Martinson stresses that you don’t need to have a background in finance to do the MA — you might just want to cover stories such as the cost-of-living crisis, fat cat water and oil bosses, or how people are coping with Brexit and the recession. Other students will have a finance or economics background and want to learn all about how to be a successful journalist.
But whatever your motivation to join the course, it’s the prospect of getting a well-paid, high-profile journalism job at the end of the 10-month course that makes the MA stand out. The team at City analysed all publicly listed jobs on Cision between April 2019 and May 2021, finding that the single most in-demand journalism role was “financial journalist”.
As well as learning skills in reporting and writing for digital and print publications, students gain experience in producing journalism for TV and handling data stories.
This certainly held true for Amy Borrett, who went on to work at the New Statesman and Sky News straight from the MA. She is now the FT’s data correspondent.
She says: “The course at City taught me so much about finance and business journalism, covering everything from reporting the global economy to understanding company accounts. It was great to learn from industry experts and study alongside students from all over the world. It opened lots of doors and led me to my current role at The Financial Times.”
To help get to grips with global economics and world markets, students on the Global Financial MA also take two funded trips as part of their MA (flights and accommodation are paid for), usually to New York and Shanghai.
The course is supported by the Marjorie Deane Foundation, which offers two generous scholarships providing full fees for a home and international student. High demand for journalists with business and financial understanding means that other scholarships have been made available in the past including one from capital.com. You can keep up to date on the City website.
Globally Sought After Graduates
Graduates from the programme are highly sought after by some of the best-known news organisations in the UK and beyond, while others will work for governments and financial institutions.
About three-quarters of the graduates stay to work in London, while others relocate to financial centres including New York, Mumbai, Singapore, and Hong Kong.