Course Overview

Students are invited to apply for P J Mara Scholarship and MA Humanitites Scholarships.

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 NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

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 Law also involves a formal examination during the exam period at the end of Semester One. Following Semester 2, you will complete a professional work placement and a research dissertation related to Journalism Studies.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

To be accepted you must have a minimum Second Class Honours degree (ideally at 2.1 honours or higher) or equivalent. To apply, send your CV, a personal statement of no more than 500 words detailing your interest in the programme and your career aspirations, and at least one sample of your work; for example, a blog post, student media, short radio or television or other media. We also welcome applications from people with prior experience in journalism looking to update their skills.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time or 2 years, part-time (MA Journalism)
2 years, part-time (MA Journalism for Practitioners)

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




Course code

1AJ1 (MA Journalism)
1AJ2 (MA Journalism for Practitioners, part-time)

Course Outline

MA (Journalism) (full-time)

The full-time one-year 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.

MA (Journalism) part-time

Students take 30 credits (ECTS) in Year One and 60 in Year Two:

  • Contemporary Publishing 10 ECTS
  • Newswriting and Reporting 10 ECTS
  • Discovering the Archives 10 ECTS
  • Broadcast Journalism 15 ECTS
  • Features Journalism 10 ECTS
  • Special Topics in Journalism A 5 ECTS
  • Digital Literary Studies 10 ECTS
  • Political Reporting 5 ECTS
  • Media Law 5 ECTS
  •  Digital Play and Practice 10 ECTS
  • Data Journalism 5 ECTS
  • Cultural Journalism 5 ECTS
  • Special Topics in Journalism B 5 ECTS
  • Media Ethics 5 ECTS

Year 2 Only

  • Fieldwork and Dissertation 30 ECTS  CORE

MA (Journalism for Practitioners) (part-time)

Students take 30 credits (ECTS) in Year One and 60 in Year Two:

  • Newswriting and Reporting 10 ECTS
  • Media Law 5 ECTS
  • Broadcast Journalism 15 ECTS
  • Reflective Practice for Print Reporters 10 ECTS
  • Reflective Practice for Broadcasters15 ECTS
  • Features Journalism 10 ECTS
  • Digital Literary Studies 10 ECTS
  • Media Ethics 5 ECTS 


  • Special Topics in Journalism A 5 ECTS
  • Political Reporting 5 ECTS
  • Discovering the Archives 10 ECTS
  • Journalism Studies Dissertation 30 ECTS                CORE
  • Digital Literary Studies 10 ECTS
  • Contemporary Publishing 10 ECTS
  • Special Topics in Journalism B 5 ECTS
  • Cultural Journalism 5 ECTS
  • Data Journalism 5 ECTS
  • Digital Play and Practice 10 ECTS

Modules for Full Time course

Modules for Part Time course

Modules for Practitioners Part Time course

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

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. 2018/19 (FT MA)

Fees: Tuition

€7,986 p.a. 2018/19 (FT MA)

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19 (FT MA)

Fees: Part time 
€4,160 p.a. 2018/19. 

Postgraduate EU fee breakdown = Tuition + Student Levy. 

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Tom Felle
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