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MA in Investigative Journalism

MA in Investigative Journalism

MA in Investigative Journalism

We have a reputation for superlative news and current affairs broadcasting at Channel 4. Our Dispatches programme is one of the jewels in our crown. From our coverage of ‘Plebgate’ to our award-winning film, Escape from ISIS, we ask the penetrating questions that need to be asked and reveal the answers that need to be known.

Our unique MA programme, delivered in partnership with DMU’s Leicester Media School, will equip you with the journalistic and investigative skills to continue this rich tradition.

How it works

The course was developed in partnership with Channel 4’s News and Current Affairs Team. The focus will be on in-depth research techniques. Handling complex data; understanding financial information; working undercover; using freedom of information; the law; compliance and safety will all be covered. It will also look at filming and editing, as well as teaching you how to identify, pitch, research and film investigative stories.

You’re welcome to apply whether you’re a professional looking for a change of career or applying direct from postgraduate study. Graduates of DMU’s National Council for the Training of Journalists-accredited Leicester Centre for Journalism have gone on to work for a range of broadcasters, including the BBC, Sky, as well as news agencies and national magazines, regional newspapers and top PR agencies.

Dorothy Byrne, Head of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs and Visiting Professor in Media Discourse at DMU, said:

“Channel 4 is committed to training the next generation of investigative journalists. Our current Investigative Journalism Training Scheme provides training in investigative skills to working television journalists with more experience.

“This collaboration with DMU takes our commitment a stage further, providing a very high-quality MA with teaching provided by professionals who are themselves television journalists of the highest calibre. It’s vital for the future of investigative television journalism that we train up a new generation and widen the pool of talent to include people from diverse backgrounds.

“Quite a number of people have general television making skills, but lack the sort of specialist knowledge required.”

Applying and support

If you have any queries or would like some support, call the DMU helpline on 0116 2506070 or contact course leader Pervez Khan on 

For more information and how to apply click here

Both Channel 4 and DMU are offering bursaries and living expenses to deserving candidates. More information is available on the link above.

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