Investigative Journalism

This Masters is run in collaboration with partners the Centre for Investigative Journalism and Airwars. It will equip you with the tools, techniques and mindset you need to carry out robust investigations with real-world impact.

Why study MA Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths

  • You'll be part of a thriving investigative community from day one. Our on-campus partners the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) and Airwars are closely involved in the design and delivery of the programme, and offer mentoring and other opportunities.
  • Taught by leading practitioners, you'll learn how to plan and conduct investigations from scratch, using both traditional investigative practices and cutting-edge digital tools and techniques.
  • You’ll undertake two live investigations. The first will be a group project rooted in real local concerns. The aim is to publish your work on our live local news website, EastLondonLines, delivering results for local people as well as bylines for you.
  • Your second investigation will be a sustained individual final project, supported by workshops and seminars, and closely supervised by your tutor.
  • You'll be introduced to various digital storytelling techniques, including writing for the web, audio, and data visualisation.
  • You'll learn how to turn your final investigation into a compelling story in an appropriate medium, and how to pitch it to potential publishers.
  • You'll learn the fundamentals of data-driven journalism, and how to use this in an investigation.
  • You'll study Media Law, Regulation and Ethics, and will learn how to apply this knowledge to your own investigations.
  • You'll be introduced to the major theoretical debates in the study of journalism, giving you a theoretical underpinning for your work.  

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Becky Gardiner.


1 year, full-time


Home - full-time: £TBC
International - full-time: £TBC


Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Top facilities
Our department offers hands-on experience. Depending on your programme you'll have access to a range of specialist facilities and equipment.
Research leaders
Our department has been ranked 2nd in the UK for 'world-leading or internationally excellent' research (Research Excellence Framework, 2021) and 12th in the world (2nd in the UK) in the 2022 QS World Rankings for communication and media studies.
Learn from the experts
Our academics are industry professionals and you'll have access to industry speakers and networking events.

What you'll study

Compulsory modules

You'll take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Introduction to Investigative Journalism 30 credits
Journalism in Context 15 credits
Media, Law and Ethics (PG) 30 credits
Data-driven Journalism 15 credits
Investigative Research Methods 30 credits
Final Project 60 credits

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold an appropriate first degree (2:1 or above) and have some experience in either journalism (student publications, freelance work or work experience is usually acceptable), campaigning or activism. You will be able to demonstrate a keen interest in investigative journalism, and as part of your application will be asked to pitch an idea for an investigation you would like to pursue.

We welcome applications from career-switchers, activists and others with a demonstrable interest in investigating in the public interest. If you don’t have sufficient journalism experience, we may ask for evidence of your ability to write in a journalistic style to a high enough standard.

International qualifications

If English is not your first language you must hold an IELTS score of 7.0 (no element must score lower than 6.5).

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the PG fees for students starting their programme in the 2023/2024 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £TBC
  • International - full-time: £TBC

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time under a student visa. 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.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities by exploring our Scholarship Finder below:

Additional costs

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.


You'll learn from journalists and other experts in the Department of Media Communications and Cultural Studies, alongside investigative journalists from Airwars and specialist trainers from the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

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