Journalism (BA, BA (Hons))

Robert Gordon University the United Kingdom

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The award
BA, BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

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About Journalism at Robert Gordon University

This 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. There are strong links with industry, and you will benefit from guest speakers, visits to local broadcast organisations and taking part in ‘live' client projects.

What you will study

Year 1

  • Journalism Theory and Application

  • News Writing

  • Communication Design

  • Media Law

  • Governing the UK

  • Feature Writing

  • Broadcast Journalism and Production

  • Shorthand

Year 2

  • Portfolio Writing

  • Advanced Law for Journalists

  • Desktop Publishing for Journalists

  • Photo Journalism

  • Web Design

  • Public Affairs

  • Principles and Practice of Reporting

Year 3

  • Technology and Culture

  • Journalism and Literature

  • Applied News Production

  • Journalism Project

  • Placement

Year 4

  • Research Methods

  • Media Strategy

  • Media Semiotics

  • Dissertation

  • Editorial Leadership in Practice

  • Documentary Discourse and Practice

  • Future Directions in Global Journalism

As well as the compulsory modules, you will also have the opportunity to take external exams in shorthand, news writing and public affairs as prescribed by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Entry requirements

SQA Higher: BCCC including English at B.

GCE A Level: CCC including English or Communication.

ILC Higher: BC1C1C1 including English at B.

IB Diploma: 26, to include Higher English at grade 5.

Alternative Qualifications

HNC or equivalent qualifications will be considered for year 1 entry. Overseas qualifications and access programmes will be considered on an individual basis. Applications welcomed from students with alternative qualifications and relevant work experience.

Degree Link Programme

HND Journalism qualifications from one of our partner FE Colleges will be considered for year 3 entry.


Acceptance on this course is subject to a successful interview. If you meet the academic criteria you will be asked to demonstrate your particular interest, motivation and experience in pursuing a journalistic career. You are also encouraged to have completed some relevant work experience before applying to this course.

Placements and accreditations

The six week placement in year 3 provides you with an invaluable opportunity to put your skills and knowledge to the test in an appropriate journalism and media-based environment, as well as form excellent links with potential future employers.

Fees and bursaries

UK/EU Students

  • New students: £1820 for academic year 2010/11

Students from Scotland and the EU are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

If you are from England, Wales or Northern Ireland you should apply to the appropriate funding body.

  • England -

  • Wales -

  • Northern Ireland -

International Students

  • New students: £8650 for academic year 2010/11

The above tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

If you are already a student at Robert Gordon University, you can find information on fees for academic year 2010/11 on the Student Finance web pages.

How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS. You must apply online at

Once you register and create your username and password you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account and you can see the progress of your application, view and respond to your offers.

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  • The awardBA, BA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 - 4 years
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