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MSc/PgDipInvestigative Journalism

Why this course?

Investigative journalism is one of the most challenging and rewarding branches of the media business. Investigative journalists need to draw on a broad range of specialised skills.

This course is designed to suit both mid-career journalists wanting to specialise in Investigative Journalism, and recent graduates wishing to establish careers in the media. It combines practice with theory. The course is designed for students from overseas as well as from the UK.

You’ll study

You’ll take five core classes and choose two options.

Core classes:

  • Investigative Journalism: History & Theory
  • Investigative Journalism: Project
  • Scots Law for Journalists
  • Media Ethics
  • Multimedia Journalism

Option classes:

  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Journalism & Society
  • European Political Economy
  • European Governance
  • Comparative Public Policy

You’ll also be able to take options from the MLitt in Digital Journalism.

Dissertation

You’ll write a dissertation of 12-15,000 words on a topic related to investigative journalism. You’ll be guided by an expert supervisor.

Teaching staff

The Masters in Investigative Journalism is run by the departments of English. It is taught by award-winning journalists and distinguished academics.

Additional information

You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer on the University’s Innocence Project. This is part of the UK’s campus-based charitable Innocence Network (www.innocencenetwork.org.uk). It examines active ‘real-life’ cases of alleged wrongful convictions of the innocent.

The Strathclyde Innocence Project was the first of its kind in Scotland. It’s led by MSc Course Director and award-winning investigative journalist, Eamonn O’Neill.

This opportunity gives you the chance to use your investigative skills in a real-life scenario. You can use this experience as the basis for research as part of your project class and/or MSc dissertation topic.

Course content

Core classes:

  • Investigative Journalism: History & Theory
  • Investigative Journalism: Project
  • Scots Law for Journalists
  • Media Ethics
  • Multimedia Journalism

Option classes:

  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Journalism & Society
  • European Political Economy
  • European Governance
  • Comparative Public Policy

You’ll also be able to take options from the MLitt in Digital Journalism.

Dissertation

You’ll write a dissertation of 12-15,000 words on a topic related to investigative journalism. You’ll be guided by an expert supervisor.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, or equivalent, or professional experience demonstrating capacity to study at Masters level, and supportive academic and professional references.

You may be asked to complete a pre-entry assignment. If you've professional experience in journalism you may be asked to provide a portfolio of your writing. You’ll also be expected to submit a statement explaining why you feel this course suits your needs.

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English. For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2015/16 - MSc Investigative Journalism full-time £7,150
  • 2015/16 - MSc Investigative Journalism part-time £3,575
  • 2015/16 - PGDip Investigative Journalism full-time £5,335
  • 2015/16 - PGDip Investigative Journalism part-time £2,668

Rest of UK

  • 2015/16 -MSc Investigative Journalism full-time £7,150
  • 2015/16 - MSc Investigative Journalism part-time £3,575
  • 2015/16 - PGDip Investigative Journalism full-time £5,335
  • 2015/16 - PGDip Investigative Journalism part-time £2,668

International

  • 2015/16 - MSc Investigative Journalism full-time £12,155
  • 2015/16 - MSc Investigative Journalism part-time £6,078
  • 2015/16 - PGDip Investigative Journalism full-time £12,155
  • 2015/16 - PGDip Investigative Journalism part-time £6,078

How can I fund my course?

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Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Careers

Where are they now?

Many of our graduates are in further work or study*

Job titles include

  • Freelance Journalist
  • Investigative Journalism Intern
  • Production Assistant

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

Apply

You may be asked to complete a pre-entry assignment. If you have professional experience in journalism you may be asked to provide a portfolio of your writing. You’ll also be expected to submit a statement explaining why you feel this course suits your needs.

Investigative Journalism

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2015, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Investigative Journalism

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2015, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Investigative Journalism

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2015, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Investigative Journalism

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2015, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Investigative Journalism

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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