Entry requirements

As well as an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a related subject, you should have a level of practical experience in a relevant area.

Months of entry


Course content

PTC Accrediting Panel 2012: "A course packed full of knowledge, experience and academic stretch and focus is on the right things – producing creative, thinking, enthusiastic and good journalists."

This MA – which is accredited by the Periodical Training Council (PTC) – combines practical and theoretical approaches to journalism as a multi-media skill that can be applied to newspapers, magazines, the web and television.

We produce our own local web-based news service – www.eastlondonlines.co.uk – which services the East London Line communities.

Graduates from this MA go on to work in a variety of jobs in national newspapers, magazines, television and radio. If you want to read more about them you can view the profiles our alumni site.

What you study

The practical component of the programme focuses on the basic journalistic skills common to the different media. Your work will be primarily text based, but you will learn how to apply your skills to newspapers, web, and magazines, with additional modules in video and audio.

Our magazines (produced in term three) regularly win the annual Periodical Training Council competition for student magazines.

Modules cover news writing, features and web production. Additional practical modules include: video and audio production; slide shows and mapping; design and layout; and shorthand. You are also encouraged to carry out work experience.

For the final examination you will produce a portfolio of print and web journalism work which includes your jointly-produced magazine. All your tutors will be journalists with many years' experience between them.

There are also workshops run by visiting lecturers. Past lecturers have come from The Times, Guardian, Marie Claire, Community Care, BBC, Illumina Digital, and many more.

The theoretical element of the programme comprises three lecture series:

  • Journalism in Context examines different perspectives on the relationship between ideological and economic power, with particular reference to journalism. This module specifically addresses the very particular crisis engendered by current economic and technical changes and new modes of news delivery. The module is examined by essay.
  • International Media Law addresses comparative media law and prepares students for an examination.
  • Asking the Right Questions covers research skills and is largely delivered by visiting experts in the field. It is examined via various projects requiring research skills.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you normally need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS with a score of 8.0 in the written part of the test. We do not accept TOEFL as a qualification for this MA programme.

Fees and funding

Scott Trust Bursary; please visit the Goldsmiths website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Creative work50

Course contact details

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