Investigative Journalism MA

Investigative Journalism at De Montfort University (DMU) is an industry-leading programme with a particular focus on the practical video skills involved in developing high-level investigative reports. Endorsed by and developed with Channel 4, it is well suited to established professionals who wish to develop their skills or change careers, as well as students progressing from undergraduate study. 

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Reasons to study Investigative Journalism at DMU:

  • Course endorsed by and developed in collaboration with Channel 4
    Ensuring industry-level teaching by expert academics and professional journalists 
  • The only MA in Investigative Journalism solely aimed at producing video investigative journalists 
    and the only MA in the country supported by a major national broadcaster
  • Designed with input from Industry leaders
    this specialist course is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts you need to embark on a successful career in investigative journalism
  • Work on live briefs
    produce your own professional programme to pitch to major broadcasters or elsewhere 
  • More than 20 years’ experience of teaching journalism
    our teaching staff have many years of industry experience which you can draw upon to develop skills and expertise that are relevant for a career in Journalism 
  • Excellent graduate prospects
    this course will equip graduates for a successful career in Investigative Journalism,with graduates now working for both local and national organisations like the BBC, Mail Online, top news agencies and national and international magazines

DMU's Investigative Journalism MA draws on Channel 4’s experience of training video investigative journalists, and is designed to maximise your chance of being employed in the industry. It is based on three pillars, teaching you:

  • the law, regulation and ethics of investigative journalism
  • how to investigate
  • how to communicate using video

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 content of this course is endorsed by and has been developed with Channel 4, and the MA draws on the contributions of professional journalists who currently work in the industry. They have strong track records in a variety of genres and programmes.  The connection with the Channel also helps the course tutors identify potential work experience placements, and professional mentors for students.

As part of the degree, you will be expected to devise, pitch and manage your own investigations. You will be expected to pitch your ideas face-to-face to some of the most senior people in independent television investigative journalism, including Dorothy Byrne, Head of Channel Four News and Current Affairs and DMU’s Visiting Professor in Media Discourse (Journalism).

Dorothy has said: ‘I think it important to outline the need for such a degree. Investigative news and current affairs television in this country is crucial to our democracy. It holds power to account and is highly valued by the British public in helping to defend the integrity of institutions and society. There will, despite all the changes in the media, continue to be a need and demand for journalists with investigative skills and training alongside an understanding of television programme making.’




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 £6,450, find out  how to apply


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

Investigative Journalism grad lands BBC research role







  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: P50074

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September

Fees and funding: 

For 2020/21 full-time fees will be £7,920 per year.

Part-time fees will be £660 per 15 credits.

DMU fee waiver scholarship worth £6,450, find out how to apply

EU Students: Find out about student loan information and scholarships.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our  online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Course code: P50074

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September

Fees and funding: 

For 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £14,600 per year.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise


Investigative Journalism – Global Perspectives

This module builds on the basic theoretical frameworks of earlier modules and applies them to the in-depth study of significant investigations. There will also be a focus on dealing with complex data – knowing how to read a financial spreadsheet has been the source of many key investigations. Visiting speakers will explore how video investigative journalism is done in other countries around the world. Students can also learn about the research methods appropriate for the production of master’s level projects and dissertations.

Advanced Practical Investigative Journalism

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on applying material from each module to practical situations. But this module is where everything comes together and you use the skills and competencies you have learned to produce journalist pieces. There will also be more advanced work with editing, production and dealing with specialist equipment . Industry experts will be on hand to make sure students understand the current markets for their work and how to pitch and complete their ideas.

Final project

You will have a choice of options for your final project which is completed over the summer. It is expected that most students will produce, ideally on their own , a piece of investigative journalism suitable for broadcast by one of the mainstream outlets. A traditional 15,000 word dissertation may be selected in lieu of this.

Please note that details of these modules are correct at time of publication, but are subject to review each year, so may vary.



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 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

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Opportunities and careers




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.



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.

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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.

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