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Christian Communication & Development

The Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Communication and Development is awarded on the successful completion of one year’s full-time study.

The aims and objectives of the course are:
• To provide the individual with a broad education and training in communications theory

• To provide practical training in the areas of radio and television production

• To examine the role of communications in international development

• To analyse Church documents on Communications.

Students are trained by media professionals in the management and technical aspects of media production so that they will carry from the course immediately usable technical skills.

In addition, they are introduced to theoretical and practical perspectives, which will equip them with the conceptual tools and the framework of knowledge to develop a critical understanding of the context of media, their operations and their applications.

Entry requirements

A student requires a primary degree or equivalent qualification, or a suitable professional qualification with experience in the field of communication and / or development as determined by the admissions board.


1 year

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office
Pontifical University
Saint Patrick’s College
County Kildare, Ireland
Ireland: (01) 708 4772 / 3600 / 3892
International: +353-1-708-4772 / 708-3600 / 708-3892
Fax Ireland: (01) 7083441
Fax International: +353-1-708 3441

Subjects taught

Programme of Study:
The course involves both lectures and project-work and comprises the following areas:

•Communication Theory
•Communications and Development
•Church and Communication
•The Political Economy of Mass Media.


Course Director: Ms Anne O’Brien, MA.

This course is offered and run by Kairos Communications.

Assessment method

The assessment is continuous and is designed to facilitate learning in both knowledge and skills areas and to provide independent validation of standards achieved appropriate to the course objectives and in line with national and international norms. It normally consists of the following:

•continuous project work: each student must successfully complete major projects in the fields of audio and video editing, radio and video production.

•Semester papers: each student must successfully complete two semester papers

•Semesterised written examinations.

Application date

Application is made directly to Kairos Communications.

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