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Full time | Docklands Campus | 1 year | SEP

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MA - Master of Arts

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Journalism (General)

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Course Summary

Our MA Data Journalism programme is designed to give you a competitive advantage in your career. This programme provides a detailed, critically oriented, and career-oriented knowledge of data as a meaningful record accessible to journalists in order to prepare you "for jobs of the future" (Vision 2028).

Data journalism is an important part of the news process, and it is quickly becoming a critical competency across all industries. According to a Google News Lab survey on data journalism conducted in 2017, 51% of companies in the United States and Europe have data journalists on staff.

This programme investigates how technology and big data have created new intersections between data and journalism, responding dynamically to the future of journalism, data and technology, as well as discussing novel approaches to traditional news reporting methods.

Your Future Career

Data journalism, which was once considered a fringe experiment, is now an essential part of the news process. In the first 18 months of the BBC Shared Data Unit, for example, it assisted in the generation of over 600 stories across more than 250 titles in the regional press.

Data journalism is an essential component of the newsroom. But it goes beyond that as well. Data handling has become an essential part of any job, from banking to business and charity. As organisations, governments, and businesses recognise the power of giving the public access to find insights into public data, they role of the data journalist grows.


Quantitative Data Analysis - Core
Big Data Analytics - Core
Introduction to Data Visualisation Tools - Core
Design and Journalism - Core
Data Journalism: Research in Practice - Core
Visual Analytics and Multimedia: Creating Insights - Core

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Students need minimum 2.2 honours degree. They will normally be expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Applicants without a first degree but with years of professional practice in relevant fields may be considered in special circumstances, but they may have to complete an oral interview or written test.

University information

At UEL, 94% of the university’s research is considered to be of international standard (REF 2014). Plus, £250k is awarded each year for postgraduate scholarships, providing a 50% discount on taught postgraduate tuition fees. The university is based across two campuses in the thriving area of East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park on its doorstep while Docklands campus has its own train station. Together, they offer over £450 million of...more

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