Journalism

BA (Hons)

This is an intensive and practical course which will equip you with the key skills you will need for a demanding career in Journalism or related industries. You will study the ways that news is sourced, regulated, produced and consumed, and examine the effects of this output on audiences.

You will gain considerable practical experience in reporting and production across print, broadcast and electronic platforms. You will learn first-hand from experienced journalists by participating in ‘live’ projects, visiting local broadcasting organisations and listening to guest speakers.

You will have the opportunity to experience a day as a journalist; sourcing stories, interviewing, filming and editing your report as part of our dedicated News Days.

Throughout this course you will develop specialist and transferable skills all of which are essential for the wider media profession.

Ranked 2nd in Scotland for Journalism, Publishing and PR - Guardian University League Tables 2018

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years
Year 1

You will be introduced to a range of theoretical concepts including representation, and develop skills in the basics of news writing and reporting for newspapers, digital platforms and in broadcasting; and an awareness of legal and institutional frameworks within which journalists operate.

Year 2

You will build upon your news gathering, editing and technical skills. Deeper theoretical understanding is developed around news values and discourses and you are introduced to new practical skills in web design and working on ‘live’ client specific projects.

YEAR 3

In Year 3 you will continue to develop your specialist knowledge and have three options in Semester 2; a 6 or 12 week placement, an academic semester at one of our partner institutions abroad, or a taught route on-campus offering you flexibility to tailor your own study to your own interests.

Year 4

Your final year will focus on specialist modules including Celebrity Culture and Postmodern Culture. You will work with a supervisor to develop a research project on a topic of your choice which will develop your research, analysis and synthesising skills. The Investigative Journalism assignment is a highly practical project which you will work on individually or as part of a team.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

You will learn through a range of delivery modes including lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical based activities. The nature of the course is interactive: you’ll apply theory to practice, and consider a range of problems, issues and case studies, including live client projects. Academic modules are typically delivered by a one hour lecture followed by a seminar where you can discuss or apply the thinking to relevant tasks. This may involve analysing texts, role-playing, giving oral presentations. The practical classes will involve sourcing stories, conducting interviews, filming, editing and participating in News Days. Investigative journalism includes input from a range of industry experts.

Activity Summary

Year 4

  • Lectures - 30-40 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 20-25 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 6-8 students per group, 1-2 hours per week
  • Independent Study - minimum 36 hours per semester
  • External Visits - variable number of students per group, 1-3 hours per semester
Independent Study

You will work independently on your Research Methods proposal, Research Project and Investigative Journalism pieces. This entails extensive research in terms of reading, data collection, writing and editing. Typically, this will involve the creation of a vlog, radio or TV package and may entail travel to interview participants.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds within the creative and cultural industries including journalism, public affairs, publishing, public relations, digital media, media production and business, and have links to the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) which ensures our teaching is professionally relevant. 

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this.  This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Other staff members include industry guest lecturers, staff from Aberdeen Business School and the Law School, honorary doctoral professionals and librarians.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, typically for 3 hours
  • 1 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 set exercise
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Year 2

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 practical skills assessment
  • 1 group critique

Year 3

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report 
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Year 4

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 portfolio
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Placements

In Year 3, you will have the invaluable opportunity of undertaking a six or twelve-week placement where you will be able to put your skills and knowledge to the test in an appropriate journalism or media-based environment, as well as form excellent links with potential future employers. Previous placements have included STV, Northsound, Press Association (Glasgow), Original 106FM, Scottish Field Magazine (Edinburgh) and Evening Express.

You can choose to source your own placement or access our Placement Office, who will support you in sourcing and validating a suitable position.

PLACEMENT OFFICE

Study Abroad

In Years 2 and 3, there are opportunities to study with partner institutions in Europe or worldwide as part of the Erasmus Programme. This is dependent on similar Journalism programmes being offered by partner institutions.

STUDY ABROAD

Job Prospects

The critical knowledge base and production, managerial and technical professional skills you will acquire throughout the journalism course will open up opportunities in a wide variety of careers in the communication and media industries within and beyond the journalistic profession.

Possible careers range from press, radio, television and online as well as public relations and media management. Previous journalism graduates have secured jobs in print, publishing, broadcast and online journalism and now work for organisations including BBC Xtra, The Surrey Advertiser, Original 106, The Press and Journal, Evening Express.  Students with degrees in Journalism are also entering Communications, Sales and Marketing roles including Communications Manager at Gatwick Airport.

CAREERS

SQA Higher: ABBB to include English.

GCE A Level: BBC to include English.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H2H3 to include English at H2.

IB Diploma: 29 to include Higher Level English at grade 5.

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced Entry

Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 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

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

For Academic Year 2018/2019

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,360 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,730 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • Shorthand tuition (Prices below are for 17/18. Prices for 18/19 are not yet available):
    • £245 Year 1
    • £144 Year 2-3

Other Fees and Charges

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Student Awards Agency For ScotlanD (SAAS)

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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The course was an excellent way to gain valuable knowledge to work across broadcast, print and digital journalism. The practical aspects are a fantastic chance to strengthen your skills and prepare you for working in the media.The work placement was invaluable in helping me into the industry to start a career in broadcast journalism.
STEVEN BROWN | BA(HONS) JOURNALISM GRADUATE AND REPORTER, STV

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