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


Our course provides you with a practical and critical understanding of the changing face of journalism and the legal, political and economic aspects of the profession.

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 links with STV and other news organisations as well as freelance opportunities.

The course provides the opportunity to study at a partner university overseas, or complete a work placement in industry.
The course provides the opportunity to study at a partner university overseas, or complete a work placement in industry in your third year.

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.
Students working in the Broadcast Newsroom at Merchiston Campus

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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 and media organisations, giving you the chance to have your work regularly broadcast.

The course builds insight into the media industry, developing a sophisticated skillset that will aid employability. Students develop professional experience first hand – encompassing newsgathering across digital platforms, 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).

  • 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 links with STV and other news organisations, 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 both Standard and 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

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBB including English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including Grade B in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and 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

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 2020/21 2021/22
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £13,360 tba
Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland starting in 2020/21 will be invoiced the 2020/21 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


Students working in the Broadcast Newsroom at Merchiston

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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