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The Graduate Diploma/MA in Journalism is a one year full-time, or a two year part-time programme. The course teaches professional skills vital to all journalists entering the ever changing multimedia work place. These skills include: news and feature writing; broadcasting; multimedia journalism; interviewing; investigative reporting and research methods. The application of these professional skills to print, broadcasting and multimedia journalism, will be a major part of the course. The students will also examine the role of journalism in society and study media law. They will get an opportunity to hear leading Irish and international media commentators discuss current affairs. Students who complete this course will have developed excellent oral and written communication skills; they will have good research and editing skills and will be able to manage their time efficiently to meet deadlines. These students will also have developed a great awareness of the role of the journalist and the media in society and be critical consumers of the media. Graduates of this course will be trained to work as journalists and researchers in the multimedia world.

The course aims to:
- equip graduates with the high-level research skills essential to all kinds of journalism,

- provide students with a solid appreciation of the ethical and legal issues in the profession and a critical understanding of how the media operates,

- provide students with practical experience of what it feels like to work as a journalist by completing assignments to deadline while on the course.

Entry requirements

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
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
• 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.


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

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
- Reporting in print, broadcasting and multimedia
- Writing for web-based media organisations
- Feature writing and investigative reporting in a variety of media
- Public Relations

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Fergal Quinn
Tel: +353 (0) 61 233670

Subjects taught

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

Semester 1
- Journalistic Writing for News,
- Professional Skills for Journalism and Team Project;
- Introduction to Broadcasting and Media Law.

Semester 2
- Advanced Journalistic Writing (News and Features);
- Investigating Current Issues in Irish Journalism;
- Researching Media; and
- Broadcasting and Multimedia Journalism

The Graduate Diploma will also be available Part-Time over two years. Students on the Graduate Diploma/ MA in Journalism will be strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of four weeks work experience during the course.

Master of Arts in 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).


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.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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