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Journalism

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

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma should normally possess a primary degree in any discipline with at least Second Class Honours Grade 2 (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants should have a high standard of written English. No previous experience in journalism is necessary. However, applicants who have had articles published, or experience in broadcasting should include this in the application. Non-native speakers of English should have achieved an IELTS score of 6.5 by the time of application.

What to Upload with your Application
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

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

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Henry Silke
Tel: +353 (0) 61 233670
Email: henry.silke@ul.ie
Web: www.ul.ie/llcc

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

To progress from the Graduate Diploma to the Masters course, students must achieve a second class honours grade two overall and complete a preparatory module for the MA project.

Having satisfactorily completed all modules on the Graduate Diploma, students on the Masters Programme will undertake an individual journalism project (6,000 words), critical analysis of the project (2,000 words) as well as an extended reflective essay (7,000 words).

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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