Entry requirements

The course is suitable for UK/EU graduates or non-EU graduates with good English skills. It is also suitable for existing journalists who want to specialise in financial journalism, and for individuals with a background in the financial sector who want to work as journalists, You should be able to show that you have a commitment to journalism through relevant work experience, which might include work on a university/college publication, or work experience, ideally in a publication dealing with business, economics or finance, You should have an upper second class honours degree in any subject, ideally in social sciences, economics, or business. Considerations will also be given to mature applicants with substantial work experience in the financial sector and/or journalism, It would be an advantage to have some knowledge or experience of economics or business, which could be demonstrated either through academic qualifications or practical experience, and good basic numeracy skills, We are looking for enthusiasm and interest - someone who wants to be a financial journalist and is prepared to work hard to achieve that goal, Rolling Admissions: students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to the course. This is a small course and places can fill up quickly. There is a rolling admission policy and students will normally be given a decision within four weeks of application. Interviews, either in person or by telephone, may be required. Once the course is full, students will be put on a waiting list or offered a deferred place, Application deadline for Marjorie Deane full scholarships: 1 April. All students who have been admitted to the programme before 1 April will be eligible to apply for the Marjorie Deane full scholarships which cover all tuition and living costs. A limited number of these scholarships are available exclusively to students on the City MAFJ course. Other Suitable Qualifications: Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students: If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Business and economic news continues to dominate the headlines and shape the political agenda. The Financial Journalism MA course is designed to train journalists to the highest professional standards in reporting business, economic and financial news.
Graduates are now working at leading media organisations: The New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, BBC.
This new MA is aimed at producing a generation of outstanding journalists who will excel at covering the next financial crisis.

Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 7.0 is required.

Fees and funding

Full-time EU: £10,000, Full-time Non EU: £19,000
Scholarship: The Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation funds several full studentships exclusively for students who have been offered places on the MA in Financial Journalism. Students must have been admitted by 15th April 2015 to be eligible, and a separate application has to be submitted to the programme administrator of the MA Financial Journalism for forwarding to the Foundation, who has the sole responsibility for awarding the studentships. The studentships can cover the full cost of tuition and living costs, dependent on need.
Marjorie Deane International Excellence Scholarships for MA Financial Journalism students
City University London is offering four competitive scholarships to outstanding students from developing countries who wish to study on the MA Financial Journalism course worth up to £9000 each. The aim is to improve the standard of financial and business reporting around the world. Students from EU countries, or countries that are members of the OECD, are not eligible. All other students who have been offered a place on the course are eligible to apply. The selection criteria are academic achievement and promise, relevant practical journalism experience, and the potential to make a difference in their home countries.
Bursaries: Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.
The following organisations have also supported students in the Department of Journalism in the past. This is not a guarantee of future sponsorship, and you are advised to check the websites of these organisations for details of future bursary and scholarship schemes: NUJ (George Viner Memorial Fund), Postgrad Solutions. Two bursaries of £500 each, open to both international and UK students. Find out more at the Postgrad Solutions website, British Council: Chevening awards. Usually for non-UK/EU students. Visit the Chevening website for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment60

Course contact details

Josie Barnes
+44 (0)20 7040 8574