Stirling is top in Scotland for Journalism in The National Student Survey 2016. Communication and Media Studies is second in Scotland, top 20 in UK in the Complete University Guide 2017.
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 a 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
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.
BTEC (Level 3):
Year one minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.
Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in a related subject. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for possible courses.
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
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.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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.
|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|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options|
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
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.
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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.
|Film and Media||PP35|
(For a Combined Honours degree where the two subjects have differing entrance requirements, the higher entrance requirement usually applies.)
Introductory Reading and Preparatory Work
You don’t need any prior experience for the Introduction to Journalism Studies module. You’ll be provided readings throughout the semester, some general, some specific to each lecture. The most important thing however is for you to immerse yourself in the content, style and rhythm of the craft. For this, we recommend that you follow at least one quality newspaper or magazine (e.g. The Guardian, Financial Times, The Times; or The Economist, Time, Der Spiegel, Prospect) regularly and follow news on the BBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera, or CNN. For the issues that will be covered in the module itself, we recommend that you read the following.
Wahl-Jorgensen, K. and Hanitzsch, T. (Eds) (2009). The Handbook of Journalism Studies. London: Routledge.
Adam, G. and Clark, P. (Eds) (2005). Journalism: The Democratic Craft. Oxford University Press.
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates
Stirling is ranked:
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling’s well-established connections with several American and European universities.
"In my course, I definitely enjoyed all the hands on aspects the most. As interesting and thought provoking as theory parts were, when I got to go out of the teaching room with a camera, a mic, or something as simple as a notebook, I felt as though I was being handed valuable time to experience what working in the field was like."
Mark Cruikshank, Journalism and Film & Media student, Graduated 2017
"As you progress through the programme, you get greater opportunities to develop your technical and written skills for journalism. Sadly, because of the way my modules worked with my joint degree, I couldn’t take some of the more practical modules than I would have liked, but those modules I did have an opportunity to take were excellent. Some modules such as Writing for Journalists and the Work Experience module allow for hands-on learning, in a field where your technical abilities are just as important as your ability to think critically."
Ross Brannigan, Journalism and Politics student, Graduated 2017
The media is one of the dominant forces in the world today, and a journalism studies degree gives students the practical and analytical skills needed to work in broadcasting, print and online. These skills are also valued by employers in other sectors who need staff who understand the media and how to deal with it. Core journalistic skills – shorthand, researching, writing and editing compelling stories – are supplemented by modules exploring design, web content development, mobile journalism, social media, audio production, and video production.
A degree in journalism studies allows you to develop important transferable skills including:
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As part of this degree you will:
*modules are subject to availability and dependant on your degree structure
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We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.
Our alumni go into a range of careers but some have shaped the world of journalism including John McLellan, former editor-in-chief of the Scotsman, a former member of the Press Complaints Commission, and currently Director of the Scottish Newspaper Society; and Bafta-award winning BBC Investigative journalist Mark Daly.
Studying journalism opens doors to a range of careers where creativity, writing, communication and research skills, are invaluable.
Jobs where degree would be useful include:
Many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, strong communication skills and an understanding of the media are prized, so don't restrict research or ambition to the jobs listed here.
Some journalism studies graduates go on to work as reporters and writers for a range of organisations such as national, regional and local newspapers (print and online), radio and television stations, magazines, media and broadcast companies and creative digital media companies.
However, many find employment outside journalism and the media. Typical employers of journalism graduates include:
Other common employers include the Civil Service and further and higher education institutions.
Work can also be found in law, management, public administration and politics.
If you want to be a journalist, it is vital to build up a portfolio of work and gain as much relevant experience as possible. You will get practical experience in workshops throughout your studies. You can add to your portfolio by working on a student newspaper, magazine, TV or radio station. Starting a blog is also a good way to get started and gain experience.
There is a specific work placement module on the course allowing you to gain experience and make contacts within the industry. Students have undertaken placements with The Daily Record, the Sunday Mail, The Herald, The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News, Central FM radio, the Oban Times, the Alloa Advertiser, the BBC, Channel Four, and Sky, among others.
Valuable experience can be gained by contacting TV production studios, radio outlets, magazines and newspapers. Writing voluntarily for websites, print publications or other media outlets will also add to your portfolio and display skills accrued.
A small number of journalism graduates go on to undertake further training at postgraduate level. Some graduates pursue training courses accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
For those looking to enter other career areas, options for further study include teaching and law qualifications, or postgraduate courses in areas such as marketing or PR.
Relevant further Study available at Stirling includes: