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BA (Hons) Journalism Studies

UCAS Code P500 Part-time study available Study abroad opportunities

Prepare for a media career with our highly-rated Journalism degree. Get hands-on experience, create a portfolio and make your passion your profession.

Journalism Studies

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September or January
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

The digital age has transformed the way news is reported and consumed, with more media platforms available than ever before. A degree in Journalism Studies from the University of Stirling equips you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you’ll need to make a mark in this rapidly-evolving arena.

With over 30 years of experience in researching and teaching journalism, the University of Stirling has established a reputation as one of the UK’s top institutions in the field. This course covers both theoretical and practical aspects of journalism, and offers an in-depth, critical understanding of the practice. You’ll work individually and in groups to write articles and prepare portfolios; create pages for print and online news; produce and edit visuals; and contribute to class blogs. Everything you do will deepen your understanding of how professional journalists operate across broadcast, online and print media – and by the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to take your place among them.

Guest lecturers from the media regularly visit the University to share their knowledge with you directly, and respected broadcaster Jon Snow has described our media department as “a breed apart”. Join us to fulfil your ambitions in journalism, and you’ll soon find out why.

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

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  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers
    AABB – one sitting
    AABBB – two sittings

    GCE A-levels
    BBB

    IB Diploma
    32 

    BTEC (Level 3)
    DDM

  • Other qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND

    Bs in graded units

    English, Welsh and NI HNC/D

    Merits and Distinctions

    Access Courses

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

    Foundation Apprenticeships

    Foundation apprenticeships are considered to be equivalent to one Higher at Grade B.

  • Advanced entry

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

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

  • Other routes of entry

    If you’re an international student and don’t meet the required academic and English-language criteria for entry onto this degree, there are other options. You could take our International Foundation programme, which prepares you for entry onto our degrees. Delivered by INTO University of Stirling on our Stirling campus, you can benefit from excellent teaching and supportive English language training. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences  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

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    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.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    Lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations are the main teaching methods on the course, and you’ll take part in live reporting assignments whenever possible. Journalists and editors from a range of newspapers and broadcasting organisations also contribute guest lectures and seminars.

    The annual Hetherington Memorial Lectures have featured distinguished journalists such as John Lloyd, Jon Snow, Roy Greenslade, Jonathan Freedland, Sheena MacDonald, Elinor Goodman and former editors of The Guardian.

  • Assessment

    The degree is assessed by means of essays, examinations, individual and group practical assignments and a dissertation on a topic related to journalism.

  • Work placement opportunities

    We make sure your Journalism degree includes opportunities to build a portfolio and gain relevant work experience. You’ll get practical experience in workshops throughout your studies, and you can add to your portfolio by working on a student newspaper, magazine, TV or radio station.

    There’s also a specific work placement module on the course that allows you to gain valuable 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
    • BBC
    • Channel Four
    • Sky

     

  • Study abroad

    As a University of Stirling student, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

    Find out more about studying abroad.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    £1,820*

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    £1,820*

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250 £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £12,140 £12,450

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. 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.

  • Funding opportunities

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Eligible students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to receive the University’s Undergraduate Choice Scholarship, which offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent

    Alternatively, the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    You don’t need to apply for these awards - we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What jobs can you get with a Journalism degree?

Journalism courses open the door to a range of careers where creativity, writing, communication and research skills, are invaluable. Job possibilities include:

  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Online/Digital Journalist
  • Newspaper Editor/sub-editor
  • Researcher
  • Publishing Copy-editor/Proof-reader
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Communications Manager/Officer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Political communications
  • Copywriter

We have extensive links with the media industry, and many of our graduates have pursued successful careers in print, broadcast and online journalism. This course is also strengthened by regular input from our industry advisory board of professionals, who offer a diverse range of experience and expertise.

Our alumni go into a range of careers, but among those who have been most prominent in shaping the world of journalism include 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 investigative BBC journalist Mark Daly.

  • You’ll leave with extensive practical skills and a portfolio to enhance your employability.
  • Hone in on your career ambitions by combining Journalism with one of 8 other courses – from Law to Sports Studies.
  • Over 97% of our undergraduate leavers are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).
  • Employability skills

    Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market. We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at Stirling and develop the attributes required by employers. We also have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Careers and Employability Service that 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.

    Your studies will equip you with skills in the following areas, plus many more:

    • Resourcefulness
    • Communication
    • Critical analysis
    • Self-management
    • Flexibility and adaptability
    • Time management
Asya Filipova
When I looked up all the journalism-related courses across Scotland, I found Stirling’s one to be the most diverse one. It offered all sorts of modules, from writing to multimedia reporting, from advertising to sports journalism.
Asya Filipova
Bulgaria BA (Hons) Journalism and Politics
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