Entry Points (2020)
NEW for 2021

Course Overview

The BA Global Media is an exciting new programme being launched by NUI Galway in 2021. The  programme aims to give you a robust and challenging university experience, introducing you to a range of areas such as interactive web media, data, media production, journalism and film studies. It will also give you a critical understanding of the changing global media environment and an insight into the role of the media in a globalised world.

Various modules will also examine how society exchanges information through communication in democratic societies, as placed within historical and theoretically-grounded contexts.

With platform convergence, and a dissolving of the walls between information and entertainment media, the study of media and communication – in particular with a focus on international issues such as social media; globalisation; populism; digital literacy; data; verification and mis-information – has resonance with university applicants interested in undergraduate degree programmes with a focus on the media and communication studies.

Galway has a vibrant media sector both on-campus and off-campus with strong media production, film and television companies based in the West of Ireland as well as a student run radio station, Flirt FM, on campus.

Study abroad and work placement opportunities will be provided in the third year of the programme. The programme will create graduates with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and professional capacity. You will study Global Media alongside another Arts subject and you will be able to tailor your exit options depending on subject choice.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.


Additional Requirements

Duration

4 years

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades (2020)

nuigalway.ie/alevels

Average intake

30

Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY135

Course code

Course Outline

You will undertake a set of core modules each year and you will be able to choose elective options in journalism and media production; interactive web media; or film studies. Quotas apply for elective choices.  

Year one

• Digital Literacy
• History of Media
• Introduction to Media and Communication
• Web Media 101

Year two

• Power without Responsibility
• Online and Social Media: Theory and Practice
• Understanding Media Audiences
• The Golden Age of Television

 Choice of:
• Media production [10cr]
• Interactive Web Media [10cr]
• Film Studies [10cr]

Year Three

•Study abroad/Erasmus and/or work internship

Year Four

• The Contemporary Irish Media: Policy, Politics and Practice since 1922
• Media Research Methods
• Media Law and Ethics
• We Need To Talk about Gender, Identity, Race and Sex

Choice of:
• Media production [10cr]
• Advanced Interactive Web Media [10cr]
• Film Studies [10cr]
• Dissertation [10cr]

Assessment will be via a combination of continuous assessment and project work. You may be required to undertake written exams in other Arts modules. Students spend an average of 40 hours a week attending lectures, tutorials and practical classes, and undertaking independent study.

Further Education

You’ll be qualified to undertake further study in a range of MA programmes at NUI Galway, including:

• MA (Journalism)
• MA (Global Media and Communication)
• MA (Film Studies)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

On graduating you’ll be ready to work in a range of media-related roles including in journalism; television and film production; tech companies; the civil and public service; NGOs; marketing and communications; and a wide range of other areas.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in a company such as a media organisation; in a production company; volunteering; in the technology sector; or in the public sector. You can choose to either do a one semester or fullyear internship. The programme will also facilitate students to undertake their own placements internationally.

Study Abroad

You can undertake a semester of Erasmus study in a European University or Study Abroad exchange in a non-EU country. NUI Galway has specific partnerships with universities, including in Sweden, Spain, Austria, the USA and Canada. If you are undertaking a modern language as part of your degree you are expected to spend at least a semester studying in that language.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,500 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€3276 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student Contribution

€3000 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€17,900 p.a. 2021/22

 

EU Fees 2020/21:

- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.

- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.

- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI

Find out More

Dr Tom Felle,
Head of Journalism and Communication
t. +353 91 49 2049
e. tom.felle@nuigalway.ie
w. www.nuigalway.ie/journalism

Downloads

  • NUI Galway Undergraduate Prospectus 2021

    NUI Galway Undergraduate Prospectus 2021 PDF (14.6 MB)

  • Quick Guide to Courses 2021

    Quick Guide to Courses 2021 PDF (1.6 MB)

  • A Level Guide 2021

    A Level Guide 2021 pdf (1.6 MB)

  • CAO Brochure

    CAO Brochure PDF (1.3 MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)

  • QQI / FETAC Pathways Guide

    QQI / FETAC Pathways Guide PDF (45MB)