MA Journalism—video

MA Journalism—video
Journalism at NUI Galway

Course Overview

The MA Journalism at NUI Galway is an innovative, digital-first journalism programme focusing on key multimedia skills needed to work in the new media era. The programme aims to train journalists to work in the fast-paced world of journalism, equipping graduates with essential training in traditional reporting skills for print/online and broadcast, as well as new media training in social media, audience development and analytics, data journalism, ‘MoJo’, multimedia, social video, podcasting and verification.

NUI Galway has a long tradition of journalism training and all journalism students are required to undertake a rigorous programme of news writing and reporting, broadcasting, media law, politics, economics and current affairs, ethics and regulation, and can choose from a suite of optional elective modules to give them specialist knowledge in niche areas. These elective modules include Features Journalism, Data and Visualisation, Business and Financial Journalism, or Investigating Miscarriages of Justice.

Journalism classes take place in the digital newsroom and broadcast studios, completely refurbished in 2019. NUI Galway has partnerships with all major national media organisations and all students are guaranteed a six-eight week work placement as part of their studies, in semester three (circa May/June).

NEW for 2022

International Journalism and Human Rights stream
This new stream within our MA Journalism programme is aimed at students interested in a career as a foreign correspondent, and those passionate about human rights. If you take this stream you will follow the same structure as the MA Journalism but will have additional options in international news – including guest sessions from leading journalists such as Honorary Professor Orla Guerin of BBC News. You will also be able to undertake modules taught by the Irish Centre for Human Rights, including human rights law, peace operations, and climate justice. 

NEW for 2022

Global Business and Financial Journalism stream
This new specialised stream of our MA Journalism programme is ideally suited for students interested in an international career reporting on the global economy. If you choose this stream you will specialise in economic reporting and take a deep dive into covering areas such as personal finance and consumer affairs, banking, company reporting, and the markets including currencies, equities, bonds and commodities. You will also have an opportunity to undertake the Bloomberg BMC certification.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.


Applications and Selections

Application is via an online application and competitive interview. To apply, click here. You’ll need to supply the following supporting documents to apply:

  • A copy of your academic transcript (if you are in the final year of your degree, you can supply a copy of your results to date)
  • Your CV
  • A personal statement of 500 words outlining your interest in, and suitability for, the programme
  • A sample of your work, for example student radio or previously published news articles. If you don’t have anything published you can write a 300 word news story and submit that.
  • The names of two referees (we do not require written references, we will contact your referees if we need them) 

To see full details of documentation for this course, please visit Supporting Documents website.

Who Teaches this Course

  • Professor Sean O’Rourke, Adjunct Professor of Journalism and former RTÉ broadcaster
  • Professor Conor Brady, Adjunct Professor, former Editor, The Irish Times and former Garda Ombudsman
  • Professor Orla Guerin, Honorary Professor of International Journalism and BBC International Correspondent
  • Conall Ó Fátharta, lecturer in news and investigative journalism and former senior news reporter with the Irish Examiner
  • Fiona McGarry, lecturer in radio journalism and radio producer
  • Tom Felle, Head of Journalism and former Irish Independent correspondent
  • Dr Uinsionn Mac Dubhghaill, lecturer in Journalism
  • Kelly Fincham, Lecturer in Social Media

Students also attend regular lectures, workshops and news days with working professionals from a range of backgrounds.

Requirements and Assessment

All modules involve continuous assessment, regular assignments, project work, presentations and portfolio development. Media Law also involves a formal exam during the exam period at the end of Semester One. Following Semester Two, you will complete a professional work placement and either a final journalism project or dissertation during Semester three (summer).

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

To be accepted you must have a minimum 2.1 Honours degree in any discipline, or be in your final year of study and expecting to graduate Summer 2022. We also welcome applications from people with prior experience in journalism looking to update their skills.

The English language requirement for this programme is: IELTS of 7.0 overall with not less than 6.0 in any component.

Additionally, students interested in the International Journalism and Human Rights stream must be able to demonstrate competence in a language other than English or Irish.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time or 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Applications will be considered in two rounds. Round 1 closing date—30 April 2022. Round 2 closing date—31 July 2022 

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

1AJ1 (full-time) | 1AJ2 (part-time)

Course Outline

This one-year programme is split into three semesters, with a mix of practical class, theory and context. Students have a busy week with taught classes as well as reporting assignments and independent study. In semester one students work on news reporting practice for print, online and broadcasting in ‘Journalism Bootcamp’. Key ethical and regulatory issues are explored in ‘Global Media and Society’. In Semester Two students work on hyperlocal website Galway Pulse, a local newspaper and produce a drivetime radio show in ‘Multimedia Newsdays’. Students can also choose from a range of elective modules.

Semester One


  • Journalism Bootcamp (10 credits)
  • Reporting Economics and Politics (10 credits)
  • Global Media and Society (5 credits)
  • Social and Digital Production (5 credits)


Semester Two


  • Multimedia Newsdays (10 credits)
  • Media Law (5 credits)
  • Researching the Media (5 credits) 


Choose 10 credits from the following elective modules


  • Features Journalism (10 credits)
  • Investigating Miscarriages of Justice (10 credits)
  • Business and Financial Journalism (10 credits)
  • Data Journalism and Visualisation (10 credits)


Additionally, students who choose the International Journalism and Human Rights stream have the following outline, including modules in Human Rights, and ‘Being a Foreign Correspondent’:

Semester One


  • Journalism Bootcamp (10 credits)
  • International Human Rights Law (10 credits)
  • Global Media and Society (5 credits)
  • Social and Digital Production (5 credits) 


Semester Two

  • Being a Foreign Correspondent (10 credits)
  • Researching the Media (5 credits) 

Choose 10 credits from the following elective modules

  • Investigating Miscarriages of Justice (10 credits)
  • Data Journalism and Visualisation (10 credits)
  • International Peace Operations (10 credits)
  • Climate Justice (5 credits)
  • Media Law (5 credits)

Students who choose the Global Business and Financial Journalism stream have the following outline, including modules in business and financial journalism:

Semester One

  • Journalism Bootcamp (10 credits)
  • Reporting Economics and Politics (10 credits)
  • Global Media and Society (5 credits)

 Semester Two

  • Multimedia Newsdays (10 credits)
  • Business and Financial Journalism (10 credits)
  • Data Journalism and Visualisation (10 credits)

Choose between:

  • Researching the Media (5 credits)
  • Social and Digital Production (5 credits)
  • Media Law (5 credits)
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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This programme prepares you to work as a professional journalist across multiple platforms and graduates have careers at national news organisations including RTE, Newstalk, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent and a range of local newspapers and local radio. Graduates work in roles including reporters, editors, researchers, producers and on-air presenters as well as new careers in data journalism and analytics, social media production and audience development. Graduates also work in the wider media in PR roles, in policy, advocacy and political communications. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€9,000 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€8,860 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€17,500 p.a. 2021/22

Find out More


Amy Blaney |   Intern, Irish Independent

After I graduated with a BA (Joint-Honours) in Irish and History at NUIG, I decided embark on the MA (Journalism) at NUIG. The practical nature of the course really appealed to me & it challenged me to work both independently, & as part of a team, to deliver weekly work across print, radio, TV & online to build a strong multimedia portfolio. There was a great mix of highly experienced journalists teaching on the course that brought their passion, skills and advice, & this really made it enjoyable for students. The journalism facilities in NUIG were great, eg, 4K TV studio & radio studio that allowed me to develop my broadcasting skills. In second semester, the MA class manages their own news website "The Galway Pulse", which gave me great practical experience in reporting & writing stories in a newsroom setting. The MA provided me with great opportunities, such as interviewing MEPs in the European Parliament in Strasbourg & working with RTE for the general election. Overall the MA really boosted my career prospects. After I finished the MA, I received a graduate internship in the European Parliament’s audio visual unit, & I am now an intern in the Irish Independent.
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Paul O’Malley |   Journalist, Western People

The Masters in Journalism at NUIG provided an excellent platform for my preferred career choice of working in the media. It provided me with a diverse skill set which gives me the knowledge and ability to succeed in any area of journalism, including print media, radio, television and online media. The course gave me the opportunity to learn from those who had relevant experience in the media industry while also refining my work to be of a professional standard through their consistent and valuable feedback.

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