Communication & Media

The MSc in Communication & Media is designed for students who wish to explore a wide range of contemporary issues in media and communication studies in depth. It offers a broad interdisciplinary foundation in theory and practices in relation to communication content and audience reception, processes of mediation and influence, regulation and power, political economy, ethics, digital platforms and human-computer interaction.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research Theory and PracticeIS40820
Media & SocietyIS40860
Communication TheoryIS40880

Stage 1 - Option
Human Computer InteractionCOMP41710
People, Information & Communication: Our Information BehaviourIS40030
Digital Curation:Core ConceptsIS40630
Research MethodsIS40640
Quantitative Data AnalysisIS40730
Data & SocietyIS40840
Topics in Digital Media & CommIS40870
Project ManagementIS40890
Digital PolicyIS40910
Media Production CulturesIS40950
Digital Policy IIIS40960
AI & EthicsIS40970
Information EthicsIS41020
Media Management ProjectIS41170
Media Law & PolicyIS41190
Platform GovernanceIS41210
Creative & Interactive MediaIS41230
Media & Communication ThesisIS41300
Social Networks Online and OffIS41510
UXD: User-Centered DesignIS41520
Digital Media LiteracyIS41550

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have an upper second-class honours degree (NFQ Level 8) or international equivalent. Those whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

This new programme is intended for applicants with an undergraduate degree in any discipline and with an interest in pursuing postgraduate studies in communication and media. The MSc in Communication & Media is designed to complement and expand existing programmes and research expertise at the School of Information & Communication studies. It is the first postgraduate degree in this field in Ireland to be offered from an Information school perspective.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Communication & Media FT (W440)
Duration 1 Years Attend Full Time Deadline Rolling*

MSc Communication & Media PT (W441)
Duration 2 Years Attend Part Time Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time.


MSc Communication & Media (W440) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7920
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MSc Communication & Media (W441) Part Time
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
This new MSc degree aims to produce future professionals with a deep understanding of the communication and media landscape. On graduating, our students will be able to embark on a variety of careers in Ireland and abroad, whether in the digital media industries, in communication regulation and policy or in media design, management and research, both in the public and private sectors. This programme will also provide an ideal foundation for applicants with an interest in pursuing further postgraduate research towards a PhD at UCD School of Information & Communication Studies or at another location.

The programme's structure across different suggested tracks will allow students to develop specialised knowledge in communication and media studies for a specific setting. All tracks include 60 credits of core modules that cover basic knowledge and skills (with a thesis or media project option), with a further 30 credits of elective modules according to track choice. Students will gain an international perspective from lectures and seminars as well as guest talks, combining professional industry and research experience with strong theoretical foundations.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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