Why choose this course?
Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) for over a decade, this Journalism PgDip/MA course will equip you for a career in journalism by offering the industry's most sought-after qualification alongside your PgDip or masters degree. It combines professional training and academic study with the skills you will need to succeed in this intensely competitive industry.
As well as being the only London university to offer an NCTJ diploma alongside a news journalism MA, Kingston University was ranked No.3 in London for Journalism and Publishing in the Guardian University Guide 2022.
In the last reaccreditation report from the NCTJ, it was noted that "this course plays a valuable role in producing industry-ready early career journalists".
This course offers professional skills such as news and feature writing, the latest digital techniques, broadcast journalism, media law and shorthand.
You will be taught by practising journalists and have access to a newsroom with industry-standard software. Working for a live news website, the Kingston Courier, you will produce and edit multimedia content on everything from news to sports. You will also design and produce a newspaper supplement.
Alongside your core modules, you can choose from a range of specialisms, including Sports Journalism, Data Journalism, Foreign Correspondence, Feature-writing, Fashion Journalism, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Journalism and Broadcast Journalism, where you will cover everything from making TV and radio packages to voice training.
Reasons to choose Kingston University
Kingston is the only university in London to offer the NCTJ diploma alongside an MA news journalism degree. The diploma, highly regarded by employers, is a passport to a wide range of jobs.
This is a fast-paced, exciting and very practical course. While you will be taught theory and context, this is above all a professional preparation master's degree, getting you ready for the workplace. You will be reporting, writing, filming, interviewing, editing and publishing your journalism right from the start, enabling you to build the wide range of skills needed to thrive in the industry.
93% of our Class of 2021 are in journalism and related careers, at employers including Sky News, the Daily Express and LBC.
This is a very hands-on course with field trips* to places including the BBC and the Houses of Parliament to help prepare you to work as a journalist.
*Students may be required to cover additional costs, such as travel.
National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
Kingston's links with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) open many doors for our students, including opportunities to attend networking events. Eligible students on our course have the option of applying for the NCTJ-run Journalism Diversity Fund, which provides bursaries for living and study costs to a wide range of students.
'Tutors clearly go the extra mile with pastoral care, and supporting students with particular needs.'
NCTJ accreditation report