Journalism & International Affairs

MA Journalism and International Affairs
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The CNN Academy UCD Clinton Institute MA in Journalism and International Affairs is a one-year programme that combines practical training in audio, video, digital, and social storytelling with academic expertise in international affairs.

In today's media ecosystem, journalists need to be able to produce engaging content for a savvy digital-first audience while understanding the structures and dynamics that shape global issues and relations.

This is the first English-language Masters programme CNN has co-designed in collaboration with a university partner, combining journalistic and academic excellence in an innovative curriculum that is challenging and employment-orientated.

The programme will equip new generations of journalists to report on critical global issues of the day, from climate change, to human rights to terrorism. It will appeal to and reward those with a passion to not only understand the world but explain it in ways that are informative and transformative.

The MA will combine theoretical discussion with experiential learning to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of international news media and the skills to undertake leading roles in that environment.

The syllabus is co-created and delivered by CNN Academy and UCD Clinton Institute, connecting the classroom to the newsroom, affording direct collaboration with the news industry and access to best practices in cross-platform journalism and news production.

Throughout the programme, students will learn about approaches to storytelling, international standards and ethics in journalism, and verification techniques. Each week, students will tackle key subject areas through modules at the Clinton Institute that draw on the CNN Academy Hub e-learning platform. CNN journalists, editors and producers will participate via live interactive seminars and also provide hands-on audio, video and digital production training at UCD Clinton Institute to equip the students with the tools they need to tangibly apply the media lessons they are learning.

Students will produce a podcast episode at the end of the first trimester and a video story at the end of the second trimester. Moreover, students will have the option of submitting their MA thesis in the format of multiplatform journalism with guidance from CNN journalists.

Students will also work through recent case studies from CNN reports that illustrate the ideas that have been discussed in seminars, and will have access to CNN's Newsource platform where they will find the latest reports from across the CNN network.

Who should apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Applicants do not need to have prior experience in journalism to enrol in this MA. It provides an education and training programme for aspiring journalists while also being suitable for those seeking continuing professional development or career change. The MA will enhance career pathways, principally in the international news industry and also in sectors that value knowledge of international communications, including development, diplomacy and foreign service, activism and advocacy.

Subjects taught

The programme is composed of 90 credits, made up of core, options


The CNN Newsroom 1

The CNN Newsroom 2

Journalism and International Affairs

Research Skills and methods

Thesis or multi media thesis.


Politics and Digital Storytelling

Public Diplomacy and Soft Power

Global Politics of Cyber Security

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) in a relevant subject area with a minimum upper second class honours UCD GPA of 3.08 or the international equivalent is required

Applicants without the above degree qualification with extensive work experience in a relevant sector will be considered on a case by case.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MA Journalism & International Affairs FT (Z365)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MA Journalism & International Affairs FT (Z369)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time

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


1 year full-time Blended
2 Years Part Time

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime,Blended

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