Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Data Journalism

University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Media

Entry requirements

The course will welcome applicants with a BA (Hons) qualification or a background in journalism, the media or a related field, who can demonstrate (through personal statement, portfolio or interview) an interest in the use of data and social media tools in the creation of journalistic narratives.

The course will also be appropriate for students with a background in design or computing, who are looking to develop a journalistic practice. It will also be suitable for applicants currently working in journalism who are interested in developing a specialism in social and data.
If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience.
Educational level may be demonstrated by:
  • Honours degree;
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn how to collect, manage and interpret data in order to find and tell journalistic stories in a range of media. Develop skills in research, community-building and narrative skills on Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms. As part of London College of Communication’s Media School, you'll benefit from being part of a community that spans the disciplines of publishing, advertising, public relations, media communications, photography, and journalism. This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant & Castle, part of University of the Arts London (UAL).

What can you expect?

The course encourages the development of social and data journalism in news and investigation as well as in cultural, lifestyle and feature-based journalism, preparing you for jobs such as data journalist, social media journalist and interactive editor. You’ll develop the key practical skills and contextual and ethical understanding needed to take up positions in two of the fastest growing fields in contemporary journalism, as well as creating new theoretical and practice-based knowledge in these still emerging areas.
Practical and technical workshops, seminars, lectures, collaborative projects and individual briefs will equip you with the experience and understanding to operate in these new and evolving fields.
About London College of Communication

The communications sector is evolving fast. Through our world-leading community of teaching, research and industry partnerships, we enable our students to develop the critical, creative and technical excellence needed to succeed and to discover new possibilities and practices. Our Design, Media and Screen Schools produce experts and award-winners across virtual reality, journalism, photography, television and sound, graphic communication, games, design management – and more.
The London College of Communication experience is all about learning by doing. Our students get their hands dirty and develop their skills through the exploration of our facilities and technical spaces. Students work on live briefs and commissions, with everything from independent start-ups and charities in Southwark, through to major global companies. Student designers, makers and innovators have worked with Nike, Penguin, the EU Commission, Colgate, Plan International, the National Trust, Nokia and Royal Mail, to name a few.

Information for international students

Language requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application.
If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.
IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four skills.
If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.

For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the International Applications page.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7514 6599