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Academic programmes offered


BAHons Journalism

The honours degree is probably the most popular of all the courses offered by the University of Stellenbosch's postgraduate Department of Journalism.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree (on SAQA Level 7) from any discipline can apply to this programme. 

The selection process starts with a test to evaluate writing proficiency and general knowledge. Applicants who pass the test will be invited for an interview. No more than 26 students are selected every year.

For more information on the honours programme contact  Dr Marenet Jordaan on or 
Tel: 021 808 2625.

MA Journalism

The master's degree is a 180 credit programme based on a virtual classroom system and is the only modular course of its kind in South Africa. 

Students are only required to visit Stellenbosch for specific periods during the programme for seminars. 

The course is particularly popular with mid-career professionals who want to extend their qualifications and enhance their careers. The SU allows altogether four years for a student to complete a master's degree. 

For more information on the master's programme contact
Dr Gawie Botma on or
Tel: 021 808 3488.

PhD Journalism

Admission to the PhD programme in Journalism requires the candidate to be in possession of a recognised Master's degree in Journalism or Communication or an appropriate qualification acceptable and within the guidelines of the University. Admissions to doctoral studies will be considered on the grounds of a research proposal.

For more information on the doctoral programme contact the course convenor, Dr Gawie Botma at or 021 808 3488.