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Journalism (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc Journalism has been designed to develop both critical understanding of the profession and provide an overview of the practices and concepts of journalism.

The MSc Journalism Degree explores the role of radio, television, print and online platforms, developing skills and building experience. This course will equip you with the skills, experience and understanding to build a career in journalism which combines academic discipline with practical training.

A placement opportunity is also available as part of this course

See the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/information-communication-and-media/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/journalism

What you will study

Key skills in journalistic writing, communication and IT are developed along with the skills of reporting, feature writing, subbing, interviewing and researching stories. The course also covers research and analytical skills and includes the social, economic and political roles of contemporary media and the role of the journalist in society.

You will be expected to attend intensive training in shorthand each day throughout the first two Semesters

Semester 1
•Journalism Theory and Application
•News Writing
•Media Law
•Broadcast Journalism

Semester 2
•Digital Journalism in Practice
•Portfolio Writing
•Politics and Public Affairs*
•Fieldwork Placement

Semester 3
•Journalism Project or Dissertation

You will be expected to sit NCTJ examinations in reporting, media law, video journalism, public affairs and shorthand.

Journalism Project/Dissertation

In Semester 2, you will present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the Masters dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the project/dissertation.

*This module is not yet available to view.

How you will learn

Full-time Study:
In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Teaching and Staff:
On this course you will be taught by staff with expertise in all areas of journalism, broadcasting and communication. The Course Leader is Andrew Jones, former head of BBC Scotland North. He teaches alongside John Linklater who was education correspondent, literary editor, theatre critic and features writer during a long career with The Herald in Glasgow.


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 journalism course has been designed in partnership with industry and provides graduates with both academic and professional knowledge and skills. These, in conjunction with practical skills, enhance career prospects and equip graduates with the skillset required to work in the journalism profession.

If you want to find out how to apply, click here - http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

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

Entry Requirements

The course is ideal for students who possess an undergraduate honours degree in any discipline and plan a professional career in journalism. International students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, at IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent. Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £5,000, International Students £10,000

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