MA/MSc in Digital Journalism

  • Length
    1-year full time or 2 years part-time
  • Department
    Media and Communications, Computing

Course overview

With an industry-informed curriculum, this future-focused MA combines computing and media and communications to reflect digital journalism at its most current.

Imagine getting your work recognised by Tim Berners Lee, having your project featured in the The New York Times, or winning the Guardian’s student digital journalist awards. These are the kinds of things that happen on this dynamic programme. 

The questions we ask

From delivering news on wearables, to the latest developments in live reporting, the questions we ask are informed by an industry panel featuring the heads of digital at organisations including The Guardian, the Financial Times, and the BBC. We want to define the transformative nature of digital journalism so we explore critical and entrepreneurial approaches and get hands-on, experimenting with the latest journalistic innovations. 

The processes we use

It’s really important for us that you graduate with a set of core digital journalism skills so half of the degree focuses on the computing side of the discipline and half on media and communications. This means you get a holistic MA, where you study the foundations of digital journalism and practise it in its most current forms.

You’ll have the chance to study multimedia and interactive journalism, look at interactive documentaries, digital reporting, and video journalism. You’ll also learn coding, so you can get to grips with using algorithms and data sets, and do social network analysis to monitor what’s going on behind the screens.

The approach we take

Through our partnerships with BBC news labs and The Times’ development team, we make sure we’re keeping up with industry but also working with it. 

We want you to reimagine the medium while you’re here, so you get the chance to specialise in your own area of interest for your final project. This could be anything from an interactive website to a video production using interactive story telling and text.  We offer a lot of support when it comes to the coding side of the course. A boot camp before the start of the programme gives you an introduction to some of the techniques and languages. 

What you go away with are the core skills for news writing, video, and computational techniques and some amazing industry contacts.


Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Miranda McLachlan

Modules & structure


Students without a technical background will be encouraged to take our pre-session Digital Bootcamp in September to gain a basic literacy in digital fundamentals, and to get to know fellow students. 

The degree consists of modules taught by both departments in a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative style.

Core modules in Media introduce you to:

  • Digital News Writing
  • Multimedia Production
  • Media Law

Core modules in Computing include:

  • Extensive training and experimentation time in the Digital Sandbox (lab) developing a capability and literacy in Computer Science and Design
  • Digital Research Methods for scraping social networks, conducting investigative reports, and project management

The final practical project will be in two parts: you will undertake a period of group working running, the local news website run by the Department of Media and Communications as an editorial team, and produce an individual written and digital research project in consultation with a supervisor.

Module title Credits
  Digital News Writing 15 credits
  Multimedia Production 15 credits
  Media, Law and Ethics 15 and 30 credits
  Digital Sandbox 30 credits
  Digital Sandbox Seminars 15 credits
  Digital Research Methods 15 credits
  MA/MSc in Digital Journalism Major Project/Dissertation 60 credits


You are required to undertake and pass every element of the programme. Each module is individually assessed using a variety of provisions including digital projects, written work, and exam.

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


We are ranked:
27th in the world for communication and media studies**
1st in the UK for the quality of our research***

Media and Communications

We’ve also been ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top graduate universities for media professionals, because so many of our graduates go on to find jobs in the industry.

The department includes some of the top academics in the world for this discipline – the pioneers of media, communications and cultural studies. They actively teach on our programmes, and will introduce you to current research and debate in these areas. And many of our practice tutors are industry professionals active in TV, film, journalism, radio and animation.

We also run – our 24/7 student news website – which gives students the opportunity to gain experience working in a real-time news environment.

And we run regular public events featuring world-renowned writers and practitioners that have recently included Danny Boyle, Gurinda Chadha, Noel Clark and Tessa Ross. So you’ll get to experience the latest developments and debates in the industry.

Find out more about the Department of Media and Communications

**QS World University Rankings by subject 2016
***Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

Computing at Goldsmiths is ranked: 2nd in London for this subject area** 17th in the UK for the quality of our research***


The Department of Computing offers a creative, contemporary and pioneering approach to the discipline.

From developing computers that can compose music and paint pictures, to defining and implementing new social media tools and applications, we aim to invigorate computing and the world around it. 

Learn by doing

We place a great emphasis on creativity, independence and ‘learning by doing’. Students undertake practical work in real-world situations, carrying out projects in ways that mirror industry practice. 

Interdisciplinary approach

We also promote an interdisciplinary approach to the subject: from computational arts to games and entertainment, and from data science to digital journalism. 

Industry experts

You’ll be taught by industry experts – our academics are deeply engaged in current research, with many applying their knowledge and skills to developing cutting-edge technology. And we have close links with industry, too, regularly inviting leading professionals to deliver lectures and talks. 

Find out more about the Department of Computing.

**Guardian University League Tables 2017

***Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings


Staff who contribute to the programme include:

Suggested reading


  • Hicks Wynford and Tim Holmes,(2002) Subediting for Journalists, Routledge
  • Kovach, B. & Rosenstiel, T. (2007) The Elements of Journalism. New York: Three Rivers Press
  • McKane Anna (2007) News Writing, Sage
  • Wolfe, T. (1975) The New Journalism. UK: Picador
  • Lee-Wright, Angela Phillips, Tamara Witschge (2011) Changing Journalism, Routledge
  • Liebling, A.J. (1961) The Press. Ballentine
  • Malcolm, J. (1990) The Journalist and the Murderer. Knopf
  • Kelly, J. (1999) Red kayaks and hidden gold: citizen journalism Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
  • Phillips Angela (2007) Good Writing for Journalists, Sage

Digital Journalism

  • Andre, P., et al, Who Gives a Tweet? Evaluating Microblog Content Value 
  • Christensen, C. Anthony, S. Roth, E. (2004) Seeing What’s Next: Using the theories of innovation to predict industry change; Boston, MA; Harvard Business School Press
  • Fenton, Natalie. New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2010
  • Gillmor, D., We the Media; Grassroots journalism by the people, for the people. Sebastapol, CA., O’Reilly 2004
  • Luckie, Mark S. The Digital Journalist's Handbook. Lexington, KY: CreateSpace, 2010
  • Negroponte, Nicholas. Being Digital. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995
  • Scott, B. (2005) A Contemporary History of Digital Journalism. Television and New Media 6 (1) pp. 89-126
  • Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody. New York : Penguin Press, 2008


  • Haverbeke, Marijn (2011) Eloquent JavaScript. No Starch Press,
  • Janert, Philipp K. (2011) Data Analysis with Open Source Tools. O’Reilly
  • Robbins, A. and Beebe, N.H.F. (2005) Classic Shell Scripting, O'Reilly 
  • Russell, Matthew A. (2011) Mining the Social Web, O'Reilly

Skills & careers

Our graduates have gone on to work within diverse roles from delivering communications for UNICEF in Bangladesh, to creating content for Rolling Stone magazine in New York.

Find out more about skills and careers at Goldsmiths

Student profiles

David Blood

"The Digital Journalism programme combines traditional news and feature writing with modern digital techniques: skills now most in demand in the industry."

"My job is about finding ways to use data, code and multimedia to enrich and improve storytelling across the newsroom.

The Digital Journalism programme combines traditional news and feature writing with modern digital techniques, including video production, data visualisation and coding: skills now most in demand in the industry. I also spent several weeks working on EastLondonLines, the local news website, including running the 2015 General Election coverage. This allowed me to practise my news writing and editing skills as well as use data to analyse the local results.��

I was attracted to the programme because it is run with the Department of Computing, so I knew the technical side would be grounded in real computer science. This is not a journalism programme with a bit of techie stuff just bolted on!

A great strength of the Masters
is the lecturers’ knowledge of the industry and understanding of the importance of networking. I was encouraged to attend events and pursue internship opportunities that opened a lot of doors for me."


"Whenever I meet with professionals from media organisations and tell them about things we learned and practiced on the MA/MSc Digital Journalism, they are impressed and tell me that there is a high demand for graduates of this programme."

"I chose the MA/MSc in Digital Journalism at Goldsmiths after spending around three months looking at postgraduate qualifications in media, communication and journalism. When I looked at the courses on the programme, it struck me that it was as if the person who combined the course content was able to read my mind. 

The syllabus was practical, comprehensive and combined almost everything I wanted to learn to do. The course made my wishes come true. It enabled me to do things faster, more accurately and more efficiently. Things I previously thought were impossible now seem very easy to achieve with the arsenal of digital tools the course introduced me to.

I think that the programme is for journalists who want to create the future of journalism and be 10 years ahead of the industry. It is for those who are not afraid of learning new things and combining unlikely tools and techniques from previously unconnected domains of science. I found myself combining political science with machine learning with computational linguistics with journalism."


"The best thing about my course is it triggers you not only to expand your perspective theoretically, but also introduces you into some very specified and technical knowledge that you will need in the professional field."

"Journalism is both ideology and practice. The best thing about my course is it triggers you not only to expand your perspective theoretically, but also introduces you into some very specified and technical knowledge that you will need in the professional field.

I'm one of Goldsmiths' International Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. Before attending Goldsmiths, I worked as a journalist. The scholarship is clearly one of the most substantial stepping stones in my career as a journalist. Having been involved in the industry for four years, I won two journalism awards and worked in a multiplatform environment throughout various world-class media companies such as National Geographic and The Jakarta Post.

In my spare time, I contribute stuff for several publications, such as Rolling Stone magazine and local music websites in Indonesia. I co-founded an Indonesia-based music project called Sounds From The Corner ( Goldsmiths is like the funky-friendly uncle you never had. Love the vibe."

See more profiles for this programme

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. Applicants with significant work experience and/or a professional qualification in a computing, digital technology or social science-related subject are encouraged.

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.

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

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online

           Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

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