Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme offers students the opportunity to acquire a fast'track but grounding in practical journalistic skills, a strong working knowledge of the media industry and the principal contemporary theories of media and culture, and an ability to develop professional writing skills across journalistic genres; beyond the core skills delivered in the fast'track module, subsequent modules combine professional skills with a more conceptual understanding of how to interpret and communicate ideas in professional media work; the programme equips students with skills relevant to a wide range of professional contexts, and accordingly covers diverse aspects such as web journalism and other online media production, public relations, professional communications, and other skills relevant to the creative industries; students are strongly encouraged to develop their own areas of interest as well as to identify emerging areas of demand in the industry.

Course Modules

Students take a combination of the following option modules and complete a dissertation; option modules: advanced sub'editing; layout and design; fast'track practical journalism skills; journalistic skills in pr and professional communications; theoretical perspectives on media; web'based journalism and online media production; please note: Not all option modules are offered each year. If students are interested in further research, offer MPhil/PHD programmes in related subjects.

Course Additional Entry

A good degree in any related subject; other qualifications will be considered. Applications are encouraged from those with prior journalistic experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,995  Whole course. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,375  Whole course. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
PgCert £3,825  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
PgCert £1,975  Academic year. First year home fees