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Investigative journalism is becoming more challenging as media economics and new technologies change the working environment for journalists. This is a concern for the profession and in the wider society, as it threatens the journalists’ watchdog role, a crucial part of a functioning democracy. For science journalists, stories come increasingly from the corporate sector and the digital industries, making new demands on their investigative skills.

In this five-day course, experienced and learner science journalists alike will hear from some of the UK and Europe’s most accomplished investigative reporters about their methods and achievements. They will learn from a specialist trainer how to pitch their story ideas; and will develop a story, on their own or by teamwork, to the point of trying to sell it to a suitable media outlet. They will also hear from academic experts about the role of investigative journalism in the changing media landscape and about future ways of sustaining it.

Tutors include Duncan Campbell, Phil Sutcliffe, Eva Wolfangel and Ehsan Masood.

Martin Ince is a senior science journalist and recent president of the Association of British Science Writers. He began his career in the 1970s, tackling big issues in national projects such as energy and space. He spent many years on the staff of the Times Higher Education Supplement, and is now a science writer, trainer and consultant with an international client list.




Fees for this course cover tuition, lunch and refreshments, including morning coffee and afternoon tea during teaching hours, and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited). Accommodation can be booked for an additional fee subject to availability and includes breakfast.

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


Payment is by credit/debit card unless otherwise arranged. You can either pay in full at the time of booking, or pay a 15% registration fee as a deposit; the balance will automatically be taken two weeks before the start of the course. 


You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

08 Jul 2019 to 12 Jul 2019

Course duration

5 days

Apply by

24 Jun 2019

Course fee

Home/EU: £949
Overseas fee: £949

Accommodation fees

Single room: £60 per night

Double/Twin room £50 per person, per night (2 people sharing)

Course director


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code