Welcome to Stellenbosch University

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Department of Journalism

The Department of Journalism is the oldest specialised postgraduate training institution for this profession in South Africa. In the one-year BA Honours programme, professional, practical skills dovetail with conceptual skills. In the advanced master's and doctoral programmes the focus shifts to research on journalism in particular, and the media in general.​

This BA Honours programme is offered full-time, takes one year to complete and leads to a professional qualification. Students applying for admission to this programme must have a bachelor's degree, or be in their final year for a bachelor's degree and obtain the qualification before the BA Honours starts the following year. Applications close at the end of August and selection takes place in September of the year before study.
The MA is a taught mas​ter's programme requiring students to visit the Stellenbosch campus for the attendance of two series of block lectures. Students may make appointments for supervision in between. Students choose between coursework plus a 25% research assignment, or coursework plus a 50% thesis, or a 100% thesis.
The coursework entails electives such as:
  • Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Media Ethics
  • Media, Culture and the Information Society
  • Media History
  • Science Communication
​​​Applications close at the end of August and selection takes place in September.

​​A doctoral study may be undertaken after the student and the Department has reached an agreement on a research topic and proposal.​


  • BAHons (Journalism)
  • MA (Journalism)​​

  • PhD (Journalism)
Application Process