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Journalism and Mass Communication

Overview

This course often focuses on either gathering or distributing information. Students learn techniques for research and interviews to gather useful information. The Journalism and Mass Communication course provides a broader basis for careers in mass communication, journalism and the media as well as a wide range of other occupations where critical understanding, flexibility, research, analytical and communication skills and proficiency in communication are required. Students also learn how to retain focus for long periods of time, how to effectively communicate to large groups and how to understand when a situation might become interesting. These skills can help students handle stress and other problems in your daily life. Your knowledge of how to gather or present information to mass audiences is useful in news outlets and government positions.

Entry Level

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • PhD

Entry Mode

This programme is widely taught as full time, part-time, distance or sandwich at most levels.

General Entry Requirements

Subject Specific Requirements

Prior qualification in English Literature is an advantage.

WASSCE Entry requirements

Core: Credit passes (C6) in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies Electives: Credit passes (C6) in any three elective subjects

American High School Grade 12

An applicant for admission to a degree programme in Ghana must have a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0 *Admissions will be to Level 100.

GCE (Cambridge) – ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels

Applicants must have three relevant subjects at the Cambridge ‘A’ Levels. In addition, they must have at least five (5) passes including English and Mathematics at the Cambridge ‘O’ Level. *Most universities in Ghana welcome applications from students who follow the IB Diploma Programme and meet the following college requirements. Admissions will be to Level 100.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants must have at least Grade 4 in any Three (3) HL subjects. In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL) and Mathematics (SL).

Mature

• Must be, at least, 25 years by (*certain date). • Should have a minimum of GCE/SSSCE/WASSCE Certificate or an equivalent qualification. • Must pass a University Entrance Exam or aptitude test in Math and English.

Postgraduate

Masters (MPhil, MA, MSc) • A good first degree (at least a second class lower division) in a relevant field of study at any recognised University. 

PhD 

Normally a Master’s degree with research in the relevant field will be required for admission to this programme. Where an applicant is judged to have any deficiency, this may be remedied by requiring the applicant to make up as appropriate either by course work or mini-project or both.

How Programme Is Assessed

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: quizzes/interim/mid-semester tests, and project works completed throughout the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between universities, subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Most degree projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation during your final year of study.

Where This Degree Will Take You?

Once a graduate you could go on to work in one of the following roles:

  • Broadcast Journalist 
  • Editorial Assistant 
  • Magazine Features Editor 
  • Book Publisher 
  • Broadcast News Analyst 
  • Columnists 
  • Editor 
  • Fashion Journalist 
  • Free Lance Writer 
  • Journalist/News reporter
  • Fashion Photographer
  • TV Correspondent
  • Producer
  • Radio Jockey/ RJ
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Content Writer

Please remember that many employers accept applications from graduates of any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

 

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