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The Graduate Diploma/MA in Journalism aims to equip graduates with the high-level research skills essential to all kinds of journalism, a solid appreciation of the ethical and legal issues in the profession and a critical understanding of how the media operates. Students will also gain practical experience of what it feels like to work as a journalist by completing assignments to deadline while on the course.

Entry requirements

Taught Programmes (Graduate Diploma or Masters)

The requirements below are the minimum entry requirements set by the University. Each taught postgraduate programme has particular entry requirements therefore applicants should consult the individual programme entries for further details.

Applicants to a Taught Programme (minimum entry requiments)

Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.


1 Year Full-Time (GDJOURTFAD) Or 2 Years Part-Time (GDJOURTPAD).

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Henry Silke
Tel: +353 (0) 61 233670

Subjects taught

Programme Content

At Graduate Diploma level, full-time students will take the following modules:

Autumn Semester
• Journalistic Writing for News
• Professional Skills for Journalism and Team Project
• Introduction to Broadcasting and Media Law

Spring Semester
• Advanced Journalistic Writing (News and Features)
• Investigating Current Issues in Irish Journalism
• Researching Media
• Broadcasting and Multimedia Journalism Students who have satisfactorily completed all modules on the Graduate Diploma, can proceed to MA level by undertaking a supervised dissertation, which includes an individual journalism project in broadcast or print and an academic research project.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

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