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 EastLondonlines.co.uk, 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.
|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 EastLondonLines.co.uk – 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.
We also promote an interdisciplinary approach to the subject: from computational arts to games and entertainment, and from data science to digital journalism.
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
- A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- 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.
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.