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Birkbeck, University of London: Investigative Journalism

Institution Birkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


Investigative journalism is at a crossroads in theory and practice. Crises of ethics and funding have brought profound changes to the nature of long-form journalism, the ways in which it is produced and the institutions that invest in it.

Our MA Investigative Journalism brings together leading practitioners and institutions to offer you advanced training in emergent investigative newsgathering and publishing skills applicable to a range of professional contexts, within and beyond journalism. At the same time, this innovative course introduces you to critical accounts of the media's watchdog function and journalism's evolving social role.

You will be taught by a mix of academics, writers, investigative journalists, editors and bloggers, including Iain Overton (award-winning current affairs journalist, author and human rights reporter) and Justin Schlosberg (Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck and course director).

Modules address new challenges while also reflecting the constants that underpin investigative journalism ethics and storytelling. Above all, the course presents an opportunity to both study and do investigative journalism, under the guidance of award-winning journalists and experienced academics.


  • You will be taught by experienced, award-winning journalists and internationally renowned academics.

  • We offer a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue career paths in journalism, the media, or public relations. Possible professions include:

  • broadcast/newspaper journalist

  • press sub-editor

  • publishing copy-editor/proofreader

  • public relations officer

  • market researcher

  • writer.

Jobs gained by some of our BA and MA graduates include:

  • producer/research manager, television news programmes

  • project coordinator, entertainment corporation

  • marketing manager

  • broadcast journalist, radio

  • staff writer, media company

  • communications officer, utility company

  • staff reporter, medical journal

  • executive producer, media council

  • business analyst

  • PR director.

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.


Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics are active in research, and …

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