Journalism (Postgraduate Certificate) (-)




Birkbeck, University of London 

Journalism (Postgraduate Certificate)

About the course

This programme offers you the opportunity to acquire a fast-track but thorough grounding in practical journalistic skills, a strong working knowledge of the media industry and the principal contemporary theories of media and culture, along with an ability to develop professional writing skills across journalistic genres. Beyond the core skills delivered in the fast-track module, subsequent modules combine professional skills with a more conceptual understanding of how to interpret and communicate ideas in professional media work.

The programme equips you with skills relevant to a wide range of professional contexts, and accordingly covers diverse aspects such as web journalism and other online media production, public relations, professional communications, and other skills relevant to the creative industries. You are strongly encouraged to develop your own areas of interest as well as to identify emerging areas of demand in the industry.


Course structure

You take a combination of the following option modules.


  • Advanced Sub-Editing, Layout and Design
  • Fast-track Practical Journalism Skills
  • Journalistic Skills in PR and Professional Communications
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Media
  • Web-based Journalism and Online Media Production

Please note: not all option modules will be offered each year.


Teaching is in small groups and features seminars, tutorials and presentations.


Assessment is 100% coursework, with additional in-class writing exercises and unassessed written work.


  • Part-time home/EU students: £ 2650 pa

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