MA Journalism with Development Studies is an interdisciplinary course offered jointly by LSBU's School of Arts and Creative Industries and School of Law and Social Sciences. It brings together our established expertise in Development Studies with our industry-accredited provision in journalism practice.

Development issues such as migration, poverty, the environment, aid, and governance are increasingly relevant in journalism, and this course develops a theoretical understanding of these issues alongside practical journalism skills

The course offers hands-on practical professional training in the production techniques relevant for a range of multi-media and multi-platform broadcast journalistic tasks. This includes creating and presenting content for the Global Campus Network while conforming to national and international ethical and legal frameworks. The course also provides a solid grounding in key theories, concepts, and debates around development and contemporary development journalism.

You’ll have access to our new media facilities in Elephant Studio at LSBU and will be offered a work placement option in semester 2.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time 2 years September Southwark Campus


  • Contemporary issues in development
  • Research Methods for Journalism
  • Development journalism
  • Practice for International Journalism
  • Interactive web journalism
  • Dissertation

Plus one optional module from:

  • Work placement
  • Economies in Transition: Strategies for Development
  • Forced migration and human rights
  • Forced migration and development

All modules are assessed by coursework.


MA Journalism with Development Studies will draw on existing links with development organizations and the news industry to provide expertise in areas important for employment in the professional journalism and development studies field. The course offers the option of a guaranteed work placement in semester two.

A humanities Masters opens up careers in a number of professions such as teaching, social work, administration and higher level education. Graduates have forged exciting careers in research-related work, public relations, advertising, retail, management and media-related work.

Our established MSc Development Studies course attracts many students from developing countries, with direct experience of working in the field or of working for development-oriented organizations in Europe and the UK.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



The home of Journalism. London, our dedicated newsroom is fitted with 42" displays, an audio mixer, 8 line inputs and 80 channel mix, News Synergy Workstation and 15" MacBook laptops - all for student use.

Radio Studio and Control Room

Our Radio Studio is built for four people, each with their own Cardioid condenser microphone feeding into a Radio control room with a set of mixer decks for five channels of audio playback, live broadcasting tools, and on-air indicators.

Mac Lab

The Elephant Studios at LSBU Mac Lab is fitted with Quad-Core and Dual GPU MacPros, available for digital media workshops and unsupervised student work.

Teaching and learning

Class contact time is typically ten hours per week plus tutorials and independent study. You'll have access to LSBU's Moodle Virtual Learning Environment, where you can access electronic versions of core texts and other resources.

Entry requirements

  • A first degree (2:2 or higher) in a relevant subject; or
  • A Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject; or
  • A minimum three years' post-qualification experience in a relevant field.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated September 8, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
7,500 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £7500; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £3333.33; International fee: £5833.33
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