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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

    Communication & Media Studies

  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    Full time - 12 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    UK/EU Students: £5,500 entire course
    International Students: £12,100 entire course

  • Last Updated

    07 September 2018

Course content

This highly practical course 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

What you will study


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.

Teaching and assessment

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.


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


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.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

Visit the Journalism (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!




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