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Year 2 // Living and studying in London

Business, Finance & Big City Buzz

Business, finance & big city buzz

Students choosing the specialisation 'Business and Financial Journalism' will be studying in the second year at City, University of London. Students will combine a rigorous academic understanding and explanation of business and finance with the practical knowledge and experience that comes from being based in one of the key centres of global business, finance, and journalism.

City, University of London was granted a royal charter in 1966, based on its reputation as a centre for professional education dating back to 1894.

City's Graduate School of Journalism's 4,000+ graduates form one of the strongest and most influential alumni networks in the media, both in the UK and internationally. City’s London location puts it right alongside the industry it serves and the modules offered here make full use of those unrivaled contacts and resources.

The university is located in Islington, one of the liveliest of London’s “villages”, offering a vibrant student life. The shops, bars, restaurants, cinemas, music and comedy clubs combine to make this one of the most exciting places in London to be.

Studying in London

City, University of London

Founded to provide technical education for the science-based crafts and trades of Clerkenwell and Islington, the university has expanded into areas such as management and finance, informatics, health and social sciences, journalism and the performing arts.

The Department of Journalism

Journalism at City University London has been offering postgraduate courses in journalism since 1976. Its record on getting graduates into the best jobs in journalism and broadcasting is exemplary, and the industry focus is intense.

The teachers are drawn from among Britain’s leading journalists. Professor Stewart Purvis, former CEO of ITN, is Chair of Broadcast Journalism. Media commentator and former Fleet Street editor Professor Roy Greenslade is Chair of Journalism. Professor David Leigh of The Guardian is the Anthony Sampson Chair of Reporting.

Professional input is unparalleled and includes the expert opinions of ITN’s chief lawyer John Battle and Channel 4′s former chief of news and current affairs David Lloyd of the Financial Times. City University London is advancing the study and practice of investigative journalism – it is host to the Centre for Investigative Journalism and launched an Investigative Journalism MA pathway in September 2008.

The department has one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country.

The Graduate School of Journalism is housed in new £12 million facilities, reinforcing the University’s position as Europe’s leading provider of journalism education. The new facilities were developed in consultation with leading industry contacts, and include a television and video programming studio, four radio studios, four audio-visual newsrooms, and four digital newsrooms.

The London modules

All modules for year 2 are electives with the exception of the MA Thesis/dissertation. Students will need to select 30 ECTS credits worth of elective modules. 

Module 1 // Reporting Business // 7,5 ECTS considers the world of business journalism both nationally and globally.

Module 2 // Fundamentals of Financial Journalism // 7,5 ECTS covers the fundamental elements of business, economic and financial reporting, seeking to understand the differences and similarities between these three areas.

Module 3 // Introduction to Data Journalism // 7,5 ECTS aims to train you to work effectively as a professional data journalist.

Module 4 // Advanced Data and Coding // 7,5 ECTS aims to provide a skillset of developer knowledge, as well as a native understanding of application programming interfaces (APIs) and ‘scraping’ of online sources in order to be able to interrogate and investigate ‘big data’ in the public interest. 

Module 5 // JournalismInnovation // 7,5 ECTS will develop your creative, flexible, and innovative approach to journalism; bringing fresh thinking to a media organisation; creating dynamic content for a start-up media enterprise; or launching your own journalistic website or other product.

Module 6 // Global Political Economy – Contemporary Approaches // 15 ECTS will serve as a conceptual and theoretical introduction into the field of (global) political economy. 

Master Thesis/Dissertation // Research in the Context of Globalization // 30 ECTS leads to the production of a piece of long form journalism, and an academic essay which sets your journalistic project in a wider context.

Living in London

Student life is vibrant. London is ranked in the top 5 of the world’s best student cites.

From leading Premier League football teams to nightclubs and from cityscapes to green spaces, London is a city for everyone. City, University of London is located in the heart of the centre and find out how you can to make London your affordable and comfortable home.

City’s campus is in the heart of London and within easy reach of several central Underground stations. It’s minutes away from London's world-famous financial district, and the headquarters of global corporations, law firms, major arts complexes and media centres.

Through its 5 international airports and the Eurostar from St Pancras Station, London is connected to the rest of the Europe and the world.

Living in a large city can be expensive, but regardless of your budget, you will be able to enjoy much of what London has to offer. Not only is there a ton of free stuff to do, but there are loads of cheap eats, bars and cafes too, so going out doesn’t have to be expensive. Many retailers offer student discounts, so you can make your pounds stretch even further.

The London vibe

London is a truly inspiring place to connect with everything students aim when joining the Mundus Journalism programme. Cultural diversity, challenging perspectives of international affairs and a never-ending agenda of activities are everywhere to foster a professional career and to enrich personal development. In such a huge city, most of Aarhus' conveniences give way to a high-speed routine. One of the most important factors to keep enthusiasm flowing throughout the entire course is to find a suitable housing. Location, price and comfort may be difficult to come together, but the effort really matters for a nice experience ahead.

City University is located in a central area, very well served by public transportation. The Northampton Square, in the middle of the campus, is a place to meet fellow students while sharing a cup of coffee – or tea, if the English experience is already a familiar one.

Arguably the most practise-oriented specialisation, students are coached through the rigors of financial and business reporting by experienced, respected and veteran journalists from the likes of BBC and Reuters. The Multimedia Business Reporting paper, for example, is focused on journalistic practices to investigate current economic affairs. It is a hands-on approach, in which students have the opportunity to work against the clock while reviewing financial reports and participating in real-time business conference calls. Classes on Data Journalism, led by long-time experts, also encourage research projects and innovative ideas coming from every possible field. The Department of Journalism offers access to top-tier equipment and the support of high-skilled staff for students to master the production of contents for written, radio and TV formats. 

There is also an outstanding number of extracurricular activities available from City – both to integrate students and to offer support during their stay in London. One can have meetings to discuss how to present a CV, to receive entrepreneurship advice and also to share difficulties with adapting to London. Mundus Journalism students are also welcome in classes that are not part of the official programme. The second semester is dedicated to the final thesis, but students can also choose to take additional classes ranging from Sports Journalism to foreign languages. 

While the university requires focus from students, London as a city also demands attention. Students that arrive with an assertive independence will make the city work for them: Although you may be a post-graduate student your first experience will be as an every day Londoner trying to navigate the underground, the neighbourhoods, the markets, the nightlife, the history and without doubt, the charm of the city. And if trying to find spare time in a city like London seems to be an almost impossible task, don’t worry – it is actually a sign that you are taking the best advantage of it.

The London Network:

Dr James Rogers | Britain | Former BBC foreign correspondent + Mundus Journalism London programme leader
Katherine Dunn | Canada | Alumna + London-based Wall St Journal reporter + former Jutland Station columnist
Stephen Robert Morse | USA | Alumnus + documentary producer + London based entrepreneur
Frederik Fischer | Germany | Alumnus + journalism entrepreneur + co-founder of Mundus Media network
  • Find out how studying in London was the catalyst for an alumnus to produce a documentary picked up by Netflix - and why an understanding of media framing has been so important to the story
  • See what journalism experience lecturers you'll study under have racked up
  • Read the BBC blog of City Journalism's Head of Department, Professor Suzanne Franks
  • Find out what international journalism outlets are employing our recent graduates
  • Follow City Journalism on twitter
  • Read how one student's chance PR internship led to a full time job at the end of studies and a career move across the world
  • Learn about the entreprenurial projects of one alumni, who continues to develop new and innovative models for sustaining and producing independent journalism  
  • Read the blog of one alumna, whose interest in travel, entreprenuerial journalism and business first led her to Mundus Journalism then on to full-time work in the travel industry
  • See the student dissertation featured as a full-length story on Foreign Policy