Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies

We operate from the purpose-built Africa Media Matrix on Rhodes University campus with seminar rooms, laboratories and studios housed with the building.

CueMedia is a School journalism project involving daily online news, radio and television programming which runs (funding permitting) during the annual National Arts Festival.

Courses Offered At Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies

We offer six qualifications:

  • a BA majoring in Journalism and Media Studies (three-year major)
  • a Bachelor of Journalism (four-year degree)
  • three types of post-graduate diploma (in Journalism and Media Studies, in Media Management and in Economics Journalism)
  • an honours degree
  • two types of Masters degree (one in theory course work plus thesis, another in coursework plus practice-based thesis), and
  • a doctorate

Detail About How To Apply

When you apply for admission to the University you are admitted to a particular Faculty of the University and this is determined by the degree for which you wish to read. Your first step in applying for admission to the University is to decide which degree you wish to take. Refer to the Curriculum Selection section and the Faculty information to see which degrees are offered

Your application will only be considered for admission to the University if you qualify for Bachelor’s degree study AND you satisfy the faculty requirements. To qualify for with a Bachelor’s pass status, learners are required to take seven subjects, four of which are compulsory (two languages, Life Orientation and either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy) and three of the learner’s own choice from the subjects on offer at the school.

There are postgraduate degrees and diplomas offered to students who have completed a first degree. These include:

  • Honours in journalism and media studies
  • Post graduate diploma in Journalism and Media Studies
  • Post graduate diploma in media management
  • Post graduate diploma in economic journalism
  • Masters in journalism and media studies
  • PHD in journalism and media studies


Vist the Rhodes Postgraduate Gateway for applications forms and more information.

Entry Requirements

Your application will only be considered for admission to the University if you qualify for Bachelor’s degree study AND you satisfy the faculty requirements. To qualify for with a Bachelor’s pass status, learners are required to take seven subjects, four of which are compulsory (two languages, Life Orientation and either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy) and three of the learner’s own choice from the subjects on offer at the school.

To qualify for degree studies at Rhodes University, learners must pass:  

English language at an achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59%) or above.

At least four of the seven subjects must be from the list of recommended subject list set out below and sutdents must have obtained an achievement rating of 4 (50 – 59%) or above.

Meet Faculty requirements:  subject requirements and percentage required.

Fees Structure For Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies

Payment of Fees (Fees will available mid December)

General Fee Information (only available in December)

The full schedule of all the fees and charges for can be found under Fees and Financial Aid:

 Below you will find general fees that you can expect to pay when applying to Rhodes University.

Application Fees

The closing date for applications from all new students for admission to the University is 30 September. This is also the official deadline for foreign applicants.

Initial applications for admission must be accompanied by a non refund¬able application fee of R100 for all applicants. Late applications will be considered.

No applications from foreign students can be considered after 30 September.

Tuition Fees (estimate)

R32 120 to R55 770 (this varies from degree to degree)

Allow approximately R6 050 for books and stationery.

Note: that these fees shown do NOT include travel expenses or pocket money.

Residence Fees

R57 200 to R60 060 (this includes all meals but excludes vacations)
The residence fees also depend on the grade of accommodation chosen.

Acceptance Fees

Tuition Acceptance Fee

This deposit is payable on acceptance of an academic place at the University.
Fee payable is R800.

This deposit must be paid by a date specified in the letter of acceptance.

The deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited should the student choose
not to register at the University.

Residence Acceptance Fee

On acceptance of a place at the University, a R1 000.00 residence deposit must be paid
before a student is allocated to residence

This deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited to the University should the student fail to register and into residence for at least one term

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