Research course

Journalism

Institution
University of Kent · Centre for Journalism
Qualifications
MA by researchMPhilPhD

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, the Centre will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path, eg, working or former journalists who have acquired a minimum of three years’ professional experience in the news industry. These cases are considered individually.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Postgraduate programmes in journalism at Kent offer you the opportunity to research and learn in an environment that combines excellence in the practice of convergent, multimedia journalism with intellectual leadership in the history, ethics and future of the news industry.

Research programmes are best suited to students who have a clear and original idea of a topic that they would like to investigate in detail. There are two types of programme: the MA by Research entails producing a 40,000 word thesis; the MPhil and PhD programmes demand a high level of research and analysis resulting in dissertations of c50,000 words (MPhil) or 80,000 words (PhD).

The Centre for Journalism is leading the development of journalism as an academic discipline rooted in professional newsroom practice. It was established in 2008 to achieve top standards in teaching and research.

A lively and welcoming community spirit exists within the Centre. There are regular social events, seminars and masterclasses. Recent visitors have included: Allan Little, BBC correspondent; Sarah Ivens founding Editor-in-Chief ofOK! Magazine USA; Gavin Esler, former presenter of Newsnight; Jon Snow, presenter of Channel 4 News, Mark Thompson, former Director General of the BBC, Alex Crawford three times RTS TV journalist of the year, Stephanie Flanders former Economics Editor BBC and Stuart Ramsay Sky News chief Correspondent. Thanks to the range of research and professional interests in the Centre, we can offer wide scope for research supervision.

Department specialisms

History of journalism, political reporting, environmental journalism, conflict reporting, journalism technology, democracy

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current information and application details.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
36 months

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Name
Centre for Journalism
Email
journalism@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1634 202913