Journalism MA - incorporating MAJ Sport - News Pathway

Key programme benefits to future students
Our innovative and cutting edge TV and radio news days and newspaper production projects facilitate the creation of multi-platform content as part of module assessments, experiencing what it feels like working to real deadlines on real stories, while building a portfolio of work

We help you to develop a critical awareness of the societal role of journalism and the broader institutional, organizational and political economic challenges facing the media.

Our practical, innovative approach to teaching and assessments, as well as superb networking opportunities through our adjunct professors and visiting lecturers, help ensure you are ‘job-ready’ after graduation.

Key Fact: We guarantee a work placement opportunity for all students in one of our partner media organisations around the country.

Subjects taught

Journalism - News Pathway
Autumn Modules
• Journalistic Writing for News
• Professional Skills for Journalism and Team Project
• Introduction to radio journalism
• Media Law

Spring Modules
• Advanced Journalistic Writing
• Investigating Current Issues in Irish Journalism
• Researching Media
• Broadcasting and Multimedia Journalism

Summer Modules
• Supervised dissertation project

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MA should normally possess a primary degree in any discipline with at least Second Class Honours Grade 2 (Primary degree: Level 8 - QQI). Applicants should have a high standard of written English. No previous experience in journalism is necessary. However, applicants who have had articles published, or experience in broadcasting should include this in the application.

What to Upload with your Application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
A copy of your birth certificate or passport
Supporting statement
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
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, blended.

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Graduate careers
A Journalism MA degree from UL will fully prepare you for life in a fast-paced digital newsroom. The bespoke MA in Journalism, News and MA in Journalism, Sport pathways ensure graduates have the skillsets required to do journalism, as well as being able to pursue careers in related fields such as communications, public relations, marketing and content creation.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Full time,Part time

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