Journalism & Media
Digital Journalism (Distance)
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Digital Journalism (Distance)

Middlesex University
London, Great Britain
864 Points
1 Year

Program Description

Consultants from pioneers in the digital world, such as Google News Lab and the Guardian/Observer, have contributed to make this master's course industry-relevant and at the forefront of the most innovative developments in the news business. The curriculum has been specifically designed to be consumed and shared with an online, diverse community of students from around the world.

This programme will develop your existing core and technical journalistic skills while you are encouraged to discover the type of journalist you would like to be. Find a topic or subject that truly sparks your interest and become an expert as you explore this topic critically and creatively in your final project.

Build and improve your intellectual rigour as you learn about the relevance and legacy of trends and affairs that are shaping the media landscape right now. You'll gain the skills and knowledge required to work in the media industry in a number of ways: for instance, as a data or digital journalist, or as a media analyst or researcher.

This course gives you the opportunity to push your academic work or take on a work placement. We have industry links with the a variety of national and international news outlets and our academics are at the forefront of their fields and will guide you as you develop your own specialist knowledge and practice.

All of the modules you'll study link theory with practice, giving you the chance to reflect on how you practice, why you should practice in a certain way, and the implications of journalistic practice.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Insitute (TEI)
English Level
Michigan Proficiency (ECPE)
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
International Baccalaureate
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.
TOEFL (internet based)
Required Documents
Certified Copy of the Degree Certificate/Diploma
Certified Copy of the English Certification
ID Certified Copy
Passport Certified Copy
Personal Statement - Motivation Letter
Detailed Transcript
Academic Reference Letter (1st)
Academic Reference Letter (2nd)

Other accepted qualifications:

  • Applicants who do not hold a degree but have a significant level of experience are welcome to apply but must also supply a portfolio of recent work for consideration.

Alternative English language requirements:

  • ESB ESOL International: Level 2‐Step 1
  • European Baccalaureate Language 1: Grade 7.0
  • European Baccalaureate Language 2: Grade 7.0
  • Language Cert International ESOL B2 SELT (SELT version ONLY): B2 High Pass overall and min 33/50 in each skill
  • Duolingo: Overall 110

More information:

  • If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study.


Multimedia and Digital Journalism Skills

This module will teach you how to work across and within mediums to exploit the power of synthesising a number of them together in one place. You'll learn new and innovative ways to record, report and edit stories online. If you already have skills in shooting and editing videos, you'll still be encouraged to develop these skills and create packages for online consumption. - (30 credits) Compulsory

Reporting and Accountability: Power and Ethics

In this module, you'll learn about the shifts in power we have witnessed in recent decades, as the world has been brought closer together by globalization, technology and financial markets. These developments present a myriad of challenges for journalists to overcome as their ethical practices are being stretched in a way they have never been before. - (30 credits) Compulsory

Algorithmic Journalism: Innovation in an Age of Digital Disruption

Algorithms are becoming a new power broker in news, deciding what stories are most popular, and even identifying sources for new ones. However, these are just some of the basic ways to understand how AI is changing the game in the news industry. In this module, you'll build on your knowledge of AI and learn how you might use it appropriately in your own practice. - (30 credits) Compulsory

Big Data and Coding for Journalism

Big data is big news! Learn all the historical, current and future ways data is changing the paradigm for storytelling. Understand the basics you need to code as a journalist and data visualisation techniques. Data surrounds us in a digital world, offering journalists opportunities to identify, access and report in new and innovative ways. The reporting of the Panama papers, for instance, demonstrate the sheer breadth of information that needs to be covered, synthesised and reported in ways that a wide audience can understand. - (30 credits) Compulsory

Major Project

There are two pathways to choose from in this module which offer you a degree of flexibility to specialise in a way that suits you best: either the dissertation route or through a work placement route.

You'll learn some investigative techniques to use either in an academic sense, or in a journalistic sense. You'll be encouraged to develop your critical and independent thinking, drawing on themes you have covered during the course, and explore more forensically a subject that has sparked your interest. - (60 credits) Compulsory


The career routes on offer to journalism graduates is broadening and diversifying. There are many new roles becoming available in journalism and your journalism skills are easily transferable to other careers. This marks a transition from jobs principally being available at newspapers and other legacy media to a wide range of other jobs that are being made available online, through alternative media and the wider communications industry.

Prospective students could find themselves in the following jobs:

  • journalists
  • news writers
  • editors and reporters (online, digital, data journalists or as international correspondents)
  • working for international organisations, charities, NGOs
  • online platforms (major broadcasters)
  • analysing or producing media for various corporations and companies (communications sector)

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