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Journalism MFA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Journalism MFA

This course combines academic study and research with journalistic training to an advanced level. The first phase aims to equip you with the skills to progress to a senior level in this competitive industry. The second phase enables you to work on a book-length manuscript of non-fiction or a portfolio of reportage within a supportive community of journalists and guest professionals. You can also choose to complete our postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher education, preparing you for a career as a university lecturer.

Key features

All members of the course are practising journalists with a wide range of journalistic and publishing experience, and contacts in newspapers, publishing (both print and online) and magazines.

You may apply for the two-year MFA or direct entry to the second year of the course, which will follow completion of an appropriate MA in Journalism (either at Kingston University or elsewhere in the UK or abroad).

What you will study

The qualification is split into two stages – stage 1 is an MA in Journalism or Magazine Journalism; and stage 2 is the MFA (Master of Fine Arts).

At stage 1 you will develop a range of professional and practical skills to equip you for a job in journalism, including newswriting, subediting and design techniques, online journalism, research skills and media law. All students will complete a work placement with a professional journalism organisation, such as a newspaper, magazine, news agency, website, public relations agency or press office.

Stage 2 (the MFA) is assessed by a 40,000-word dissertation and a professional practice ‘log'. You will benefit from one-to-one supervision from an experienced journalist, backed by self-directed research, non-assessed seminars and workshops, and a vibrant extracurricular programme featuring guest journalists, non-fiction writers and masterclasses.

Core modules

To be confirmed

Optional modules

To be confirmed

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

This course is ideal if you want to prepare yourself for a career in journalism or PR public/media relations.

All our tutors are practising journalists with a wide range of experience in newspapers, magazines and online.

The course is split into Stage 1 (MA in Journalism or Magazine Journalism) and Stage 2 (MFA). The MA Journalism is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). The MA Magazine Journalism is recognised by the Periodical Training Council (PTC).

At Stage 1, all students complete a compulsory work placement with a professional journalism organisation, such as a newspaper, magazine, news agency, website, public relations agency or press office. We encourage students to arrange these for themselves, with some help from their tutors.

Stage 2 (the MFA) consists of a 40,000-word advanced dissertation. You benefit from one-to-one supervision from an experienced journalist and lecturer, backed by self-directed research and seminars.

You also have the opportunity to study for a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Growing numbers of employers are demanding a postgraduate journalism qualification as evidence of commitment and ability with competition for the most sought after jobs fiercer than ever before.

The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your journalism studies, you gain practical skills in:
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management;
computing; and
co-operation and teamwork.
We offer a part-time study option to help you fit the course around other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Journalism MFA 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

Stage 1: Good honours degree (2:1) or equivalent and evidence of substantial and demonstrable professional commitment to journalism. Stage 2: Successful completion of stage 1; Journalism MA or Magazine Journalism MA from another institution; or sufficient experience of professional journalism to qualify for equivalent APL credit.

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