Minimum 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant academic subject (eg, politics, history, English, international relations) and demonstrable interest in and aptitude for journalism. Suitably qualified applicants will be invited for interview and will be required to sit an entrance test. In certain circumstances, the Centre will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Head of Centre and/or the Director of Learning and Teaching and the Director of Graduate Studies.
Two pathways: taught MA and MA with dissertation
Months of entry
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.
The MA programme teaches multimedia journalism to graduates who are determined to pursue a career in the news industry. You learn to report for newspapers, websites, radio and television in a live newsroom environment. Using state-of-the-art technology and working to real deadlines, you upload your work to the internet.
Your tutors are award-winning journalists with decades of front-line experience in national and international news. Every day starts with an editorial conference and the programme balances intense focus on journalism as practical reality with intense academic study and reflection.
Compulsory modules in Reporting and Writing, Media Law and Ethics, and Principles and Practice of Convergent Journalism introduce you to the professional challenges of modern reporting and prepare you to pass the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ Diploma in Journalism (this involves passing papers in shorthand, public affairs, law and reporting). You choose academic modules from a range including: History of Journalism; Communication and Humanitarianism; Political Reporting and Propaganda - Media, Manipulation and Persuasion.
You may choose to complete a dissertation.
Teaching and Assessment
The degree is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars, masterclasses, news days, tutorials and editorial conferences. Assessment is by coursework (including essays, reporting exercises and presentations) and examinations. The optional dissertation counts for a third of the final grade.
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
A unique Daily Mail scholarship offers one student per year on the MA in Multimedia Journalism £10,000 and a work placement at the Daily Mail. Details are available at our website
Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Professor Tim Luckhurst, Centre for Journalism
- +44 (0)1634 202913