Journalism BA (Hons)

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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 various 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 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.
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Mode of Study:



4 years

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Course details

This is a full-time course studied over four years. Our curriculum is developed to reflect the latest industry trends. 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).

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    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.

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    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).
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    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 various news organisations, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in week-long placements or longer. A number of paid internships are also available.

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    Study abroad

    You’ll have the opportunity to study a broad range of disciplines within journalism, specialising in your chosen area in Years 2 and 3. 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
  • Public Affairs for Journalists
  • Introduction to Broadcast Journalism

Year 2

  • Sub-editing and Design
  • Social Media
  • 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 is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Journalism?

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.

Can you go straight into second year of university?

Advanced entry into Year 2 or Year 3 of this course is possible for students with suitable qualifications. See the individual year tabs for more information.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the undergraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

  • Standard Entry Requirement: ABBB 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

  • BBC including English or other literary subject*.

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • H2, H2, H2, 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) National Diploma Level 3

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Award of Diploma with 29 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6,5,5 including Grade 5 in English.

Literary subjects accepted

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

T Level

  • Grade Merit
  • T Level must be completed in a English/Literary subject or A Level English may be required. Please contact to check if you meet the subject specific requirements. 

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

  • BBC including English

A Level

  • BBB including English or other literary subject*


  • Pass HNC in Creative Industries: Media and Communication, Practical Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Radio or Creative Industries: Television 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 Practical Journalism, Radio or Creative Industries: Television with grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

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 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0.  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.

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

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

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 2024/25 2025/26
Scotland £1,820 £tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £tba
Overseas and EU £16,680 £tba
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.
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.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


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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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