Data Communications

University of Limerick

Data Communications

In today's fast-paced media landscape, data is everywhere, leading to the gathering of enormous amounts of data about the world around us in areas as diverse as health, politics, business, education, sport, and the environment. Current National Data Strategies in Ireland and the UK highlight how this increasingly data-first approach has implications not only for experts with advanced analytical skills but for those communicating this information. Having relevant data literacy skills to operate and thrive in 'data-rich' environments is now a much sought-after skill. Professional communicators have a critical role to play in this environment because they act as conduits between those making evidence-based decisions informed by data to a wide range of external audiences. Interpretation of these datasets drives decision-making in the commercial and public sectors, shaping policy and contributing to the delivery of products and services. Being able to communicate that data accurately and effectively as a media professional is emerging as an essential skill.

Our Professional Diploma in Data Communications programme will enhance your ability to understand and communicate data-driven information. Whether you're a journalist, editor, PR specialist, marketer, content creator, or another type of media professional, you will need to know how to correctly analyse and interpret data and then present it in a way that engages your audience.

You'll learn how to use data accurately to tell compelling stories, and you'll learn how to analyse data to uncover important insights and trends, which you can then use to inform your work. But that's not all. By taking our Data Communications programme, you'll also gain a range of other benefits. You'll be cross-skilled in data analysis, a highly valued skill in today's job market. You'll also become more confident in your ability to communicate complex data, making you a more effective communicator overall.

UL@Work programmes are co-designed with industry to ensure skills transfers are industry-responsive for current and future needs. Our programmes are developed for working professionals and are designed to be flexible and accessible. You can take it online and from anywhere worldwide.

This Professional Diploma in Data Communications will elevate your professional ability to understand and communicate data-driven information.

Award: Professional Diploma
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
EL5023 Information Design
MN5141 Future Focused Professional Portfolio 1
JM6102 Introduction to Data Communications

Spring Semester
MN5152 Future Focused Professional Portfolio 2
MA5021 Data Analytics with R
JM6103 Advanced Data Storytelling

Content has been selected following a review of best practices in communications skillsets. This new programme will include practical exercises and case studies to help apply the learnings in real-world scenarios. It will incorporate a problem-based learning (PBL) approach across all modules, both individually and group-based. Group-based processes will allow for closer collaboration and stronger networking opportunities among online learners.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold a primary honours degree in a related discipline, (minimum H2.2), or equivalent and have at least 3 years of relevant industry experience.

Alternative Entry Route:

In accordance with the University's policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning, candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be considered.

Application dates

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 17, 2023

What to Include with your Application

Qualification transcripts and certificates

A copy of your birth certificate or passport

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice. If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
AND English language competency certificate


This programme starts in September 2023 and finishes in May 2024. It is part-time and delivered online.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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