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Your course
This MA programme aims to provide you with the practical, analytical and theoretical skills necessary for professional journalism. You will be based for the year at the University's dedicated Journalism Suite.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Applicants must have a Second Class Honours degree or higher. An essential part of the application process is the submission, through PAC, of at least one journalistic article (700 words minimum), which may or may not have been published, and also a personal statement (c. 300 words) of your reasons for pursuing journalism. If you have had other work published, you may include samples as further support for your application.


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time; 2 years, part-time - MA Journalism for Practitioners.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates of the programme work as journalists, reporters, TV presenters, researchers and editors in print, broadcasting and new media in Ireland and abroad. Some move on from journalism to pursue careers in public relations, marketing, public advocacy and law. You may also choose to progress your studies in the area at PhD level.

Further enquiries

Dr Andrew Ó Baoill
T: +353 91 494 480

Subjects taught

Core modules include News Writing and Reporting; Features Journalism; Broadcast Journalism (Radio); Media Ethics; Media Law; Work Placement; Dissertation. Optional modules include Data Journalism; Contemporary Publishing; Cultural Journalism and Reviewing; Digital Play and Practice; Political Reporting.


MA Journalism, full-time or part-time; MA Journalism for Practitioners, part-time.

1. Practical: This is a practicebased programme, which aims to familiarise you with, and give you day-to-day experience in, journalism as it currently operates. The programme also aims to orientate you towards ongoing and future developments in a rapidly changing professional field.

2. Newsroom: Based in our dedicated Journalism Suite, the class size is limited, allowing for close workshop-based engagement and learning support.

3. Award-winning: Graduates of the programme feature regularly in national media awards.

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