2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Science | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Science



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:

Minimum of 216


Minimum 4.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 751663


Media organisations are frequently looking for journalists who can offer specialist skills on top of a passion for, and commitment to, journalism. The Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Science is a degree combination that reflects the importance society places on scientific research. Often scientists struggle to present their findings in a way that members of the community can understand. This is where there are considerable openings for journalists who have a scientific background.

Students are able to work in a scientific environment, for a specialist publication or even a generalist media organisation. They will gain the skills to write about scientific discoveries that make them accessible and interesting to lay readers or viewers.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

A number of the course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Applied across two discipline areas, the outcomes are achieved at a broader and more comprehensive level.

The outcomes which are common and consolidated in this joint degree ensure that on successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and relevant technical and professional skills to produce disciplinary work;
  2. Critically and reflectively evaluate ideas and processes;
  3. Demonstrate technical and cognitive skills in locating and selecting relevant information for specialised use;
  4. Communicate effectively to a range of audiences.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of this degree, students must complete a minimum of 216 credit points comprised of the following:

  1. 96 credit points of core subjects for the Bachelor of Journalism;
  2. A major in the Bachelor of Science;
  3. Elective subjects to bring the total number of credit points completed to 216.

Students may be required to complete more than 216 credit points, depending on the Bachelor of Science major they choose to study.

Students must consult academic advisors in all relevant faculties concerning the selection of appropriate subjects.

No more than 90 credit points at 100 level can be counted towards the Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Science degree.

Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300 level subjects to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Science.


Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject.

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.


Students completing this degree will complete a major chosen from the Bachelor of Science.


Students can also take a minor study as part of their degree program provided they meet the requirements set. Minor studies consist of a minimum of 24 credit points, of which at least 12 credit points are completed at 200 level or higher.

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2018 General Schedule of Minors page.

Minors appear on the transcript (academic record), but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students must submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Students enrolled in this degree cannot complete a Journalism minor.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components 

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

This course contains a minimum of 70 hours of compulsory work-based placements. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

Students in the Bachelor of Journalism will complete this placement in the Journalism Internship subject, JRNL304, in their final year. This subject provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills acquired during their university subjects as an internship with a professional media organisation. Students will be required to work in the newsroom (or other suitable work environment). Students who obtain a position in a newsroom will be required to work under the direction of a chief of staff, news director or other nominated person. They will be expected to research, write and, where necessary, produce audio and video stories to deadline. This may be daily, weekly or monthly, depending on the publication/broadcast deadlines of the publication/program they are working for. Students who obtain work experience in a cognate field will be required to produce content (speeches, information packs, media releases, or other documents). Again, they will work under the direction of a nominated employee.


Honours is an additional year of study that provides training in independent research. Students who complete the double degree with the required academic standard are encouraged to proceed to the Bachelor of Science (Honours). Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Handbook for further information about this degree.

Other Information

The Faculty may impose quotas on subjects to ensure optimal class sizes.

Further information is available via email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 29 August, 2018