Taught course


Kingston University · Kingston School of Art
MAMA with placement

Entry requirements

We normally expect candidates to have:

  • a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent in an essay-writing subject, demonstrating high standards of literacy; and/or
  • evidence of substantial and demonstrable professional commitment to journalism.

Months of entry


Course content

Why choose this course?

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) for over a decade, this Journalism PgDip/MA course will equip you for a career in journalism by offering the industry's most sought-after qualification alongside your PgDip or master's degree. It combines professional training and academic study with the skills you will need to succeed in this intensely competitive industry.

As well as being the only London university to offer the NCTJ diploma alongside your MA, Kingston University was ranked 1st in London for Journalism and Publishing in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

In the last reaccreditation report from the NCTJ, it was noted that "this course... plays a valuable role in producing industry-ready early career journalists".

All of the modules are taught by practising journalists with a range of experience and contacts. As well as teaching you practical skills, the course will engage you in discussion and debate about the state and future of the industry, and the legal, political and ethical context in which journalists operate. Alongside your core modules, you can choose from a range of specialisms, including Sports Journalism, Data Journalism, Feature-writing and Broadcast Journalism, where you will cover everything from making TV and radio packages to voice training.

You will develop a range of professional, practical skills and knowledge that will equip you for a job in journalism, including news and feature writing, public affairs, online journalism, media law and shorthand. You will have the opportunity to report and write for our news website, the Kingston Courier, which is run by our postgraduate students. Using your acquired design skills, you'll learn to produce a print supplement to our university newspaper, The River.

Once you have achieved the PgDip, which runs over two semesters from September to May, you can continue on to the MA degree by researching and writing a dissertation or carrying out an equivalent work-based practical project. This will develop your critical thinking and analytical skills, and give you the chance to carry out independent academic research.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA with placement
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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