Degree in Journalism MSc

MSc Journalism Degree

1. Overview

The MSc Journalism has been designed to develop both critical understanding of the profession and provide an overview of the practices and concepts of journalism.

Journalism Degree MSc

The MSc Journalism Degree explores the role of radio, television, print and online platforms, developing skills and building experience. This course will equip you with the skills, experience and understanding to build a career in journalism which combines academic discipline with practical training.

A placement opportunity is also available as part of this course.

2. What you will study

Key skills in journalistic writing, communication and IT are developed along with the skills of reporting, feature writing, subbing, interviewing and researching stories. The course also covers research and analytical skills and includes the social, economic and political roles of contemporary media and the role of the journalist in society.

You will be expected to attend intensive training in shorthand each day throughout the first two Semesters

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

You will be expected to sit NCTJ examinations in reporting, media law, video journalism, public affairs and shorthand.

Journalism Project/Dissertation

In Semester 2, you will present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the Masters dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the project/dissertation.

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3. How you will learn

Full-time Study
In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Teaching and Staff
On this course you will be taught by staff with expertise in all areas of journalism, broadcasting and communication. The course has strong links with the media - with guest speakers from the industry; visits to local broadcasting organisations and live client projects.

4. Entry requirements

The course is ideal for students who possess an undergraduate honours degree in any discipline and plan a professional career in journalism. International students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, at IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent. Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

The placement consists of 4-5 weeks practical experience in the operation of an appropriate organisation.

6. Student Funding

Merit Scholarship

Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students. Find out more information on the Merit Scholarship.

Postgraduate Funding
Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years.

Information on funding for postgraduate students can be seen under Postgraduate Student Finance.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 15% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3,400 entire course

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

  • £10,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3,400 entire course

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

  • £10,500 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3400 entire course

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

  • £10,500 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3,400 entire course

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

  • £9,600 entire course

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £3,400 entire course

International Students

  • £8,900 entire course

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

9. Prospects

The expanding global communications industry provides excellent career opportunities for those who are equipped with a broad range of professional, technological and creative skills.

This journalism course has been designed in partnership with industry and provides graduates with both academic and professional knowledge and skills. These, in conjunction with practical skills, enhance career prospects and equip graduates with the skillset required to work in the journalism profession.

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Start date

September

Course length

45 weeks

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic school
Communication, Marketing and Media Department Aberdeen Business School
More information:
Dr Nicola Furrie Lecturer
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