Bachelor of Journalism

A communications-focused double major degree for the digital age

The Journalism and Media Studies Centre seeks intellectually curious students with a passion for learning. If you are keen to question, to explore and to be challenged, we welcome your application.

Eliot Hall on The University of Hong Kong campus

We began as a graduate-level programme in 1998 and later added a Bachelor of Journalism (BJ) programme. At the undergraduate level, we offer 38 courses on topics including news reporting and writing for all forms of traditional and new media, media law and ethics, and journalism history and traditions from regional and global perspectives. The curriculum includes a strong element of instruction in digital media, which is changing the nature of journalism. Special courses are also available, including Independent Study and Chinese News Writing.

Journalists should have a broad education, so we require Bachelor of Journalism students to acquire a second major. We also require students to participate in internship programmes. These requirements, along with exchange programmes with leading universities in the US, Europe, Asia and elsewhere, as well as other special programmes and seminars held throughout the year, help us equip our students with the abilities they need to become the next generation of leaders in the rapidly changing field of journalism.

Curriculum structure

Why seek a Bachelor of Journalism degree at HKU?

  • The University of Hong Kong is a world-class university located on the doorstep of China in the heart of Asia, one of the world’s most vibrant regions.
  • The university offers English-language instruction in a multicultural environment.
  • The Journalism and Media Studies Centre boasts a faculty of distinguished international journalists and educators.
  • The course leads to a dual-major, communications-focused degree that is highly valued by employers.
  • The course includes integrated training in print, broadcast and online media.
  • The programme features small, skills-oriented classes and personal career guidance.
  • HKU offers exchange programmes with universities in the US, Europe and elsewhere.

Download the Bachelor of Journalism programme brochure (PDF)

For admissions information, please contact:

Admissions Office
G14, Ground Floor, Main Building
The University of Hong Kong
Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3917 5886
Email: admissions@hku.hk
Website: https://aal.hku.hk/admissions/

For further information about the course, please contact: 

Wylie Cheung, Programme Manager, Bachelor of Journalism programme
Journalism and Media Studies Centre
Eliot Hall, The University of Hong Kong
Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3917 1156
Fax: +852 2858 8736
Email: jmscbj@hku.hk

Internships

The Journalism and Media Studies Centre requires students to earn academic credits by working in a media internship during their course of study. Over the years, this has led to an internship network with dozens of local, regional and international media partners, which has enabled our students to gain valuable on-the-job experience. In some cases, the internships have led to full-time jobs.

For details, please visit here.

Our internship partners include:

Overseas media: Agence France-Presse (Seoul/Tokyo), NBC (London), Malaysiakini.com (Kuala Lumpur), Rappler (Manila), ABC Fact Check (Melbourne), Nepali Times (Kathmandu), Al Jazeera (Kuala Lumpur), Frontier Myanmar and Mizzima (Yangon), The News Lens (Taipei).

Local English and international media: Cable News Network (CNN), Agence France-Presse (AFP), Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Associated Press (AP), South China Morning PostTIMEThe Standard, Hong Kong Cable Television Limited (HKIBC), China DailyCoconuts Hong Kong, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), Nikkei Asian ReviewThe EconomistForbes AsiaFinancial TimesQuartz.

Local Chinese media: NOW TV, Hong Kong Cable Television Limited (iCable News Channel), Commercial Radio, Ming Pao, Phoenix TV, Initium MediaCitizen NewsHK01.

Mainland China media: Caixin (Beijing), Sixth Tone (Shanghai), China Daily (Beijing), Southern Weekend (Guangzhou), Shenzhen News (Shenzhen)

Scholarships

Subject to availability, scholarships may be provided for:
International exchanges
Students placed in international exchanges can apply for financial assistance from the JMSC Student Exchange Scholarships. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement and extra-curricular participation.

Local and international internships
Students placed in unpaid or minimally paid local and international internships can apply for financial assistance from the JMSC Media Internship Fund. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement and extra-curricular participation.

International student exchange

The Journalism and Media Studies Centre provides opportunities to learn beyond the classroom by emphasising social and intellectual interaction and encouraging students to ‘think global’. In our exchange programme, students can apply for semester- or year-long exchange programmes at top journalism schools, including

Through a separately run HKU programme, students also can apply for exchange opportunities at more than 100 other universities around the world.

For details, please visit here.

Career opportunities

Graduates of our programme have gone on to successful careers in print, television, radio and online media. Some are seeking post-graduate degrees and others are pursuing careers in fields such as banking, business and government service. A journalism education from our Centre prepares students for different careers by emphasising analytical and communication skills that are valued by employers in all fields.