Media and Journalism

Department of Media and Journalism

We prepare our graduates in media and journalism for careers in the dynamic and fast-moving global media industries. Located in the heart of Scotland’s media city, Glasgow Caledonian University students benefit from the Department of Media and Journalism’s close industry links, professional accreditations and research excellence.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes combine theory with practice to produce graduates who are creative, confident and critically engaged in the major professional, social and ethical issues of the media industries. We equip our students with digital media skills, broadcast, writing and multimedia skills across all platforms in our industry standard studios and editing suites. The programmes are underpinned by research and theory as well as a grounding in media law, ethics and research techniques.

Our team has extensive industry links which have helped to earn us industry accreditations and greatly enhance students’ employability. 

Our alumni have gone on to work for major media outlets including Sky Sports News, BBC Scotland, The Scottish Daily Mail, The National, Newsquest Scotland, Deadline News Agency, the Press & Journal, DC Magazines, the Alloa Advertiser and in public relations and corporate communications. Every major long-running British TV drama has recruited our MA TV Fiction Writing graduates and our alumni are in most major shows as writers, script editors, storyliners or producers.

Research 

Staff are engaged in a wide range of research-related activities both in terms of traditional academic publication and dissemination of research work to a wider public, for example via regular invited contributions to broadcast media and newspapers. 

The research work of staff feeds closely into teaching, with some of our most innovative module and programme developments having arisen directly out of staff research interests.

At the most recent UK-wide assessment of University research (REF 2014), over half of Media and Journalism’s submitted academic outputs were judged to be ‘world-leading’ (17%) or ‘internationally excellent’ (38%) and Media and Journalism at GCU was ranked highest in terms of research power for any modern University in Scotland (Times Higher Education Supplement, REF results by subject, 2014).

Staff regularly work with in research terms and/or have received project funding from a wide range of external organisations and stakeholders, including in recent years: the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Aye Write Glasgow Book Festival, Bord na Gaidhlig, the BBC (for example: BBC Radio 4, ‘Archive on Four: The War Game Files’), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA Scotland), British Film InstituteThe Conversation, The Herald, International Association of Jungian Studies, MG Alba, Scottish Parliament, Soillse, STV, Shed Media, The Sunday Post, Ullapool Book Festival, Warner Brothers, amongst many others.

The Department warmly welcomes PhD applications and prospective PhD enquiries covering topics relating to all areas of the Department’s current research activity. 

Accreditation and partnerships

Our BA Multimedia Journalism and MA Multimedia Journalism are the only double accredited journalism degree programmes in Scotland, each holding National Council for the Training of Journalists (since 2005) and Broadcast Journalism Training Council (since 2008) badges. Our accreditors and industry partners have an active role in ensuring that the programmes include the latest industry techniques and technologies, ensuring our graduates are at the forefront of the latest practices.

Our BA Media and Communication programme is highly ranked at 18 in The Complete University Guide 2019

The Department is the only Scottish Higher Education partner for the albert sustainability initiative. This is a collaborative BAFTA, indie and broadcaster backed project that provides the film and TV industries with the necessary expertise and opportunities to take action on environmental sustainability. The project aims for all UK screen content to be made in a way that benefits individuals, industry organisations and the planet.

Our students and alumni benefit from an excellent network and campus visits form guest speakers including GCU honorary graduate Martin Compston, from the BBC’s Line of Duty and Jed Mercurio, the UK's most successful 'showrunner', writer and producer of such hits as Line of Duty, Bodyguard, Bodies and Cardiac Arrest, who held a masterclass with the MA TV Fiction Writing programme. A range of journalists also visit the department including Newsnight anchor Kirsty Wark, who spoke to Multimedia Journalism students about the rise of fake news.

This close interaction with the industry, bringing students into direct contact with key industry personnel has become an important part not only of GCU's programme, but of the television writing, media and journalism scene in Scotland.

Facilities

Our purpose-built television studio and gallery, radio studio, digital media studio and newsroom all feature modern digital equipment, enabling students to use industry-standard software to produce television and radio packages and bulletins, blogs, newspapers and magazines. These facilities are also used in media training and consultancy for high profile clients from industry, the public sector and charities.

Degree courses

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  • Media and Communication

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start dates:
    • Sep 2020
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Media and Journalism
    If you enjoy being independent and critically-minded, you can become a content producer or multimedia specialist. Study media for film, TV, press, radio and digital platforms at degree level.
  • Media and Communication (year 3 entry)

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start dates:
    • Sep 2020
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Media and Journalism
    If you hold a college certificate, progress your skills in film, TV, press, radio and digital media at undergraduate degree level. Pursue a career as a content producer or multimedia specialist.
  • Multimedia Journalism

    • 2020/21
    • MA

    Accredited by:

    • BJTC
    • NCTJ
    Award:
    • MA
    Start date:
    • Sep 2020
    Subject:
    • Media and Journalism
    Accreditations:
    • BJTC
    • NCTJ
    Study with journalism experts in purpose-built newsroom, editing and radio and TV facilities. Our links with major news organisations will help you develop a career as a reporter, editor, producer or social media editor with the BBC, STV, Sky Sports,
  • Multimedia Journalism

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • BJTC
    • NCTJ
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start dates:
    • Sep 2020
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Media and Journalism
    Accreditations:
    • BJTC
    • NCTJ
    Become a journalist, writer or editor with this course accredited by the BJTC. Enjoy writing, investigating and communicating and progress your skills in shorthand, news reporting, page layout, broadcasting and editing techniques at degree level.
  • Multimedia Journalism (year 3 entry)

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • BJTC
    • NCTJ
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start dates:
    • Sep 2020
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Media and Journalism
    Accreditations:
    • BJTC
    • NCTJ
    If you hold a college certificate and would like to become a journalist, writer or editor, study this course accredited by the BJTC. Progress your shorthand, writing, broadcasting and editing skills at degree level.
  • Award:
    • MA
    Start date:
    • Sep 2020
    Subject:
    • Media and Journalism
    Study with experts in the field of scriptwriting and writing for TV and UK TV drama and benefit from our close collaborations with BBC, ITV and independent professionals. Progress to a career in TV and film screenwriting and development.
Courses 1 - 6 of 6

Meet the department

Our teaching and support staff are here to help.  For Course and programme enquiries:  T:  +44 (0) 141 331 8630

E:  studentenquiries@gcu.ac.uk

Head of Department Media and Journalism

Ben’s career spans journalism and higher education, including Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, where he was principal lecturer in journalism and programme director responsible for Learning & Teaching and Quality in the Department of Media.

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Teaching on programmes including the BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism, and the MA Multimedia Journalism; before joining the University in 2004 spent 13 years as a newspaper editor in Scotland and England.

Senior Lecturer, Media & Journalism

A Caledonian Scholar & Senior Lecturer at GCU, Dr Chalmers is an economist by profession. He has specialised for over ten years in the economics of minority languages, arts & culture & has undertaken research & consultancy for many organisations,

Professor in Media

Professor John Cook is an internationally known and respected academic expert in the study of the media, with particular research specialisms in aspects of television history, media institutions, screenwriting, television drama, documentary and film..

Senior Lecturer in Media and Journalism

Ken Garner teaches news, feature and entertainment writing skills on the BA Media & Communication and BA Multimedia Journalism, Scotland’s only undergraduate journalism programme accredited by both the main industry training bodies.

Joe Hall BSc Social Sciences and Media
PhD Researcher

Joe started as a full-time PhD researcher in October 2018. His PhD project aims to explore the individual and social factors that encourage stroke survivors to positively reconfigure their identity following stroke.