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.
This degree is part of our School of Journalism. Find out more about what we do and other degrees we teach.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Miranda McLachlan.
What you'll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
Students without a technical background will be encouraged to take our pre-session Digital Bootcamp in September to gain 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.
|Compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Multimedia Journalism||30 credits|
|Critical Social Media Practices||15 credits|
|Media Law and Ethics||15 credits|
|Interactive Data Visualisation||15 credits|
|Digital Sandbox||30 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.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
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.
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.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
- Home - full-time: £10870
- Home - part-time: £5435
- International - full-time: £16120
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.
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.
Deadline for applications
There is no deadline for applications, however applicants are encouraged to apply early.
When to apply
Applications are open from October, and interviews typically occur from February.
Find out more about applying.
Staff who contribute to the programme include:
- Professor Robert Zimmer (Computing) Co-convener
- Terry Kirby (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies) Co-convener
- Dr Jennifer Barth (Computing)
- Dr Dan McQuillan (Computing)
- Andy Freeman (Computing)
- Dr Daniel Stamate (Computing)
- Miranda McLaughlin (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies)
- Tim Crook (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies)
- 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
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.