BA (Hons) Journalism

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Gain accredited industry-relevant training to prepare you for a media career on one of the UK's longest running and respected journalism courses.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University is one of the longest established and most prestigious journalism degree courses available in Britain. We’re one of the top six journalism courses in the UK, Guardian University Awards 2017. Our course provides you with a critical understanding of the legal, political, economic and professional contexts of journalistic practice.

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. 


You’ll learn to produce high quality content for newspapers, magazines, radio, TV and digital platforms in our industry standard studios and newsrooms.

You'll gain experience with a work placement where you can apply your knowledge to a real media environment. You'll also help to produce an annual magazine which is distributed throughout Edinburgh. You'll be involved in sourcing and writing copy, sub-editing features, designing the layout and selling advertising space. This gives you vital experience and a professional publication that you can show to prospective employers.

You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of copyright, publishing, business, finance and law that will inform your journalistic work. You'll also develop transferable skills in communication, IT, presentation, team work, leadership and project management.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, specialist workshops, practical work in our studios and independent study.

You’ll get the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area of journalism in the final year. We also have excellent links with universities worldwide and you'll have the opportunity to study in Sweden, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands or the USA.

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.

Course content is updated regularly to ensure that it remains relevant and innovative. That’s why our graduates hit the ground running in professional journalism and are able to operate around the globe.

What you study

Year 1

  • Introduction to Reporting 1 (Print / Online)
  • Introduction to Reporting 2 (Broadcast)
  • Social Media
  • Media Studies
  • Multimedia Reporting
  • News Analysis

Year 2

  • Media Law for Journalists
  • Feature Writing
  • Global Current Affairs or an option
  • Broadcast Journalism (Radio)
  • Sub-editing and Design
  • Public Affairs
  • Shorthand (optional)

Year 3

  • Broadcast Journalism (TV)
  • Digital Platforms
  • Magazine Production
  • Information, Communication & Society
  • Literary Journalism or Sports Journalism
  • TV Studio Presentation or TV Documentary Making

Year 4

  • Dissertation
  • Newsroom Research and Practice
  • Major Journalism Project
  • Professional Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Covering the Arts or Power and Information

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.

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.

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. Click here for further information about 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

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.

Minimum year 3


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

Literary subjects accepted

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

Other 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.

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.

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.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your 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 being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £11,950 £12,350

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