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Investigative Journalism - MA

Course Description

City’s pioneering MA in Investigative Journalism will provide you with essential basic skills, combined with innovative and in-depth research and investigation techniques.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with a firm grounding in an Arts subject, looking to specialise in the area of investigative journalism, with a view to starting a career in this field. You will have a keen interest in the media, specifically this area of journalism.


You will learn advanced research skills, including computer-assisted reporting to analyse data to find stories, and the effective use of public records and databases. The course provides case studies of high-profile investigations and will help you develop the skills needed to investigate issues of public concern, miscarriages of justice and companies, organisations and individuals within an ethical framework.

The course also offers you the opportunity to complete an investigation and to learn practical multi-media skills including television as well as print. This course moves swiftly from basic journalism to fully-fledged investigative journalism provided by leading investigative journalists, including David Leigh, former Investigations Editor of The Guardian, and award-winning Freedom of Information expert, Heather Brooke. The course is practical and encourages you to develop and practice your real-world journalistic skills and techniques. Covering both print and broadcast investigative journalism, the course is ideal as a first stepping stone into a career as an in-depth researcher and journalist.

Students and graduates of this course have worked as interns at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, based at City, University of London.


Work placements are an integral part of all Journalism MA courses, giving you the chance to put your learning into practice and, more importantly, make contacts in the industry. You are encouraged to seek work experience while you study on this course.

Academic facilities

You will gain practical skills in our state-of-the-art digital television studio, digital editing suites, radio studios and broadcast newsrooms.

In 2014 we completed a £12m development projects for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and were praised by the BJTC. Our facilities include:
-A television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced.
-Four radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station.
-Two radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme.
-Two digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites.
-Two TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production.

Teaching and learning

Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, such as Journalism and Society 1 and Media Law, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

You will receive tutoring from some of the industry’s most experienced journalists and editors.

Our students have the option of taking part in a Teeline shorthand course alongside their studies. This costs £100 (refundable if you reach 100 words per minute) and runs across two terms.


All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring journalists. As a result, much of your coursework will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation.


Topics on the MA in Investigative Journalism range from business and financial journalism to investigations into individuals, organisations and corporations to miscarriages of justice. You will also be taught the basic essential skills required by the media industry such as producing news and feature material, interviewing, production, law, structure of government and ethics.

Core modules
-Journalism Portfolio (30 credits)
-Editorial Production (30 credits)
-Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits)
-Final Project (30 credits)
-Investigative Reporting (30 credits)
-UK Media Law (15 credits)
-Political Headlines (15 credits)

Career prospects

This course aims to prepare you for a first job in any form of journalism, including newspapers, magazines, online and the broadcast media. Investigative Journalism graduates will be especially valued in jobs which require rigorous, in-depth and advanced research and investigative skills.

Graduates of this MA are now working at organisations including:
-Bloomberg TV
-Bureau of Investigative Journalism
-Health Service Journal
-Mobile News
-October Films
-Property Week
-The Art Newspaper
-The Financial Times
-The Guardian
-The Spectator
-The Telegraph
-The Times (graduate trainee scheme)

Visit the Investigative Journalism - MA page on the City, University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. You must be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience, including regional newspapers, magazines, online, broadcast or student journalism. You don't need a set number of weeks of work experience, but we advise you to get as much as possible, both before and after submitting your application. As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in the industry.

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