Course Overview

The MA (Journalism) is designed to provide education and training for entry to the profession of journalism. It combines the practical, analytical, theoretical, and technical skills necessary to the practice of journalism in contemporary media.

Based in a well-equipped Journalism Suite, the class size is limited, allowing for close workshop-based engagement and learning support. Graduates of the programme feature regularly in national media awards.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.


Who Teaches this Course

  • Andrew Ó Baoill, BSc, MA, PhD, Lecturer in English, Director of Journalism programmes
  • Dave O' Connell, Group Editor, Connacht Tribune
  • Bernadette O' Sullivan, BA, MA, HDE, HDAC
  • Bernadette Prendergast, BA, HDE, MA, Head of News, Galway Bay FM

The course also draws on regular lectures, workshops, and optional modules delivered by working professionals from a range of backgrounds.

Requirements and Assessment

All modules involve continuous assessment, regular assignments, project work, presentations and portfolio development. Media Ethics, Media Law and Government and Politics also involve formal examinations. Following Semester 2, you will complete a professional work placement and a research dissertation related to Journalism Studies.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Second Class Honours degree or higher. An essential part of the application process is the submission, through PAC, of at least one journalistic article (700 words minimum) which may or may not have been published, and also a personal statement (c. 300 words) of your reasons for pursuing journalism. If you have had other work published, you may include samples as further support for your application.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15 - 20

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code


Course Outline

The programme consists of taught courses over two semesters; a placement in a professional journalistic workplace; and a final thesis which provides an opportunity to analyse and reflect on the practice of journalism. Tuition is carried out in a dedicated newsroom and radio studio environment.  Modules themselves, as well as, the content of modules may vary from year to year. Modules at present are: 

Core modules:

  • News Writing and Reporting
  • Features Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism (Radio)
  • Media Ethics
  • Media Law
  • Government and Politics
  • Work Placement
  • Dissertation.

Optional modules:

  • Data Journalism
  • Contemporary Publishing
  • Film-making for the Internet
  • Cultural Journalism and Reviewing.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme work as journalists, reporters, TV presenters, researchers and editors in print, broadcasting, and new media in Ireland and abroad. Some move on from journalism to pursue careers in Public Relations, Public Advocacy, and Law. Others may choose to progress their studies in the area at PhD level.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€8,210 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€7,986 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224. 

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Dr Andrew Ó Baoill
T +353 91 494 480