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TV & Radio Journalism

About the course
The programme was developed against the backdrop of a media and communications sector undergoing sustained systematic change and an industry in which television and radio content creators and broadcasters have to adapt to the challenges involved.

The course will be of interest to holders of primary degrees who intend to embark on a career within the fields of TV and radio journalism as well as people with prior learning in journalism and media related disciplines, or ancillary communications/research based employment who desire to specialise.

National Union of Journalists recognition of this programme entitles students to apply for an NUJ Press Card for the duration of their course.

Programme structure
The MA in TV and Radio Journalism consists of nine taught modules delivered during the academic year and a dissertation completed during the summer months. Learners have an average of 18 hours of contact per week, attending lectures, news days, labs and studio sessions.

Learners are also required to spend a significant amount of time outside of those contact hours engaging in self-guided study, development and practice.

The first semester of this programme is common taught with MA Journalism learners and provides an understanding of the workings of the media industry as well as developing specific skills in journalism. The second semester builds on this knowledge and contains broadcast journalism specialisms such as Video Journalism, Radio Documentary Research and Production and Radio, TV News and Current Affairs. Digital Journalism will equip learners with the skills required to produce news and features in a web context.

The Postgraduate Diploma in TV and Radio Journalism consists of these 9 mandatory modules and does not include a dissertation.

Entry requirements

A primary degree (2.2) and interview.

Candidates with relevant prior experiential learning may also apply and be considered for admission, subject to interview and submission of satisfactory evidential backup.


Full-Time 1 year, Part-Time 2 years.

Careers or further progression

This programme will equip learners with the skills to competently address the demands of a changing industry and to specialise in TV and Radio Journalism not just in the broadcast sector but the growing online news media sector.

Further enquiries

For Further Information
Please contact the Admissions Office
t: +353 1 415 0415

Subjects taught

Semester I
– Media Law and Ethics
– Research Methods
– Sociology of the Media
– Writing and Reporting

Semester II
– Communication and Audience Theories
– Radio Documentary Research and Production
– Radio and TV News and Current Affairs
– Digital Journalism
– Video Journalism

– Dissertation by writing or by practice


Validated by QQI.

Enrolment and start dates

Application can be made directly to the GCD Admissions Office or via the website

Applications for all direct entry programmes (undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time/evening time) must be made on the website and relevant* supporting documentation can be emailed to or posted to:

The Admissions Office,
Griffith College Dublin,
South Circular Road,
Dublin 8.

*All applications for direct entry to undergraduate programmes should include a copy of official Leaving Certificate results with the exception of mature applicants (who must supply evidence of date of birth).

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