University Of Aberdeen Journalism

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University Of Aberdeen Journalism

The MSc Journalism Degree explores the role of radio, television, print and online platforms, developing skills and building experience. This course will equip you with the skills, experience and understanding to build a career in journalism which combines academic discipline with practical training.

Key skills in journalistic writing, communication and IT are developed along with the skills of reporting, feature writing, subbing, interviewing and researching stories. The course also covers research and analytical skills and includes the social, economic and political roles of contemporary media and the role of the journalist in society.

You will be expected to attend intensive training in shorthand each day throughout the first two Semesters

Stage 1      Semester 1

BSM066       Media Industries (15 credits)

BSM128       Media Law (15 credits)

BSM129       News Writing (15 credits)

BSM131       Digital Journalism in Practice (15 credits)

Stage 2      Semester 2

BSM054       Professional Practice (15 credits)

BSM130       Broadcast Journalism (15 credits)

BSM068       Political Communication and Public Affairs (15 credits)

BSM055       Research Methods (15 credits)

Stage 3      Semester 3

BSM101       Journalism Project/Dissertation (60 credits)

You will be expected to sit examinations in reporting, media law, video journalism, public affairs and ultimately to sit professional exams in shorthand organised through our partners, NESCOL.

Journalism Project/Dissertation

In Semester 2, you will present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the Masters dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the project/dissertation.

The Project/Dissertation can take the form of a practical project (documentary style packages for radio or television or a print portfolio) as an alternative to the traditional academic dissertation of 20,000 words.

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information

Entry requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject area.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

English Language

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter

Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £3,400 entire course

Rest of UK Students

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

  • £11,740 entire course



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