serina Sandhu (graduated 2014) Reporter, Independent on Sunday

Emma Craig (graduated 2012) Sub editor, Daily Mail

Lena de Casparis (graduated 2009) Culture Director, Elle Magazine

Laurance Dodds (graduated 2012) Assistant Comment Editor, Daily Telegraph

Daisy Bowie Sell (graduated 2010) Time Out

Riddi Shah (graduated 2005) The Hindustan Times


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Journalism (MA) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Vinutha Mallya

133.gif Before coming to study at Goldsmiths, I was a journalist in India. I had already obtained a Master’s degree in communication, but after working as a writer and a journalist for a couple of years, I felt the need to specialise, hone my skills and gain some experience in an international environment.

Even though I received part scholarship for a journalism programme at another university in the UK, I chose Goldsmiths, not only because of its reputed Media and Communications Department, but also because it was located in London, where the hotbed of journalism churns out many of the best publications in the business.

I am glad I chose Goldsmiths because the MA Journalism programme is one of the finest – the hands-on, practice-oriented approach helps a student to learn by doing. The teachers in the Media and Communications Department are well-established journalists and renowned media theorists, who took a keen interest in our learning and continue to help us when we seek it.

Our small, hand-picked class of 12 were a mix of British and international students, who supported each other through the demands of the rigorous course. I had the chance of not only studying journalism, but also learning about British society through it. The atmosphere of the campus was always charged with a creative spirit and it was great fun to hold discussions with students studying other areas like anthropology, art, drama and music. Having lived in the halls of residence with other international students, I now have friends spread all over the world.

The gamble of having chosen to be in London paid off, and not long after I started at Goldsmiths, I had a part-time job with the Guardian Unlimited, where I worked 20 hours a week for nine months – a dream come true for a foreign student studying journalism in the UK. I was happy to be in a newsroom in London, which has many similarities to and differences from a newsroom in India. London itself is a vibrant and exciting city because of its diversity and culture.

I left the UK to return to India in November 2003 and the credentials I came back with opened up many opportunities. I now have a job which demands extensive international travel, which I can cope with confidently, all thanks to the year that I spent at Goldsmiths in London.


Fee waivers for MA programmes - 13 Awards

Fee waivers Equivalent in total to 13 full-time home/EU fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Equivalent in total to 13 full-time home/EU fees


Eligible for home, EU and international students applying for relevant MA programmes.

Application Procedure

If you confirmed an offer for an eligible programme by 1 May 2015 you automatically become eligible for the fee waiver scheme that will fund waivers equivalent in total to 13 full-time home/EU fees. International students are also eligible for the scheme.

Further Information



Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico
* The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.

Application Procedure

Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

Further Information



Goldsmiths Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Home and EU students (full-time and part-time).

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information



The Goldsmiths' Company Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Please see website for more details

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students on taught postgraduate programmes (not including MA Filmmaking or PGCEs) starting October 2015. You must be: a UK student; new to postgraduate study; experiencing financial difficulties. You should also demonstrate academic potential and you must not be in receipt of any Goldsmiths, AHRC or ESRC funding.

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard and have evidence of some journalism (or equivalent) experience. IELTS 7.5 (including 8.0 in the written test).

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