Department of Journalism Stellenbosch University

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Department of Journalism Stellenbosch University

Programme Coordinator: Ms Marenet Jordaan
Email: marenet@sun.ac.za
Tel: 021 808 2625

The postgraduate  BAHonours course in Journalism is probably the most popular of all the courses offered by the University of Stellenbosch’s post-graduate Department of Journalism. More than 100 applicants apply each year to be admitted to this one-year full-time degree.
The course is bilingual and students can hand in all their assignments and exams in either English or Afrikaans.

Admission requirements
Students who wish to apply for admission to Honours in Journalism must either have a bachelor degree or be in their final year of study for such a degree. Only 20 to 25 students are admitted to the course each year.

Entrance test and interview
All applicants must write an entrance test in September to assess their general knowledge, language skills, interests and cultural literacy. An individual interview will also be conducted with applicants who achieve a sub-minimum in the test. Applicants can choose to write the test and be interviewed in either Stellenbosch or Johannesburg.
If a student is unable to travel to either of these venues he/she must contact the Department to discuss alternative arrangements.

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Plagiarism
Plagiarism is regarded in a very serious light in journalism and in the training provided by this Department. Students that commit plagiarism, will get zero for an assignment and will not be allowed to hand in any other assignment in a specific module. Follow this link to the library’s website for more information on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Duration of the course
The course normally commences during the first week of February, while the final exams and projects have to be handed in by the end of November. Hereafter, students still need to complete a practical internship of at least four weeks at an approved media institution of their choice before graduating in March the next year.

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Course structure
Students should expect to be occupied with assignments, classes and other related journalism activities most of the time, Mondays through Fridays, and often most weekends.
Besides regular class assignments – that are also published on MatieMedia – students also compile and write news features for community media such as MFM and Eikestadnuus.

VERY IMPORTANT: if you want to apply electronically, you have to remember the following three things:

  1. ​Remember to sign the form,
  2. Remember to pay the application fee and, 
  3. Remember to attach all of your previous years’ academic records. If you do not do these three things, your application will not be processed and in turn not be accepted.
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