We live in a connected society. Information is readily available and the lines between fact and opinion are increasingly blurred. A career in journalism in the digital age requires new, creative ways of engaging audiences in honest and ethical reporting.
This is the only double-accredited journalism degree in Scotland. The Multimedia Journalism degree from Glasgow Caledonian University has National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) accreditation. Your degree is validated by the best in the industry and gives you access to a wide range of benefits.
Our academic staff are experienced journalists with excellent industry contacts. Experts from the BBC, STV, Newsquest and The Scotsman frequently deliver guest lectures. Working with industry partners, you can access mentorship support, placements and extracurricular opportunities. This industry-based experience will boost your CV and career prospects.
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
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Clearing entry requirements
A Level: CCD at plus English at C (A Level CDD is acceptable as long as you have a relevant subject such as English/Media, as well as the GCSE requirements In addition a satisfactory interview and entrance test is required)
BTEC/CACHE: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media/Journalism at MMP. In addition, a satisfactory interview and entrance test is required.
Standard entry requirements
SQA Higher: AABB including English or Media Studies
A level: BCC plus GCSE English B/5
ILC Higher: H1, H2, H2, H3 including English or Media Studies at H2 or above
IB Diploma: 25 points including English
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at DMM plus GCSE English B/5
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
This is a very competitive course with a high ratio of applications to places. To gain a place the following details are the really important things your application needs to include (You will probably need a couple of paragraphs at least on the UCAS form to cover all of this)
a clear statement in your UCAS application that you want to be a Journalist,
supported by...some evidence of that commitment: work experience in a newsroom; editing the school magazine; any articles published. Any one of these may suffice.
Say as much as you can in your UCAS statement about your journalism experiences, achievements and ambitions.
Interview and Test Information
Selected applicants are required to attend an interview and test. Final admission to year 1 is by interview and test - a requirement for NCTJ and BJTC accreditation. We need to see if you really do have the human qualities journalists need (eg curiosity, resilience, persistence, politeness); whether you really know what's going on in current affairs, the press and broadcasting; and have an eye for precision in written English.
The test includes current affairs questions as well as assessing your written English. We will also ask you to sit a voice test in our digital radio studio, and bring along to the interview at least one (and no more than three) examples of your own original journalistic work. Ideally, these should be published pieces - from the school magazine, local paper, a website, for example - but if you do not have any such examples, do not worry: we will give you a precise brief to write something especially for the day.
The creative industries in Scotland are worth £3.7 billion (Scotsman, 2017). Our graduates are highly successful and well regarded within Scottish media industries as well as the creative and communication sectors. Glasgow itself is well known for its media and cultural creativity. The city is home to Scottish newspaper headquarters. BBC Scotland and ITV television studios are a short walk from campus and the area is an increasingly popular movie location.
You will develop the creative skills and values needed to publish honest, ethically-sourced reports via print, radio, television and online. Your shorthand, news reporting and page layout techniques will develop as you use the industry-standard equipment and facilities on campus. You will use video, audio and editing equipment in class. Along with high-quality writing, your multimedia content will give your news stories the power to reach audiences across digital platforms. Your journalistic values will be strengthened throughout and you will receive training in media law, ethics and media industry governance. The integrity and confidence this brings will set you apart from other graduates and professionals in your field.
This is a practical degree that is informed by the latest in journalism research. You will work with industry-standard equipment and be tasked with industry-style briefs. Teaching is research-led. You are taught the skills that are relevant to today’s audiences, whilst mastering the fundamentals of this well-respected discipline.
You will prepare for and sit accreditation level NCTJ exams each year. You can also choose optional modules and earn additional credits to gain further professional recognition. You are encouraged to take the opportunity to study abroad through our student exchange programme.
News Writing and Journalism; Shorthand Theory; Broadcast and Online Production 1; Media Industries 1; Introduction to Media Analysis; Introduction to Public Relations; Fundamentals of Financial Management
Reporting and Newspaper Journalism; Feature Writing and Magazine Journalism; Shorthand Speed Development (additional credit); Media Industries 2: Enterprise and Employability; Multi-level Governance; Broadcast and Online Production 2
Media Ethics; Specialist Reporting; Newsdays; Communications Law & Regulation (NCTJ); Research Methods: Theory and Practice; Option module
Honours Dissertation; Media Project; Two option modules
The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.
During your studies, you will get to know industry partners such as the BBC and STV. Our partners provide work placements, networking events and guest lectures. You will complete 20 days or more work experience. You also have the opportunity to earn additional credits and apply for professional membership from the course's accrediting bodies.
Graduates of the multimedia journalism degree have enjoyed successful careers at the BBC, STV and The Herald. The Daily Record, Radio Clyde, The Drum and news agency Deadline are amongst many of the University's top graduate employers.
You can join the next generation of critically-conscious journalists confident in the impact your combined abilities and values can have. Our award-winning students consistently perform well at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards. Students from this degree have received more SSJA nominations and awards than students from any other higher education course in Scotland. This adds to the positive reputation of our students, graduates and the degree course itself.
Your degree has National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) accreditation. This is the only journalism degree in Scotland to provide both and there are many benefits. Editors and employers are looking for new journalists with these accreditations. We are required to keep our facilities in line with current industry practice. You are entitled to sit professional exams during your studies, e.g. NCTJ's knowledge of media law. Over and above this, you have access to industry networks and networking events.
Glasgow School for Business and Society has been awarded four out of a possible five QS Stars. This high rating from the prestigious QS Stars Business Schools rating system assures the quality of the programme and is an international benchmark of excellence from which our graduates benefit.
Your technical ability to deliver a story in various formats across various platforms is critical to career success. We provide modern facilities on campus. You will use a purpose-built multimedia newsroom, HD TV studios, digital radio and podcast studios. Our facilities are maintained to the exceptionally high standards set by our accrediting partners.
|Newsroom||The purpose-built newsroom provides access to specialist Adobe software and content management systems. You have access to radio news editing systems and news feeds. You also have access to an ENPS broadcast news production system. There are Avid HD networked digital video edit suites. These suites are equipped with digital TV and radio monitors with playout links from TV and radio studios. Digital streaming, daily newspapers and weekly magazines are provided. |
|TV production studio and gallery||You have access to a purpose-built TV studio and gallery on campus. The TV studio is equipped with HD JVC cameras, green screen, autocue and graphics/titling software. Play in from remote studio with Chroma Key as well as gallery play in from Avid server. Full talkback for presenters and camera positions. There are Panasonic Tapeless, CCD HD cameras and Vinten pro tripods. You have access to mobile journalism mojo kits. These include steadicam camera gimbals, i-phone, tripod, Rhode lapel mic, Sennheiser handheld mic, headphones and multiple apps. You will use Avid Media Composer digital editing suites. We also provide Nikon 360 cameras, Canon Digital Stills cameras, lighting kits, rifle mics, boom mics, and other ancillaries. |
|Editorial and radio production suites||There are two computer and production labs on campus. PCs are equipped with the same specialist kit that you find in the newsroom. |
|Radio presenting and production suites||There are two soundproof Clyde Broadcast Synergy Bronze digital radio studios on campus. Both equipped with Burli radio news network editing and separate control booths. Editing suites come equipped with Adobe Audition digital audio, Tascam DR-40 Linear digital audio recorders and Marantz digital audio recorders.|
|Production studio||We have flexible open video studio space on campus with blackout walls, green screen, 6-colour background system and lighting rig.|
You have the opportunity to study abroad in year three of the degree. We have international partnerships with universities teaching journalism in English based in Barcelona, Madrid, Melbourne, New York, Ottawa and Tennessee. We are also part of the Erasmus funded exchange programme.
You have the option to add a language module to the Multimedia Journalism degree in year four. We offer French, Spanish, German or Italian from beginners to professional level. The level of study should be based on your previous language ability.
Your print and broadcast skills will be assessed based on the NCTJ and BJTC criteria and marking schemes. Guest tutors from industry are frequently involved in teaching and contribute to your assessment. All practical journalism assessments are submitted and assessed electronically online or produced and marked live if broadcast productions.
In year 4, you will complete a double-module professional project or portfolio of your best journalism. This will contribute the same weighting towards your Honours marks as your dissertation. You will write and submit practical journalism items at least once per fortnight, and in some subjects, once per week. Blogs and wikis are also used to build your knowledge and understanding step-by-step. These are also good tools for pooling ideas together with classmates and learning collaboratively.
In year 3, you will produce live 'Newsdays' weekly. Working in teams, you will originate, produce and present radio and TV news bulletins, newspapers and online news pages. You will take part in practical workshops using industry-standard radio & TV studios, newsroom and edit suites. Full-time and guest industry tutors will oversee your work.
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
NCTJ Diploma exam fees
As part of the NCTJ accreditation of the programme, students are required to take the NCTJ's own Diploma preliminary exams in seven subjects. You are not charged by the university for your first sittings of these professional exams. Additional fees are changed for re-sits of these exams. NCTJ fees (2015/16) for re-sit sittings ranged from £14.70 (Shorthand) to £54.90 (Reporting, Media Law, Public Affairs, Portfolio).
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.