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MA Television Journalism

Goldsmiths, University of London
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
London
English
03 May 2022

Program description

MA Television Journalism

This is a highly practical, intensive programme covering everything you need to know to get started in television journalism.

Whether your sights are set on being behind the camera as a producer, appearing on screen as a foreign correspondent, or heading off to far-flung parts of the world to make investigative documentaries - it’s vital you get a solid understanding of the basics, from the ground up. 

That’s exactly what this programme will teach you: newsgathering, production, reporting skills, writing for broadcast, filming and self-shooting, video editing, presenting, online longer-form current affairs, using social media, mobile journalism, researching stories and verification. We provide a broad curriculum to the highest professional standards, so you’re prepared to work in today’s ultra-competitive, ever-changing media environment.

The programme is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), which represents broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV News, Sky, Reuters, Channel 4, and AP. The BJTC also provides valuable input from key figures within television to make sure we teach the skills the industry demands and supports the provision of work placements.

What will you learn as an MA Television Journalism student?

Employers tell us that when they’re recruiting the journalists of tomorrow, they’re looking for all-round skills, innovative ideas and a can-do attitude. You’ll also get a thorough grounding in media law and ethics, media theory and journalistic research skills and tools.

You’ll learn your craft from dedicated, hugely experienced media practitioners with careers in broadcasting and extensive teaching experience. Our teaching staff get to know all of our students personally, helping them to achieve their full potential by providing continual feedback and support.

Visiting speakers share their knowledge of current industry practice: names such as Sarah Sands (BBC Today programme editor), Paul Mason (ex Newsnight and Channel 4), Owen Jones (Guardian columnist), Emily Buchanan and David Loyn (BBC international TV correspondents), Matt Cooke (Google News Lab), Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipedia), Rich Parry (award-winning TV cameraman and director), and Stuart Earl (BBC TV, news director).

Every week during the first half of the MA students produce a TV Newsday, replicating industry practice and under supervision by experienced journalists and production tutors.  Students are also encouraged to contribute news packages and social media videos to the department’s media platforms:  London Multimedia News, EastLondonLines, Twitter, and Facebook.

Why Goldsmiths? 

Goldsmiths is renowned for its creativity, diversity and innovation. Part of the University of London, for nearly 40 years it’s been a launchpad for hundreds of famous names across the creative industries. So much of forging a successful media career is about being in the right place at the right time. Studying in the capital means that national and international broadcasters are on the doorstep, as well as thousands of independent production companies and overseas bureaux, opening up a wealth of opportunities for networking, work experience and job-hunting. The distinguished Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is based here, so our students also benefit from access to their public events programme.

Award winners

Our students go on to work for all the major UK broadcasters, including BBC, ITV News, Sky, Channel 4 news as well as international organisations such as AP, AFP, CNN, ABC and Reuters. Employers value their all-round skills and they regularly win awards for their work.

In 2017 our students won more BJTC awards than any other university, scooping prizes for Best Newsday, Best TV Documentary and the Steve Harris Award for Best Original Story, which also featured in the Guardian. They were also shortlisted for Best TV News Item. Other recent wins have included Best News Feature at the Royal Television Society and runner-up Documentary Feature in the Amnesty International student awards.

Admission requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You also need a level of practical experience, and a strong interest in television production and journalism.

You might also be considered for some programmes 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.

International students holding offers conditional upon fulfilling IELTS requirements should ensure they arrange IELTS tests in good time so that they are able supply certificates no later than June 30. This will allow proper time for consideration and the visa application process.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and no element lower than 6.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Program content

Compulsory modules

  • Television Journalism Practice
  • Asking the Right Questions: Research and Practice
  • Journalism in Context
  • Media, Law and Ethics (PG)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Local students - full-time:£10870
  • International students - full-time £21180

Career opportunities

We pride ourselves on producing ‘thinking journalists’ and that’s what gives our alumni the edge, making them so sought after by editors and programme makers.  

In the last three years alone our MA Television Journalism graduates have secured places on highly competitive trainee programmes such as BBC News, ITV News Regional Reporter and AP Global News training schemes.

Others have gone on to work for ABC New York, BBC Arabic, Sky News, Economist Films, Polish TV (London correspondent), Al Jazeera, AP newsdesk London, BBC Newsnight, Hardcash Productions/ITV Exposure, Vice France, Manchester City FC video production unit and Wimbledon Tennis championships reporting for Chinese TV. They have also won generous grants from One World Media to make documentaries in the developing world.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

With an academic legacy dating back to 1891, Goldsmiths has a rich heritage in the arts and creative disciplines and offers degrees in subjects from the humanities and social sciences to computing and law. Students at Goldsmiths are encouraged to...


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SE14 6NW London
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