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Science Journalism MA

City University London
Course summary
2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time
London
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Science Journalism MA

Science Journalism MA - a City University degree programme

The MA in Science Journalism at City University London  provides important basics and advanced knowledge in health practices used in science and environmental journalism whilst teaching you to be a critical consumer of scientific information.

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • You should have an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in any subject. Considerations will also be given to mature applicants with substantial work experience in science or medicine.
  • You should be able to show that you have some relevant work experience in journalism, which might include work on a university/college publication, or work experience in either science, environmental or medical journalism.

If your first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (with 7.0 in the writing component).

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Science Journalism: what next?

This journalism course is for those who want to train as professional science, environment, technology and medical journalists, and aims to prepare you for your first job in science journalism. It prepares you for a wide range of professional science journalism careers in print, broadcast and new media as well as, public relations and communication.

At the end of the MA in Science Journalism course you will be able to work in any form of science and health journalism both in specialised publications or general journalism outlets including newspapers, magazines online and the broadcast media.

Read alumni stories and see the full list of graduate destinations in the 25th anniversary issue of our alumni magazine XCity.

Training Course Content

The MA in Science Journalism course offers you a thorough grounding in the best practices in professional science, environmental and health journalism. It develops skills in science reporting, interviewing, science writing, research and broadcast, online and print production.

As well as enabling critical reflection on the legal ethical and societal responsibilities and to put those skills and that knowledge into practice.

The Science Journalism course takes advantage of its central London location by drawing on the rich heritage of the capital's scientific and medical institutions, helping you to forge links, build contact networks and enjoy unrivalled access to leading experts.

It offers a range of opportunities to report on science, health, environment, technology and food.

Throughout the year there will be regular distinguished guests to the campus to give public lectures and to work with students in small workshops.

Read the Science Journalism MA students' blog 'Elements' at www.elements-science.co.uk

Modules include:

  • Journalism practice
  • Journalism and society
  • Science and society
  • Media law
  • Public administration
  • Online journalism
  • Editorial production
  • Science reporting
  • MA Journalism project

Read the full 2014 programme specification.

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for people that want to become journalists. As a result, much of your coursework for the Science Journalism MA will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation.

Some courses are taught in lecture theatres, such as Journalism and Society 1 and Media Law, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

We advise our students that they need to be available for classes and assignments from Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Course tutors

  • Connie St. Louis | Course Director
  • Ed Yong, science writer and blogger | Online journalism
  • Henry Scowcroft, Cancer Research UK | Online production
  • Dr Toby Murcott, science writer and broadcaster | Radio and print production
  • Professor Roy Greenslade | Journalism & Society
  • John Battle | Media Law
  • Joy Johnson | Public Administration
  • Paul Bradshaw | Online Journalism

Expenses

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £18,000

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City University London

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