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The ACJ postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
M.A. Journalism from Cardiff University



The Cardiff University at Wales in the United Kingdom has audited and recognized the ACJ postgraduate diploma programme as on par with its own. An exclusive arrangement between the two is in place whereby students of the ACJ who clear a set benchmark can transfer their diploma credits to Cardiff University and, on successful completion of an additional dissertation, be awarded the University’s M.A Degree in Journalism. This, in effect, provides students of the ACJ a unique opportunity to acquire the Masters Degree from the U.K.’s topnotch University and journalism school in only 13 months, as against the two years required for a postgraduate degree in India. Students may note that the cardiff university has done exceptionally well in the lastest QS rankings (

Applying to the Cardiff M.A. Programme

The application process for the Cardiff M.A. Programme for ACJ graduates opens on Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ACJ graduates will work on the dissertation for the M.A programme in Cardiff under the supervision of faculty from Cardiff University.


All of the following are mandatory to apply for the Cardiff M.A. Programme.

You must be an ACJ alumnus or alumna from the last three academic years (2014-15, 2015-16 or 2016-17) to be eligible to apply.

You must have:

  • An undergraduate degree
  • Successfully completed the 120-credit ACJ Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
  • An overall average grade of B Minus(65%) or above in the ACJ Postgraduate Diploma course*
  • An overall average grade of B Minus(65%) or above in the Dissertation Module of the ACJ Postgraduate Diploma
  • An overall average of 7.0 or above in the English Language IELTS(academic)**
*A total overall grade of B Minus in core as well as elective courses that you did in ACJ.

** You need a valid passport to take the IELTS(academic) test. Ensure that you have a valid passport and have taken the test before your interview dates. For details about the IELTS(academic) testing please see:

Process for Admission

Please submit a proposal of the MA Dissertation topic you’ll be working on. Please submit hard copies of your proposal at the ACJ addressed to: The Registrar’s Office, ACJ

Please E-mail a softcopy of your proposal and your passport size photo to the Registrar, ACJ: 
Date for Submission: Monday, 27th February 2017

No of words: Between 1,000 and 1,500 (please see the summary document)

If you need to discuss your proposal before you send it in, please contact any/all of the following ACJ faculty members who should be able to guide you. Or contact Mr Tim Holmes at Cardiff (But read the Summary Document first!)

Dr. NaliniRajan                                 <>

Ms. BinduBhaskar                           <>

Mr. V.K. Raghunathan                    <>

Cardiff MA Programme Interview Dates

Face-to-face interviews about your project proposal will be conducted in ACJ Chennai in April, somewhere between 3-7 April, 2017. The exact dates will be announced later.

Please keep checking this page for the update.


The results will be announced within a week of the interviews taking place.

Deadline for the submission of the Dissertation

If you are selected for the CARDIFF MA PROGRAMME, please note that the final draft of submission of the dissertation is Thursday 31 August 2017. Please refer to your summary document for more details.


The fee for students who wish to enroll in Cardiff in the summer of 2017 to research and write up is £3,390 (subject to final confirmation), which is the standard international fee for this module. To do the whole MA course in Cardiff would cost around £18,000 Plus accommodation and living costs.

MA Briefing 2017-18
Sashi Kumar (L) and Justin Lewis (R), Head of Cardiff
School of Journalism, with (Standing L to R) Tim Holmes, Sandra Elliot, N Ram and Duncan Bloy at Cardiff University
Tim Holmes (in foreground) with Sashi Kumar,
Bindu Bhaskar and Nagaraj at ACJ.

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