The Discipline of Journalism and Communication

The study of journalism and communication at NUI Galway combines both a high level of dedication to practice as well as research-lead teaching. Our graduates work in the media and creative industries across a range of areas in Ireland, the UK, Europe and globally.

Galway is a city at the heart of Ireland’s creative and cultural sector. It will host the European Capital of Culture 2020 and the Discipline of Journalism and Communication will be making key contributions to Galway’s celebration of events during the next year.

Our programmes are built on strong links between the University and with industry, offering students the unique opportunity to collaborate with top industry professionals in a world-renowned University environment.

Our graduates include RTÉ's Gaelic Games correspondent Marty Morrissey, journalists Pat McGrath and Ailbhe Conneely and television personality Grainne Seoige

Our ethos

In our teaching, research and other activities, we hold the following values:

  • We believe that journalism is important: We engage in practice, research and teaching that aims to have a measurable impact on the lives of people and society. Often, this work will explicitly relate to matters of social justice, defence of human rights and minorities, holding power to account, and defending democracy. We believe that journalism has an inherent value that enriches communities, societies, and democracy and we defend the right to a free press.
  • We believe that our students are important: Our teaching is inspired by the belief that our graduates will make societal impact through their work. We want to inspire our students to excel and to reach their personal best during your time with us.
  • We are committed to core principles of truth, accuracy, fairness, impartiality, and accountability in our journalism.
  • Theory and practice should always inform each other: We believe that you can most effectively understand practice through an immersion in the history and theory of that practice, alongside excellence in the production of journalism across multiple platforms. Our staff are committed to producing research that aims to create new knowledge and to make a deep impact on the world.
  • The values of mutual respect, collegiality, and teamwork inform our teaching and our class activities. Individual rigour, excellence and creativity are also encouraged and valued.