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Journalism PgDip/MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Journalism MA

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 you will 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
Journalists in Context: Law, Ethics and the Industry
Shorthand (Postgraduate)
MA Journalism Dissertation
Practical Journalism Project

Optional modules

Feature Writing
Journalism Specialism: Arts and Entertainment
Specialist Journalism: Business
Specialist Journalism: Sport

What this course offers you

One of the top-ranked journalism departments in the country with excellent employment prospects. In 2013-14, 80% of students from the MA course gained jobs in journalism or related fields after graduating. Students from recent years have entered positions at Grazia,The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Channel Four News, The Daily Mail, Closer, OK!, The Daily Express, Dow Jones, Metro, Associated Press, South West News, The Lawyer, Pink News, Gulf News and a range of local newspapers.

NCTJ accreditation.The course is run in conjunction with the National Council of Training for Journalism (NCTJ) so the syllabus follows the requirements of the NCTJ Diploma.

A team of dedicated lecturers who are practising journalists with a wide range of experience and insider knowledge about working in today's industry.

Hands-on projects to develop your skills and CV through hands-on experience including producing the Kingston Courier and special projects such as Kingston Candidate.

High-profile guest speakers from organisations such as Buzzfeed, the BBC, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Channel Four and Newsquest.

Industry standard facilities including the use of a fully-equipped production office and dedicated technicians.

A lively location on the doorstep of London and the world's major news and media organisations.

Study options - you can choose to study for either a PgDip or MA award. If you opt for the MA, your dissertation allows you to focus on an area of interest and gain valuable research skills. 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 PgDip/MA 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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