Journalism MSc

1. Overview

The MSc Journalism degree has been designed to provide an in depth knowledge of journalism and media.

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.

Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Tables.

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

Stage 1, Semester 1

Stage 2, Semester 2

Stage 3, Semester 3

You will be expected to sit examinations in reporting, media law, video journalism, public affairs and ultimately to sit professional exams in shorthand organised through our partners, NESCOL.

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.

The Project/Dissertation can take the form of a practical project (documentary style packages for radio or television or a print portfolio) as an alternative to the traditional academic dissertation of 15,000 words.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

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

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject area.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

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

6. Student Funding

Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships and funding are available to eligible students at Robert Gordon University, further information via our scholarship pages.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% 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 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

  • £12,100 entire course

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3,400 entire course

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

  • £11,740 entire course

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

  • £3,400 entire course

International Students

  • £11,400 entire course

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

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

Course Enquiries

If you have any course related questions, please contact the course leader - Communications@rgu.ac.uk

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:

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

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
School of Creative and Cultural Business

Postgraduate Guide