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Investigative Journalism MA

Endorsed by and developed with Channel 4, this course has been designed to address industry demand and to find and educate the next generation of audio-visual investigative journalists. 

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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Overview

 

This course is the result of a unique collaboration between DMU and one of the country’s most respected broadcasters, Channel 4. It will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge for a successful career in investigative video journalism.

Designed by industry experts, the course addresses skills such as in-depth research, handling complex data, understanding financial information, and working undercover. After a thorough grounding in media law, regulation and ethics, you will receive tuition in various investigative techniques, including using the Freedom of Information Act, data journalism and financial journalism.

You will also be taught how to use specialist camera equipment, and how to plan, shoot and edit your own material with a view to making industry-standard, broadcast-quality journalistic films. This is supplemented by a survey of the academic study of journalism, all of which is intended to help you flourish as a practitioner.

The connection with Channel 4 helps the course tutors identify potential work experience placements, and professional mentors for students.

Recent graduates have gone to work as directors, presenters, reporters and researchers with national and international news and current affairs broadcasters, including the BBC and Channel 4. 

Key features

  • Study for an MA that has been endorsed by and developed in collaboration with Channel 4. This means that you will receive industry-standard teaching from expert academics and professional journalists.
  • Specialise by studying a course that is solely aimed at producing investigative video journalists.
  • Experience a wide range of teaching styles and environments, from traditional lectures and seminars to intensive skills workshops, news days and studio work.
  • Choose to independently produce a piece of investigative journalism suitable for broadcast by one of the mainstream outlets as part of your final semester project.
  • Benefit from our academics’ extensive experience as journalists, filmmakers, media consultants and producers to develop the skills you need to launch your career.
  • Study on a course that is suitable for both established professionals and graduates wanting to break into the field. 

News stories/case studies 

DMU grad Chanell Wallace  landed a sought-after role of presenting an episode of BBC One’s Panorama, thanks to her tireless work around knife crime. She said: “I want young people to know that no matter where you come from, you are in charge of your destiny. Proper representation in the media and society plays a big part in achieving this.” 

From working on documentaries for national television to presenting his own BBC radio show,  Rakeem Omar  is putting his  Investigative Journalism MA  to good use. He said: “I actually used my skills to help change someone's life for the better. It's crazy because that's the whole reason I became a journalist.” 

Scholarships

International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

Investigative Journalism Scholarships and Bursaries:

DMU fee waiver scholarship worth £7,920, find out how to apply

BAFTA Scholarship eligible course. Find out more

 

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Graduate success stories:

BBC commission is a 'dream come true' for Chanell

Taking a risk proves career-changing for DMU grad Rakeem

Investigative Journalism grad hits the ground running with TV job

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Course code: P50074

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 full-time fees for UK students: £8,170 per year.

For 2021/22 entry, part-time fees will be £680 per 15 credits.

 


Scholarship awards available.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Institution code: D26

Course code: P50074

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition full-time fees for EU and international students: £15,100 per year.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

Candidates should normally:

  • Have the equivalent of a British honours degree (2:1 minimum)

  • An excellent standard of English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent for international applicants).

  • Be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism through involvement in student media, online blogging or broadcast
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant knowledge and awareness of current affairs, and also a minimum of one week’s work experience in a professional newsroom. 

 

Exceptionally, applications may be accepted from non-graduates. It is anticipated this would apply to mature entrants with acceptable and relevant work experience, for example journalists qualified/experienced in other fields.

 

All candidates must complete a written application that will form the basis for selection at interview. Therefore, we expect a substantial and well-written personal statement, which evidences a strong and persuasive case for your acceptance onto the course.

If you would like to discuss the course or would like to visit us, contact programme leader Pervez Khan at pervez.khan@dmu.ac.uk

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

Investigative Journalism Skills and Theories
introduces you to the core themes that underpin the knowledge you need to be an effective investigative journalist. You will study the range of law that affects journalists, including libel, copyright, contempt, privacy and confidentiality, freedom of information and data protection. 

Introduction to Practical Investigative Journalism
introduces you to the wide range of skills needed to become an effective investigative journalist. The module combines practical, equipment-based training with a wider focus on core investigative skills.

Investigative Journalism Global Perspectives
builds on the basic theoretical frameworks of earlier modules and applies them to the in-depth study of significant investigations. You will learn how to deal with complex data in investigations and attend talks from visiting speakers on how video investigative journalism is done in other countries around the world. 

Advanced Practical Investigative Journalism
pulls together the skills and competencies you have developed throughout the programme. You will undertake advanced work with editing, production and dealing with specialist equipment to produce journalist pieces. Industry experts will be on hand to make sure you understand the current markets for your work and how to pitch and complete ideas.

Final Project
You have a choice of options for your final project. It is expected that you will independently produce a piece of investigative journalism suitable for broadcast by one of the mainstream outlets. However, you can also choose to write a 15,000 word dissertation in lieu of this.

 

 

 

 

You will experience a wide range of teaching styles and environments, from traditional lectures and seminars to intensive skills workshops, news days and studio work. As a postgraduate student, you will be increasingly responsible for developing your own professional practice  and working with other course members to produce pieces of journalism.

You will be working collaboratively with undergraduate students and other postgraduate students from our portfolio of related journalism courses including on events.

 

 

This is an intensive programme and you should be aware that full-time engagement will be expected throughout.

There will be a diverse range of assessments, including traditional essays, presentations, case studies and reports, as well as continuous assessment of professional practice. These culminate in your final project or dissertation. 

Contact and learning hours

You will normally attend at least 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions per week. As part of this, you will be expected to produce substantial amounts of journalism outside of class.

 

Current staff on the programme include:

Pervez Khan

Pervez Khan is a senior Producer/Director and Series Producer across both film and TV documentary. His portfolio of work stretches over 17 years and includes flagship current affairs investigations for Channel 4's Dispatches and BBC's Panorama strands. His work has won several Royal Television Society awards, a BAFTA nomination, a Sandford and a host of international awards.

Pervez's undergraduate degree was in history and film, but his specialisms concentrate on his ever-evolving knowledge of current documentary production and broadcast investigation techniques. His aim is to bring a flavour of today's broadcast industry into the classroom.

David Hayward

David Hayward is a journalist, writer and media consultant. He works with news organisations, governments, NGOs and charities, designing online video, digital media and crisis communications strategies. David was a journalist at the BBC for 18 years. He worked across the organisation, as a reporter, producer and senior editor, in network radio, TV and for the BBC World Service Trust in Bosnia, Albania and Romania. His most recent role was head of the BBC Journalism Programme. The programme was designed to keep the BBC at the vanguard of the digital news revolution. He established and turned it into an internationally renowned series of conferences, master-classes, debates, workshops and training courses. These included the BBC Social Media Summits in partnership with the New York Times

David has a strong track record of leading teams at the forefront of the move into multi-skilled, multi-media working. He was editor of the first BBC multi-media newsroom and led several high-profile projects, including the BBC’s Local TV pilot. He lectures and writes about ethics and the changing nature of journalism and is regularly invited to speak at conferences in the UK and internationally.

 

 

Hannah Cogan

Hannah is a producer, filmmaker, and investigative journalist who has worked across documentaries and current affairs in Britain and North America. She has worked in strains including Dispatches and Unreported World, as well as producing for Channel 4 News. She took part in the Investigative Journalism Training Scheme at Channel 4 and holds an MA in Investigative Journalism from City University. Prior to working in television, she assisted in investigations at The Times and Private Eye.

Hannah teaches and trains journalists and filmmakers at the secondary school, university, and professional levels. She teaches the secondary school journalism program at Queen's College, Cambridge, lectures on the JOUR5101 and JOUR5103 modules at DMU, and trains journalists in research and filming techniques for Channel 4

Professor Stuart Price

Stuart is Professor of Media and Political Discourse, Chair of the Media Discourse Group, co-editor of the books series ‘Protest, Media and Culture’ (including ‘Sites of Protest’, 2016), and the author of a number of monographs, book chapters and articles on Media, Communication and Politics (including ‘Worst-case Scenario’, 2011). He is also programme leader for the MA course Global Media. A highly experienced PhD supervisor, Stuart’s research interests include the role of journalists in the dissemination of meaning, news discourses and the ‘war on terror’.

 

 

Facilities and features

Endorsed by Channel 4

Dorothy Byrne, Head of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs and Visiting Professor in Media Discourse at DMU, said: “Channel 4 is committed to training the next generation of investigative journalists. Our current Investigative Journalism Training Scheme provides training in investigative skills to working television journalists with more experience.

“This collaboration with DMU takes our commitment a stage further providing a very high quality MA with teaching provided by professionals who are themselves television journalists of the highest calibre. It’s vital for the future of investigative television journalism that we train up a new generation and widen the pool of talent to include people from diverse backgrounds.

“Quite a number of people have general television making skills, but lack the sort of specialist knowledge required.” 

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Opportunities and careers

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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Graduate Careers

This is a specialist course designed specifically to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in investigative television journalism, so it is expected that graduates will enter that field to forge successful careers for themselves making the most of the skills and connections they have made whilst studying on the course.

Postgraduate Events

Our postgraduate open events are your opportunity to speak to academics and current student about your course, Leicester, funding and more.

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How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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More about your DMU

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Up to 50 per cent off select PG courses 

Our dedicated Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship provides DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate taught courses running across multiple start dates in the 2021/22 academic session, with the first intake in September 2021.

The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK, EU and international students who are graduating in 2021.

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Postgraduate events

The best way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate events to find out how our courses can enhance your knowledge and benefit your career path.

These events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, as well as fees and funding opportunities such as scholarships. They're also an opportunity to speak with current students and academics to really get a feel for studying your course. You can also take a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities from the comfort of home via our Virtual Open Day.

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Scholarships

We recognise that many talented people may not be able to afford to take up a place on the course. That’s why we are offering financial assistance to those successful candidates who need it most.

We offer four Fee Waiver Scholarships and three £5,000 Living Expenses Bursaries. You can apply for both, but (save in exceptional circumstances) can only be awarded one or the other.

DMU will pay the course fees of two students, and Channel 4 will pay the fees of two more. Channel 4 will provide £5,000 towards the living expenses for three students, and help with work experience expenses.

This course is also eligible for the BAFTA Scholarship Programme. Each BAFTA Scholar  receives between £5,000 to  £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, winner or nominee and free access to BAFTA events around the UK. Find out more here. 

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Chanell Wallace

DMU graduate Chanell Wallace landed the sought-after role of presenting an episode of BBC One’s Panorama, thanks to her tireless work investigating knife crime. Find out how studying the Investigative Journalism MA programme at DMU helped Chanell raise awareness of the subject.