This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
As a student on this course, you will benefit from a lively study environment, thanks to the wide range of postgraduate courses on offer.
The Faculty provides a vibrant and forward-thinking environment for study with:
The Faculty's combination of academics and practitioners makes it a unique environment in which to further your studies and your career.
All our tutors are practising journalists with a wide range of experience in newspapers, magazines and online.
In 11 years at the Independent as reporter, feature writer and Africa correspondent, Mary Braid covered everything from the tragedy at Dunblane to the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. She started her career as a Thomson trainee and worked papers in Scotland before she got her break. Since leaving the Independent she has written for a wide range of publications and studied for a degree in psychology. Mary is currently working on her PhD on news media representations of adoption.
Before turning to university teaching 11 years ago, Beth Brewster was a feature writer and editor, working at the Observer, Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Mirror as well as for publications in the arts and heritage world. Beth says: "The thing that thrills me the most is when I watch students grow in confidence, when I see them geared up with the skills and critical ability to be better journalists. That's a great buzz."
In almost 30 years in journalism, Professor Brian Cathcart has been a foreign correspondent, book reviewer, sub-editor, defence correspondent, leader writer, sports writer, investigative reporter, award-winning author and much else besides. After starting at Reuters international news agency, he joined the Independent when it launched, rose to be deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday and went on as a freelancer to contribute articles to everything from the Financial Times to The Big Issue. Today he writes the weekly media commentary in the New Statesman magazine. Brian teaches at all three levels in the Journalism BA(Hons). "People sometimes ask whether good journalists are born or taught," he says. "I tend to reply that the best journalists never stop learning and the worst are the ones who think they know it all." Brian's best-known book is The Case of Stephen Lawrence.
Jan is an acclaimed magazine editor who was part-founder of award-winning, lifestyle magazine The Insight, located on the south coast. He freelances for a number of national publications including Resurgence & Ecologist and The Independent.
Clare's career encompasses periods as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Brussels and Lisbon, where she was made bureau chief, and more recent stints as a sports reporter covering Chelsea and the Olympics. In addition to her long tenure at Reuters, Clare has worked as a freelancer for the Observer, the Economist, the New Statesman, and the Times Educational Supplement and currently runs a sports journalism module at Kingston University.
Sara McConnell is another award-winner, both as an author and as a journalist in the field of property and personal finance. She has worked chiefly for the Times and Times Online, but also for the London Evening Standard, the Guardian and Channel 4. She has been both a freelance writer and an editor and lately has been involved in developing and editing Times Online's student and education pages. Her most recent book is Moving In – Buying, Selling and Renting Your Home. "It has been great to be closely involved in the development of online journalism in Britain," she says, "but though it is bringing big changes, all my experience tells me that the essential skills for online and print are the same."
Having worked as a news editor at the Daily Mail and Daily Express, Dan Townend knows the very sharp end of tabloid journalism. He was also associate editor of The Sportsman and has worked as a reporter and news editor for two of the country's biggest news agencies. Dan, who runs the journalism department's newspaper, The River, says: "Hard news is the heartbeat of newspapers and a grounding in news reporting is the best training any young journalist can get."
Martin Tullett (module leader for Design and Production in Periodical Publishing) is group art director for Haymarket Publishing, managing a 17-strong staff across some 20 contract titles, ranging from Manchester United magazine to Britain's most widely circulated consumer mag: BSkyB. He has worked as a designer on numerous other publications – including 442, Autocar, and What Hi-fi? – and, during a stint as creative director for British Army Recruiting, was responsible for devising the brand image for its latest recruitment campaign.
As a student on this course you will be part of the Kingston Writing School, a vibrant community of outstanding writers, journalists and publishers.