Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

With an industry'informed curriculum, this future'focused MA/MSc combines computing and media and communications to reflect digital journalism at its most current. Imagine getting your work recognised by Tim Berners Lee, having your project featured in the The New York Times, or winning the Guardian’s student digital journalist awards. These are the kinds of things that happen on this dynamic programme.

From delivering news on wearables, to the latest developments in live reporting, the questions we ask are informed by an industry panel featuring the heads of digital at organisations including The Guardian, the Financial Times, and the BBC. We want to define the transformative nature of digital journalism so we explore critical and entrepreneurial approaches and get hands'on, experimenting with the latest journalistic innovations.

It’s really important for us that you graduate with a set of core digital journalism skills so half of the degree focuses on the computing side of the discipline and half on media and communications. This means you get a holistic MA, where you study the foundations of digital journalism and practise it in its most current forms.

You’ll have the chance to study multimedia and interactive journalism, look at interactive documentaries, digital reporting, and video journalism. You’ll also learn coding, so you can get to grips with using algorithms and data sets, and do social network analysis to monitor what’s going on behind the screens.

Through our partnerships with BBC news labs and The Times’ development team, we make sure we’re keeping up with industry but also working with it.

We want you to reimagine the medium while you’re here, so you get the chance to specialise in your own area of interest for your final project. This could be anything from an interactive website to a video production using interactive story telling and text. We offer a lot of support when it comes to the coding side of the course. A boot camp before the start of the programme gives you an introduction to some of the techniques and languages.

What you go away with are the core skills for news writing, video, and computational techniques and some amazing industry contacts.

Course Modules

Students without a technical background will be encouraged to take our pre'session Digital Bootcamp in September to gain a basic literacy in digital fundamentals, and to get to know fellow students. The degree consists of modules taught by both departments in a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative style. Core modules in Media introduce you to: Digital News Writing. Multimedia Production. Media Law. Core modules in Computing include: Extensive training and experimentation time in the Digital Sandbox (lab) developing a capability and literacy in Computer Science and Design. Digital Research Methods for scraping social networks, conducting investigative reports, and project management. The final practical project will be in two parts: you will undertake a period of group working running EastLondonlines.co.uk, the local news website run by the Department of Media and Communications as an editorial team, and produce an individual written and digital research project in consultation with a supervisor.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £9,840 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,600 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,840 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £14,600 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc

Qualifications required:

  • You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. Applicants with significant work experience and/or a professional qualification in a computing, digital technology or social science-related subject are encouraged. You might also be considered if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test) to study with us.