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.
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.
To be confirmed
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);
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.
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.