Stirling is top in Scotland for Communication and Media Studies in the Complete University Guide for 2014, also top in Scotland in the Guardian University Guide 2014 for Media Studies, Communications and Librarianship
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
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.
Applicants are encouraged to gain experience in Journalism before applying.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
Modes of study
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
February entry also available.
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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
You will take the following module:
- Journalism, Research & Analysis
You will take the following module:
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
- 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:
- 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
Teaching 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.
Journalism Studies can be studied with:
|Film and Media
(For a Combined Honours degree where the two subjects have differing entrance requirements, the higher entrance requirement usually applies.)
1st for Communications and Media in Scotland in The Times Good University Guide, 2013.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling’s well-established connections with several American and European universities.
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.
94% of University of Stirling 2012 graduates have found work, or are in a
further programme of study within 6 months of graduation. The Telegraph
ranks Stirling in the top 12 UK universities for getting a job.
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.
For news about graduates, visit: www.fmj.stir.ac.uk/social-media/intelligencer.php