Graduate Diploma in Journalism

Preparation for Masters degrees in Financial and International Journalism. The Graduate Diploma combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a University Masters degree course.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Minimum age: 18
  • English level: B2: Upper intermediate / | IELTS IELTS 6.0
  • Academic level:

    Completion of a minimum of three years of higher education with good grades. Many of the Masters programmes at City University London are highly specialised and require previous study in a relevant academic subject or relevant industry experience.

Course format

  • Length of study: From 3 terms
  • Hours per week: 20
  • Maximum class size: 14
  • Typical student age: 20 - 29
  • Typical student mix:
    16% South American, 34% European, 22% Middle Eastern, 28% Far Eastern

Dates and fees

  • Start dates:
    • 5 Jan 2015
    • 21 Sep 2015
    • 6 Jan 2016
  • Tuition fees: From 13995.00 GBP

    Tuition length options

    • 3 terms: 13995.00 GBP (January 2015)
    • 3 terms: 14695.00 GBP (September 2015)
    • 3 terms: 14695.00 GBP (January 2016)
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 GBP
    • Enrolment fee: 150.00 GBP
    • Textbooks: 200.00 GBP
  • Other expenses:


Prepare for your university masters degree in International or Financial Journalism. The Graduate Diploma programme combines English language tuition with academic courses and study skills to prepare you for your MA.

Why apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

  • Guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • A quality-assured university programme
  • World-class facilities in a new Study Centre
  • A conditional offer of a place on a designated postgraduate degree at City University London
  • Intensive English tuition
  • Professional support and guidance with your university application
  • A highly supportive study environment with small classes for maximum student teacher interaction

Who should apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year Diploma in a relevant subject.

The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

Study modules

English Language and Communication Skills

You will improve you grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as develop your academic abilities in written work, presentations and partaking in discussion.

Research Skills

This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the nature of enquiry, developing your ability to access and analyse data. A large part of the module involves analysing and interpreting existing data from various fields of research. You will also be introduced to the theoretical and practical differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Independent Project

The compulsory research project brings together the skills and understanding from other modules. The research can be based on primary or secondary research and allows you to practice core skills necessary for postgraduate level study.







Study modules

Introduction to Journalism

This module provides an introduction to the news industry in the UK as well as globally, including non main-stream organisations.

Empirical Enquiry and Critical Thought

This module explores the relationship of theoretical models to empirical studies, the ways in which primary supporting data is collected and analysed, and the philosophical grounds of rationalism and empiricism.

How will I be assessed?

Entry to all postgraduate degrees at City University London is highly competitive and students hoping to study at postgraduate level must maintain high standards throughout their Graduate Diploma programme.

Whilst grades in the Graduate Diploma programme do not count towards your postgraduate degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the criteria for entry to your chosen postgraduate degree programme at the University.

Assessment is both formal and informal, designed to help students build on their successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study.

Assessment of English language and communication skills will be based on:

  • Written assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Interviews
  • Written examinations.

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • Written assignments / essays and reports
  • Group project work
  • Oral presentations
  • Written examinations.

Assured progression

When you complete the Graduate Diploma you will be guaranteed entry to at least one of the master's courses at City University London.

This is dependant on:

  • Achieving the required grades in subject modules for your intended degree
  • Achieving the required grades in English for Academic Purposes for your intended degree.

This course leads to the following Masters degree at City University London:

  • MA Financial Journalism
  • MA International Journalism
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