Masters in Journalism Degree MSc

MSc Journalism

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.

Digital technology is transforming the media landscape. This professional multimedia course in Journalism will equip you with the skills, experience and understanding to build a career in journalism which combines academic discipline with practical training.

The MSc Journalism explores the role of radio, television, print and online platforms, developing skills and building experience. An understanding of the media and an insight into the legal and ethical issues facing the industry today is provided as part of the course. Two alternative pathways are offered with a focus on different aspects of professional practice.

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 Leader is Andrew Jones, former head of BBC Scotland North. He teaches alongside John Linklater who was education correspondent, literary editor, theatre critic and features writer during a long career with The Herald in Glasgow.

The course also 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 7.5 or its equivalent. Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

Acceptance is subject to interview and written submission.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

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

The MSc Journalism course has been designed in partnership with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and is fully accredited by both NCTJ and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

6. Student Funding

Journalism Diversity FundJournalism Diversity Fund

The Journalism Diversity Fund is aimed at those without the financial means to study NCTJ accredited training courses. It was set up by the industry to help support people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds who want to train as journalists. Further information about this fund, including the selection criteria, can be found on:

Application deadlines for those starting a course during the academic year 2014-2015 will be published on their website. Please Note: bursaries must be awarded prior to the course commencing and those who have already started a course are not eligible to apply.

Merit Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students. The scholarship is available to:

  • international students who will study the course by full time and distance learning and pay for the fees at the international rate; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by full time and the fees are set in excess of 6,000 GBP; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by distance learning.

To 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

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

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

Further details are also available from Course Leader:

Andrew Jones
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263915


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 the NCTJ and provides graduates with both academic and professional qualifications. 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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Course length
45 weeks
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National Council for the Training of Journalists Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)

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