BA (Hons) Journalism

Undergraduate, Full-time

Journalism BA (Hons)

Gain industry-relevant training on one of the UK's longest-running, most respected journalism courses, and prepare for a media career


Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University is one the most prestigious journalism degree courses available in Britain. We're the No. 6 journalism course in the UK, according to the Guardian University Awards 2017.

Our course provides you with a critical understanding of the legal, political, economic and professional contexts of journalistic practice. You'll find yourself covering news from all walks of life – on live TV, radio or online news days.

Our emphasis on employability means that you'll be taught by professional journalists about everyday life in the industry. And we'll introduce you to ways of gaining first-hand experiences in journalism –including work placements through our partnership with STV or other news organisations as well as a freelancer.

We're committed to producing highly capable graduates with the strongest possible skillset. From the start, we treat you not just as a student, but as a working journalist, challenging you to produce work to industry standard so you can excel in a newsroom environment.

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4 years

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Course details

This is a full-time course studied over four years. Our curriculum is developed with employers, industry contacts, media organisations, and media partners such as STV, giving you the chance to have your work regularly broadcast.

The BA (Hons) Journalism programme is a four-year course which builds insight into the media industry, developing a sophisticated skillset that will aid employability. Students who can build rounded, detailed skillsets – encompassing first-class information gathering, writing, radio and TV package creation (including the technical operation of equipment and editing software), and digital know-how (including basic coding, website design and app building) – will be best equipped for the challenges of professional practice and finding a job.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, specialist workshops, practical work in our studios and independent study.

  • note and pen Assessments

    As part of your programme of study, you’ll experience a variety of assessments, though the vast majority fall into two categories:

    1. academic essays, which show you understand the theory behind a subject
    2. practical pieces of work (such as news stories, feature articles, radio scripts etc).
  • briefcase Work placement

    A compulsory 15 days of work experience will further add to your skillset and also give you an understanding of how contemporary media workplaces function.

    Through our partnership with STV, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in week-long placements or longer. A number of paid internships are also available.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    You’ll have the opportunity to study a broad range of disciplines within journalism, specialising in your chosen area in Year 4. We have excellent links with universities worldwide and you'll have the opportunity to study in Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain or the USA.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to Reporting
  • Global Current Affairs
  • Covering the Arts
  • News writing
  • Social Media
  • Introduction to Broadcast Journalism

Year 2

  • Sub-editing and Design
  • Public Affairs for Journalists
  • Feature Writing
  • Radio News
  • Media Law for Journalists
  • Literary Journalism or Sports Journalism

Year 3

  • Magazine Production
  • Information, Communication & Society
  • TV News
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Digital Platforms
  • TV Studio Presentation or Documentary Practice

Year 4

  • Dissertation
  • Newsdays
  • Major Project
  • Professional Development


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For applicants who meet the academic criteria, after further scrutiny of your application, you may be asked for an additional piece of work after which you may be invited to attend an interview.  This applies to all years of entry.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBB including English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including Grade B in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including English or other literary subject*

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System: 

B1, B1, B3, B3 at HL including English

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at HL including English

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a relevant subject, plus Grade C in A Level English

BTEC (QCF) Diploma

Minimum grades D*D* (Distinction*, Distinction*) in a relevant subject, plus Grade C in A Level English

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6,5,4 including Grade 5 in English

Literary subjects accepted

*Modern Studies, History, Psychology, RMPS, Latin, Sociology, Theology, Media Studies, Politics, Classics, Philosophy and Geography.

Minimum year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including English

A Level

BBB including English or other literary subject*


Pass HNC in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Literary subjects accepted

*Modern Studies, History, Psychology, RMPS, Latin, Sociology, Theology, Media Studies, Politics, Classics, Philosophy and Geography.

Minimum year 3


Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with 7.5 overall with no element below 7.5.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £12,350 £12,845
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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Career opportunities include:

Our graduates have an impressive track record of gaining employment in the news media. This course can lead to a number of careers in the following areas:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Digital
  • Multimedia
  • News agencies
  • Corporate communications
  • Public relations

Recent graduates have gained full-time work in these fields as well as with employers such as the BBC, STV, BT Sport and Glasgow 2014.

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