Taught course

Television Journalism

City, University of London · Department of Journalism

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an upper second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.

Consideration will also be given to mature applicants with substantial work experience in radio and/or television journalism.

Students whose first language is not English are advised to apply for the International Journalism MA, which is designed specifically for students from outside the UK.

All complete applications will be considered and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an open day and interview at the Institution.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is suitable for students with a first degree looking to become good all-round television journalists capable of working in newsrooms, on multi-media and in documentaries and current affairs. Applicants should have an interest in video and TV films and have a broad general knowledge including lifestyle, sport and politics. While this course is NOT about TV presenting, it’s important that you aren’t afraid to be in front of the camera and even more important that you are keen to write and provide material for others to present. Vitally, you should want to communicate using moving pictures and be excited by the wonderful world of television!

MA Television Journalism has an outstanding reputation in, and unparalleled contact with, the professional world - each Wednesday students work in the journalism industry.

With weekly newsdays, students learn practical multimedia skills: finding, researching, writing, newsgathering, interviewing, presenting, reporting, self-shooting, and editing content, all supported by core journalism principles (Media Law, Journalism Ethics, Data Journalism and Political Headlines).

Students make half-hour documentaries in teams of three in the final term. These have won such awards as Guardian Young Journalists of the Year, BJTC documentary award, and been re-worked for broadcast on BBC Newsnight.

30 students work in teaching groups of 15 ensuring daily personal contact with tutors including former BBC/ITV self-shooting producer-director Sally Webb; ABC news producer Mike Trew; investigative journalist Paul Lashmar; FOI campaigner Heather Brooke; BBC World Service’s Dr Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar; former Reuters editor Lloyd Watson and former editor of The Andrew Marr Show Professor Barney Jones.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must get a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS English language test, including at least 7.0 in the writing component of the test and no lower than 6.5 in any other component. Students from outside the UK might wish to apply for the International Journalism MA, which is specifically designed for a global cohort.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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