University of Kent: Centre for Journalism

University of Kent
Centre for Journalism

Step up, stand out and specialise at University of Kent with career-focused postgraduate courses taught by expert academics. Build a global network of connections by joining our thriving, supportive, international community of staff and students. We welcome everyone and have a large number of mature students studying either for career purposes or to indulge a long-held passion for a subject.

Kent is a leading research institution with a dynamic and challenging academic environment underpinned by an international perspective, take a look at our multimillion-pound scholarship fund to support our postgraduates.

Fantastic employability  
Kent’s Centre for Journalism graduates have a fantastic track record for landing great jobs in journalism even before they have completed their studies with us. Students graduating in the past 2 years are working for Sky News, BBC, The Daily Mail, LBC, KMTV, the Facebook community reporters scheme, The Sun, Drive Tribe - to name just a few.

We have topped the Complete University Guide’s table for graduate outcomes in our subject area for 3 out of the past 4 years. That’s thanks to the very practical focus of our teaching, and to the great industry connections that our staff of journalism professionals maintain.

And don’t just take our word for it that our formula works. Watch what 2019’s graduates have to say about us here.

Why Kent?
Alongside your degree you will acquire the all-important professional diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists – which is the qualification that most editors require their employees to have. We consistently top NCTJ tables for our students’ success in achieving the diploma. 

KMTV, the local news channel for Kent, is based in the Centre and many of our MA students have worked there as interns during their studies. Some graduates start their careers as reporters, producers and presenters for the station, broadcasting to audiences throughout the county.  Great work experience in newspapers, radio and online is also available.

You will be taught by staff who have edited national publications, broadcast to millions on network television and radio and pioneered techniques in multimedia storytelling.  You will learn to work as a multimedia journalist from day one. You will also learn about the ethics and purposes of professional journalism from academic researchers whose work has earned national and international recognition and who make use of their research in their teaching. 

Academic staff
Our staff have covered national and international affairs for employers including the BBC, The Guardian and Channel 4 News.  They are at the forefront of debates about journalism’s future and its place in democratic societies. They work as broadcasters and columnists and for accrediting bodies such as the National Council for the Training of Journalists. The Head of Centre is a directors of KM Television Ltd and was instrumental in securing KMTV’s licence to broadcast. Their publications include numerous books and journal articles about how journalism has overcome challenges in the past and about the new challenges it faces in the multimedia world.

The Centre currently has seven full-time academic staff and several associate lecturers who continue to work in the news industry. There are regular masterclasses by leading journalists. This creates a tremendous community atmosphere and there is constant interaction between staff and students who receive a lot of individual attention in classes, workshops and personal supervisions. The Centre prides itself on its strong and friendly collegiate atmosphere.    

Taught programmes
The Centre for Journalism at Kent offers two MA programmes in multimedia journalism both of which are full-time only.  They are designed for students who wish to learn the skills required to report accurately and speak truth to power in the public interest. 

Our MA degrees offer an absorbing and exciting education in multimedia journalism skills, ethics and theories. You will learn to write for local and national newspapers and magazines and to broadcast to professional standards for regional and network broadcasters.  Working in our state-of-the-art multimedia newsrooms and studios, you will learn to tell stories in multimedia formats and to share and promote them via social media. You will study examples of excellent journalism and debate the ethics, purposes and history of journalism with experts who are passionate about the profession.

Our MA degrees require a good first degree (2:1 or First) in a suitable subject. Many of our students have first degrees in English Literature, History or Politics, but other degrees in social sciences, science or languages may also be suitable. All suitable applicants are assessed at interview and applicants to our professionally accredited MA in Multimedia Journalism must also sit a written admissions exam.  

Research environment
The Centre for Journalism has a thriving research community which runs weekly seminars. Our staff have authored a number of academic books and publish frequently in major journals including: British Journalism Review; Journalism Studies; Ethical Space; Contemporary British History; and Journal of Media Law. Their areas of expertise include digital storytelling; sports journalism; political journalism; media law; propaganda and disinformation; travel journalism. Research and taught postgraduate students are an important part of this dynamic research culture.

Research programmes
The Centre offers an MA by Research and a PhD in Journalism. These provide rigorous training for careers in academic journalism and communications roles.

We welcome applications from students who wish to undertake research in most major areas of the discipline, and offer particular strengths in political journalism, journalism history, conflict reporting, travel journalism and journalism ethics.

We provide a supportive environment in which our research students can develop and complete a high-quality thesis. Students receive dedicated supervision, including regular guidance and feedback from two supervisors, both of whom are experts in the chosen field of study.

Conversion programmes
At Kent, we also have a range of Conversion Master’s Programmes where you can learn new skills, improve your job prospects and prepare you for a career in a different discipline.

For example, we offer business, economics and computing programmes for students from an entirely different background, while our Master's degrees in law or journalism develop your academic and professional skills in new areas. Find out more here 

Whether you’re changing direction or honing your skills, Kent will be here to help you take on tomorrow’s world. Get ready to sharpen your focus.

The Centre for Journalism provides dedicated resources for all postgraduate students including a postgraduate newsroom equipped with computers and specialist software, a dedicated radio studio and access to international newswires. Students have 24/7 access to all the Centre for Journalism’s multimedia newsrooms and studios. They learn television skills in the KMTV studio and control room. The extensive collections available in the University’s Drill Hall Library support a wide range of learning and research and specialist support librarians are available to help. All postgraduate students benefit from the excellent facilities on the historic Medway Campus for sport, culture and eating. A dedicated Student Hub provides excellent space for socialising. Postgraduate accommodation is available at the modern Liberty Quays halls of residence adjacent to the campus.

Postgraduate scholarship fund
The University has a Multimillion-pound postgraduate scholarship fund, including funding from the UK Research Councils. Opportunities range from a generous number of research student scholarships, through to location and subject specific funding, sport and music scholarships, and funding specifically for overseas fee-paying students.  The Centre also offers a range of postgraduate scholarships for excellence.  Students are eligible to apply for dedicated scholarships and bursaries offered by the Stationers’ Foundation, Associated Newspapers and the Journalism Diversity Fund.

Medway is a bustling area with lots of things to see and do; there are outstanding sports facilities, exciting arts programmes and buildings of historic significance. There are regular and fast services to London giving students easy access to national newsrooms and events at the Frontline Club and the Media Society.   A free shuttle bus runs between Medway and Canterbury campuses so that all students can use the facilities on each campus.

You can apply online via the University’s website. Applications for MA programmes can be made up until the end of August (31 July for international students requiring a visa) and PhD applications can be made at any time in the year.

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We are planning our next Postgraduate Virtual Open Event soon, where you can hear from specialist academics and attend live Q&A sessions to discover all about studying on one of Kent's postgraduate programmes in the UK and Europe. Register your interest today.

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