Journalism & Digital Content Creation - Cork Campus

This innovative MA programme produces graduates who can demonstrate essential skills in the fast-moving environment that is modern Journalism and Digital Content Creation. Graduates will acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies that will equip them to work as professionals in the communications industry with a solid grounding in the tools and practices of journalism and digital content creation.

The programme is a well-rounded, professional programme that prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the media/communications industry. It stresses a balance of academic and practical modules in print, broadcast, and digital content creation.

The programme has been modified to include a focus on marketing, advertising and general communications, and students will complete a mentorship programme in semester 3. Each student will work with a mentor who is highly experienced in the communications industry. This can also involve short placements in media/communications organisations.

This will enhance the skill set of students and open the door to a wider range of jobs and careers for them. The lecturing staff also plans to enhance the programme even further by adding data analytics and focusing more on live content creation, which will include desktop publishing skills and involve the department's international student documentary film festival, 'Story?'

There is a strong connection with industry, even as they learn, our students are producing work that is published in the national media. We're equipping our students with all the skills that are requirements for today's digital journalists and content creators: shooting and editing video, creating audio and podcasts, using social media, developing an online presence, and strong connections with industry.

Subjects taught

Stage 1/Semester 1:
Audio Broadcasting
Writing for Media
Media History & Society
Research Methods and Practice
Multimedia Production
New Media Workplace

Stage 1/Semester 2:
Visual Broadcasting
Features and Web Writing
Media and Communications Law
New Media Production

Studio Technology
Free Choice Module
Creative Thinking and Design
Event and Project Management

Stage 1/Semester 3:
Journalism MA Project

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Entry requirements for this course will be in accordance with standard Institute admissions procedures. Entrants will be expected to hold minimum of a 2.2 honours degree.

Admission to the course will be on the basis of interview. Recognition of Prior Learning will be applicable for candidates entering from the workplace or applying for admission from other institutes.

Application dates

EU applicants: 28th September 2022
Non EU applicants: 31st May 2022

Admission to the Master of Arts in Journalism and Digital Content Creation programme is based on a combination of an online application form and a short interview process.

Journalism, by necessity, requires that its practitioners produce clean, competent copy on deadline, often without the benefit of external editing or extensive rewriting. It is expected that students entering the course have mastered basic writing skills, including grammar, syntax and the ability to conceptualise and articulate ideas in writing. It is also expected that students possess the ability to write in English at a postgraduate level.

Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on the programme is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall programme fee. You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.

All applicants are required to include two written submissions with their application:

A personal statement of a maximum of 800 words where applicants outline their suitability for the programme.

Applicants should upload ONE WRITTEN ARTICLE of around 500 words, which they have written themselves, on a subject and in a genre of their choice and written for a specific publication. The article may be published or unpublished.

If the article has been published, say when and in which publication. Otherwise, indicate the outlet for which you think your submission would be best suited.




This is a full-time programme which can be studied part-time, over two years.


EU applicants €5,000
Non EU Applicants - e-mail for details

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

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Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

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Failure to pay fees on time will result in a late payment fee of 10% being applied and students will no longer have access to IT Facilities.

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• For Semesterised courses, students pay for the relevant modules at the beginning of each semester. Payment of fees by laser, debit or credit card can be made online at or by phoning +353 21 433 5440.

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Please note that the Fees Office will use your CIT email account for important communications.

Withdrawing from a course
Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail

Refund Policy
All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

Enrolment dates

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Further Studies: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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