PgCert | PgDip | MSc
You will develop key skills in journalistic writing, feature writing, communication, reporting, subbing, interviewing and research stories. You will develop an understanding of the social, economic and political roles of contemporary media and the role of the journalist in society.
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. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the project/dissertation.
You will continue to develop your specialist skills, in-depth knowledge and practical experience. You will present a written research proposal for submission, which will normally form the basis for the Masters dissertation. A four week fieldwork placement is undertaken at the end of the taught 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, seminar, workshops and practical based activities. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. 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.
We have strong links with industry and you will have the opportunity to visit local broadcasting and hear from industry speakers throughout the course.
Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).
- Lectures - 10-20 students per group, 8 hours per week
- Tutorial - 10-20 students per group, 4 hours per week
- Practical class or workshop - 10-15 students per group, 4-6 hours per semester
- Independent Study - 4-8 hours per week
- External Visits - student numbers vary per group, 1-2 hours per semester
- Placement / Work Based Learning - 1 student per group, 4 weeks in semester 2
The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 4-8 hours per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.
Staff Delivering on This Course
Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds within Journalism, Broadcasting and Communication 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, honorary doctoral professionals and librarians.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 1 written exam, typically for 3 hours
- 2 written assignments, including essay
- 2 reports
- 1 dissertation
- 3 portfolios
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
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.
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
At the end of Semester 2, you will undertake a compulsory unpaid 4 week placement, which will enable you to put into practice the theories taught throughout the course. This opportunity will enhance your research and writing skills, learn from professionals, work to publication deadlines and get an overall feel for a career in Journalism
You will have access to our Placement Office, who will support you remotely in sourcing and validating a suitable placement position.
Previous placements include BBC Sport, STV, Northsound, The Herald and The Scotsman.
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 course provides you with both the academic and professional knowledge and skills required to work successfully in the journalism profession or other media based roles. We will prepare you to become an accomplished journalist who can make sense of fast-moving situations and report a story accurately, with honesty and integrity.
Opportunities exist in broadcasting organisations such as the BBC, STV, Northsound and Original FM.
Graduates have secured employment at DC Thomson publications and the Perth Advertiser as Reporters. One student gained valuable experience at BBC Sports in Salford and covered the 2016 Rio Olympics and Wimbledon. Two students have secured executive positions in the wider Communications field including Edrington Group and global agency, Weber Shandwick.
- 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 Requirements
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:
* 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.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
Find your reading list by module.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
- Some small travel costs may be incurred if filming/interviewing on location in and around Aberdeen is required.
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:
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
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