Journalism Studies

BA (Hons)


Stirling is top in Scotland for Communication and Media Studies in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

Journalism Studies combines all the elements of a good Arts degree with a marketable, career- orientated specialism. It  provides you with a broad academic grounding in the contextual knowledge, as well as the critical and practical skills, that will enable you to understand, analyse and produce journalism across the range of media – print, broadcast and online.

Stirling is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence in journalism research and has built up a strong reputation for the teaching of journalistic skills. Working journalists regularly contribute to teaching, while journalism lecturers frequently contribute their expertise to the media.

The Film and Media Studies department is a breed apart. This is a holistic approach to film and media that refuses to ghettoise them into the narrow confines that others pursue in other institutions. For me Stirling is simply the best in this regard

Jon Snow, broadcaster and journalist


Key information

  • UCAS: P500
  • Degree type: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
  • Course Director: Marina Dekavalla
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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1st for Communication and Media in Scotland in the Complete University Guide for 2015

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points

BTEC (Level 3):

Other qualifications

Year one minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in a related subject. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for possible courses.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Additional information

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
General entrance requirements apply.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Fees and finance

Fees 2016/7

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,555.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Fees 2017/8

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,845.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

You will take Journalism Studies plus two other subjects in Year 1.

Semesters 1 – 2

You will take the following modules:

  • Introduction to Journalism Studies
  • Ethical Issues in Journalism

Semester 3

You will take the following module:

  • Journalism, Research & Analysis

Semester 4

You will take the following module:

  • Writing for Journalists

In addition, you may take either Digital Media and Culture or Reading Film and Television.

Semesters 5 – 8

You may study modules in:

  • Print and Photo Journalism
  • Introduction to Audio and Video Production
  • Analysing the Language of News
  • Digital Journalism
  • Journalism and Society
  • Dissertation
  • Introduction to Law and Government for Journalists
  • Researching Media and Culture
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Journalism Work Experience
  • Journalism Project

Three further advanced semester modules may be selected from a range of modules offered in the Film and Media course. These are likely to include:

  • Advertising
  • Sport, the Media and Popular Culture
  • Gender and Representation
  • Terrorism in the Media
  • Cultural Theory and Media Practice
  • Radio Feature Production
  • The Body in Screen Culture
  • TV Drama 

Delivery and assessment

Lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations are the main teaching methods and you will take part in live reporting assignments whenever possible. The degree is assessed by means of essays, examinations, individual and group practical assignments, and a dissertation on a topic related to journalism.

Journalists and editors from a range of newspapers and broadcasting organisations contribute guest lectures and seminars. The annual Hetherington Memorial Lectures have featured distinguished journalists John Lloyd, Jon Snow, Roy Greenslade, Jonathan Freedland, Sheena MacDonald, Elinor Goodman and The Guardian editors present and past, Alan Rusbridger and Peter Preston, and broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell.

Combined degrees

Journalism Studies can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
English Studies QP35
Film and Media PP35
French RP15
History VP15


Politics PL52
Spanish PR54
Sports Studies PC56

(For a Combined Honours degree where the two subjects have differing entrance requirements, the higher entrance requirement usually applies.)

Related degrees

Film & Media

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates

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Why Stirling?



In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.


We are a pioneer in film and media education and research, nationally and internationally active in the field since 1978. We are one of the largest departments in the UK and have consistently been rated top in Scotland in Research Assessment Exercises since they began.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling’s well-established connections with several American and European universities.

Our students

“Studying here provides students with a range of skills that will benefit a future career in the media and our tutors and professors are some of the most experienced professionals in the industry. We're definitely in good hands.” Amy McCready, 4th year student in Journalism Studies and Film and Media.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

We have extensive links with the media industries and many of our graduates have pursued successful careers in print, broadcast and online journalism.

The BA Journalism Studies also offers a foundation for vocational postgraduate study in journalism and related fields such as public relations and media management.

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