The Masters in Journalism provides wide-ranging training and education for those interested in the profession of journalism and related fields. It balances practical, theoretical, technical and analytical elements to address the changing media environment and the new, and increasingly diverse, demands being made on entrants to journalism. Upon completion you will have the in-depth knowledge and aptitude to pursue a successful journalism career.

To train people to be critical journalists across evolving media platforms.

To equip you with the skills necessary to sustain serious journalism that engages successfully with a broad range of readers and audiences, in print, online and across the airwaves.

The longest-established Masters in Journalism programme in Ireland.

Very experienced and highly versatile lecturers.

A broad mix of professional and intellectual training.

A programme that has excellent working-relationships with media organisations, ensuring relevancy and up-to-the-minute content .

An optimistic vision of the continuing need for serious journalism across all media platforms.

A programme that has been producing excellent national and international journalists for over 30 years.

Candidates should note that entry to the programme is competitive. Places will be offered on a a first-come first-served basis via Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website (

In order to maintain the strict fairness of the process, canvassing is forbidden and will result in disqualification of the candidate.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements
Up to 25 places are offered at each annual intake to the programme. To be considered for admission, applicants must have, at minimum, a second class honours degree [2.2] (or demonstrate, on the basis of results to date, a reasonable expectation of fulfilling this requirement before entry to the programme). Places also may be made available for candidates who have relevant professional experience.

Application Process
As part of their on line application, candidates should upload ONE ARTICLE of circa 500 words of their own composition, on a subject and in a genre of their choice, written for a specific publication. The article may be published or unpublished.

If the article has been published, state when and in which publication. Otherwise, indicate the outlet for which you think your submission would be best suited. Applications which include more than one sample article will be disqualified.

A personal statement of not more than 250 words, outlining why you want to study on this programme, should also be attached to your online PAC application.

Assessment by Interview
Candidates should note that entry to the programme is competitive, and the selection process includes shortlisting of candidates for interview on dates designated by the University. Shortlisted candidates book their interview date and time through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website ( Interview slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. It is not possible to accommodate other interview dates.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. Some candidates may be asked to complete an additional English language course prior to being offered a place.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this programme work in a wide range of areas, including mainstream journalism, organisational representation and lobbying.

Further enquiries

Mr Paul McNamara
t: +353 (01) 7005202

Application date

By 31st July 2018

Enrolment and start dates

Intake September 2018

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