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Computational and Data Journalism (MSc)

Course Description

This full-time MSc focuses on the development of knowledge and skills through research-informed learning in digital journalism, data science, computer coding and digital development. These core elements in the MSc programme will be supplemented by a range of options enabling students to study media and computational issues by participation in new and existing modules delivered within the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and the School of Computer Science and Informatics.

Students will benefit from a dedicated programme of seminars to harmonise their skills and understanding across these two different disciplines and to bring together the issues arising from the existing teaching modules.

The JOMEC optional modules offer students the opportunity to address media issues where data and digital skills are relevant such as health and science media; business and economics reporting; international crisis reporting and the transition from print to digital platforms.

Additionally, the School of Computer Science and Informatics will offer new modules in Visual Communication and Information Design and Web Application Development, delivering the skills required for students to retrieve, analyse and present data.

The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies will also offer a new compulsory module: Digital Investigation, as an introduction to the history and current issues in computer-assisted reporting. This MSc in Computational Journalism is primarily designed for recent graduates seeking a rigorous foundation for a career in digital journalism, media development and the creative industries.

Visit the Computational and Data Journalism (MSc) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree.Applications must include a personal statement that outlines the applicant’s reasons for applying, and at least one reference letter. Applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 7.0 (with a minimum subscore of 6.0 in each component), or an equivalent English language qualification.

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