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. Eligibility for Stage 2 is dependent on either: successful completion of Stage 1; Journalism MA or Magazine Journalism MA from another institution; or sufficient experience of professional journalism to qualify for equivalent APL credit.

Months of entry


Course content

This course combines academic study and research with journalistic training to an advanced level. The first phase aims to equip you with the skills to progress to a senior level in this competitive industry. The second phase enables you to work on a book-length manuscript of non-fiction or a portfolio of reportage within a supportive community of journalists and guest professionals. You can also choose to complete our postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher education, preparing you for a career as a university lecturer.

Key features

  • All members of the course are practising journalists with a wide range of journalistic and publishing experience, and contacts in newspapers, publishing (both print and online) and magazines.
  • You may apply for the two-year MFA or direct entry to the second year of the course, which will follow completion of an appropriate MA in Journalism (either at Kingston University or elsewhere in the UK or abroad).

What will you study

The qualification is split into two stages – stage 1 is an MA in Journalism or Magazine Journalism; and stage 2 is the MFA (Master of Fine Arts).

At stage 1 you will develop a range of professional and practical skills to equip you for a job in journalism, including newswriting, subediting and design techniques, online journalism, research skills and media law. All students will complete a work placement with a professional journalism organisation, such as a newspaper, magazine, news agency, website, public relations agency or press office.

Stage 2 (the MFA) is assessed by a 40,000-word dissertation and a professional practice ‘log'. You will benefit from one-to-one supervision from an experienced journalist, backed by self-directed research, non-assessed seminars and workshops, and a vibrant extracurricular programme featuring guest journalists, non-fiction writers and masterclasses.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes other qualifications we'll consider: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/ for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

08448 544972/+44 (0)20 3308 9929