PgCert | PgDip | MSc Journalism
This highly practical Journalism degree focuses on the study of multimedia journalism. It has been designed to develop your critical understanding of the profession and an overview of the practices and concepts of journalism.

The course includes the study of news, feature writing and production for a wide variety of media including newspapers, magazines, radio, TV and the internet. You will develop an impressive portfolio of skills in journalistic writing as well as key transferable skills including communication and IT. You will attend intensive shorthand tuition at North East of Scotland College throughout the course. On completion of the course, you will be equipped with the skills, experience and understanding to build a successful career in journalism.

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
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
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  • Full Time
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1 year
stage 1

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.

stage 2

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.

stage 3

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.

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).

Activity Summary
  • 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
Independent Study

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.



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.



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


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


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.


Job 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 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:

    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 for further information.

For Academic Year 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

  • £12,100 entire course

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

  • £12,470 entire course
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
  • Some small travel costs may be incurred if filming/interviewing on location in and around Aberdeen is required.

Other Fees and Charges


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 Funding

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.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Alumni Discount

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



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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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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