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What will I learn?

Overview

MSc Computational and Data Journalism is a cutting-edge programme based at one of the UK’s leading Journalism Schools. It is jointly delivered by the School of Journalism, Media and Culture and the School of Computer Science and Informatics. This programme provides the perfect vantage point from which to succeed in digital journalism and allows you to develop skills in both data journalism and newsroom development. No previous knowledge of computing is necessary, and the programme is open to graduates from any discipline. It is ideal for recent graduates looking for specialist skills in digital journalism and coding that are proven to be in demand by leading organisations. We also welcome working journalists who want to develop their skills in this growing area of the industry. As a hands-on programme, it focuses on the development of knowledge and skills through research-informed practical learning in journalism, data analysis, computer coding and digital development. During this one-year, full-time Master's degree, you’ll benefit from a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops to develop your skills in an open, discussion-driven environment. You’ll develop a solid foundation in journalism and computing, before specialising in your areas of interest and finally completing a practical and research-based dissertation project using the unique skills that you have acquired. This programme is the perfect foundation for a career at the forefront of digital journalism. It has been designed to respond to a shortage in skills reported by employers and built to develop professional writing and editorial skills. In addition, it delivers specialist training to understanding data, coding and web application development.

Course structure

This is a year-long, full-time course. It is taught through a mix of formal lectures, demonstrations, and practical exercises as well as individual and team projects but always with a focus on applying the skills in the real world.

Learning and assessment

You will be taught through a variety of formal lectures, practical exercises, and individual or group projects which replicate an industry environment. You will be assessed through a wide range of formative and summative assessments throughout the course. These range from practical class room activities to academic essays and examinations.

Career prospects

The skills taught by this MSc are in demand with employers. Students from the course have gone on to work as data journalists with national news organisations. Students on this programme have also included working journalists looking to specialise in this important area of growth within the media.

Which department am I in?

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
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Start date

27 September 2021, 26 September 2022

Venue

Cardiff University

PO Box 921,

Cardiff,

CF10 3XQ, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

If you have a bachelor's or master's degree with good grades from recognised universities and colleges in the United States, you will be considered for our postgraduate research courses. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admission tutors will pay special attention to relevant classes taken during the degree. IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

For international students

This is a conversion course. Conversion courses allow you to study a subject unrelated to your undergraduate degree or current career, and support you with a change of career path. No prior knowledge or degree in the subject is required. Applicants will normally be expected to hold a UK higher education degree of lower second class Honours or above, or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent. This requirement may be waived for students with appropriate alternative qualifications. Applications must include a personal statement that outlines the reasons for applying, and at least one reference letter from a previous tutor or person in charge of a past professional experience. Work experience within the media or creative industries would be beneficial.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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