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Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
If you are a budding reporter or are curious about the world around you and like to write, or have a passion for radio, television or social media, then this is an ideal programme for you. The BA Journalism is an exciting programme for NUI Galway (reformed for 2019) which offers you an opportunity to gain highly coveted communication and media production skills while undertaking an Arts degree.
This four-year degree programme combines academic study with practically-focused modules that give you real world experience of what it is like to work as a journalist. You’ll be introduced to news and feature writing, reporting a ‘beat’; reading the news on radio and video editing to tight deadlines. You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad and undertake a work placement in a media company. You’ll also get an opportunity to expand your understanding of the media through challenging modules in critical media studies and communication.
The joint honours degree lets you choose a second Arts subject that interests you from a range of options, giving you a breath of knowledge and experience.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
We welcome applications from mature students and QQI applicants. A number of places are reserved annually for mature and QQI applicants. Further information about QQI can be found here [link to QQI page: https://www.nuigalway.ie/undergrad-admissions/non-schoolleavers/qqifetacplc/]
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A Level Grades (2019)
Mode of study
The BA Journalism degree is designed to give you high-level digital skills in media production and editorial practice, and introduce you to key debates and ideas from the world of media and communication. You will gain skills across four years in news writing and reporting, writing for features and magazines, radio reporting, multimedia, social media and television. There are optional modules in data journalism and sports reporting. You’ll also be guided through modules in media and communication that examine key issues and debates in the media such as ethics, regulation, ownership, bias, privacy, and the role of the media in democratic society.
In your first year, you’ll take four modules in journalism, media and communication and you can choose to take two Arts subjects from English, History, Economics, Philosophy, Law, Politics and Sociology, Modern European languages (French, Italian or Spanish), Gaeilge or IT. At the end of first year you can choose to continue with one Arts subject along with journalism in a joint honours format to degree level.
In your third year you have the option to undertake an international study exchange and/or a work placement in a media company. Students taking a language will spend at least part of their year studying their language in a European country.
By the end of the four-year degree programme you’ll have an excellent understanding of the media and leave with in-demand communications skills that will set you up for careers in media production, journalism and the wider field of communication. You’ll also have strong interpersonal, critical thinking, judgement and decision making, and teamworking attributes, as well as understanding of innovation, making you ideally suited for employment. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue specialist training via Masters programmes on offer at NUI Galway.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum 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'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)
Optional Subject: Economics (20 Credits):
Required EC1108: Skills for Economics I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC135: Principles of Microeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC1109: Skills for Economics II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EC136: Principles of Macroeconomics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: English (20 Credits):
Required EN1101: Literature and the Social World - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required ENSK1100: Exploring English - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EN124: Introduction to English 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EN125: Introduction to English 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: French (20 Credits):
Required FR1100: Introduction to French Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required FR1101: Introduction to French Literature in Context - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: Gaeilge (20 Credits):
Required NG1105: An Teanga Bheo - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required NG1107: Scéal agus Pobal na Gaeilge - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required NG1106: Litríocht agus Cultúr na Linne - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: History (20 Credits):
Required HISK1101: Skills for Historians (1) - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required HI1103: Europe and Ireland 1789 - 1918 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required HISK1102: Skills for Historians (2) - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required HI1104: Europe: From Medieval to Modern - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: Information Technology (20 Credits):
Required CT1120: Algorithms - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1101: Programming I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1100: Computer Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1102: Programming II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: Italian (20 Credits):
Required IT1100: Italian Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required IT1101: Italy at the movies - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required Core Subject: Journalism (20 Credits):
Required AJ1103: This is the News - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AJ1100: History of Media - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required AJ1102: Introduction to Media and Communication Studies - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AJ1101: Radio Fundamentals - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: Law (20 Credits):
Required LW103.I: Irish Legal Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required LW3109: Tort Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required LW126: Legal Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: Mathematics (20 Credits):
Optional MA133: Analysis and Algebra 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA131: Mathematical Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA185: Analysis and Algebra 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MA135: Analysis and Algebra 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MA186: Analysis and Algebra 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MA187: Mathematical Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MA208: Quantitative Techniques for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: Philosophy (20 Credits):
Required PI120: Philosophical Questions & Issues - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PISK1100: Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI108: Introduction To Practical Ethics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PI107: Introduction To The History Of Philosophy - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: Sociological & Political Studies (20 Credits):
Required SP1118: Practising Sociology and Politics 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SP158: Introduction to Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SP1119: Practising Sociology and Politics 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required SP159: Concepts and Practices of Politics & Sociology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional Subject: Spanish (Beginners) (20 Credits):
Required SH1100: Intensive Beginners Spanish Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required SH1102: Mundo hispano: An Introduction to the Hispanic World - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional Subject: Spanish (Intermediate) (20 Credits):
Required SH1101: Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required SH1102: Mundo hispano: An Introduction to the Hispanic World - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Introduction to Media and Communication – 5 Credits
History of Media – 5 Credits
This is the News – 5 Credits
Radio Fundamentals – 5 Credits
Choose two Arts subjects (20 credits x 2)
Interviewing and Reporting – 5 credits
Power without responsibility – 5 credits
Social media: theory and practice – 5 credits
Broadcasting – 5 credits
MICEE - Media innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and employability – 5 credits
Choose either Sports Journalism (5 credits) Or Feature writing and magazines (5 credits)
Continue with your chosen Arts major
Work internship or International study exchange: Full year
(or you can choose to do a split year, one semester internship and one semester of study abroad)
Multimedia newsdays (10 credits)
Global Political Economy of the Mass Media (5 credits)
The contemporary Irish media: Ethics, rules and regulation (5 credits)
Final project (documentary; investigative project; or long-form feature) (5 credits)
We need to talk about sex, gender and the media (5 credits)
Data journalism (5 credits)
The revolution will be televised (5 credits)
Social media audience development (5 credits)
Television journalism (10 credits)
NUI Galway offers a range of innovative and specialist professional postgraduate programmes including the MA Journalism, the MA Sports Journalism and Communication and the MA Broadcasting. The BA Journalism qualifies you to apply for a place on NUI Galway MAs offered by the Discipline, as well as postgraduate study in other universities. NUI Galway is well recognised internationally and graduates from this programme have successfully completed postgraduate study in the UK, EU and other top international universities. For more details of MA programmes on offer at NUI Galway, see http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/
Why Choose This Course?
Exciting career opportunities: The new BA Journalism programme is an exciting, four-year programme with a built-in internship in third year. We have excellent relationships with a range of media companies including RTE, national and local newspapers and radio, and all of our students get the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their studies. This, alongside the excellent range of modules on offer, gives our graduates a distinct advantage when it comes to securing employment after graduation. Students may also decide to specialise with one of our exciting Professional Masters programmes.
Great Facilities: We have a world-class digital broadcast centre that you will get to use as a student. Our student-friendly radio studio is equipped with a ‘Studer’ digital radio console, where our students learn to edit audio and put together news packages and programmes using Adobe Audition and the ‘Burli’ playout system. NUI Galway has its own FM radio station on campus - Flirt FM - where you can sign up to broadcast your own show.
Our brand-new television studio is the first of its kind in Ireland. The 4k, fully-robotic digital studio is built on a ‘Newtek’ mainframe, and includes state-of-the-art cameras and editing facilities, a news studio equipped with ‘Autoscript’ news reading software and ‘chromakey (greenscreen). It can take up to 16 simultaneous inputs and 8 outputs, allowing our students to broadcast live news and current affairs and other topics programmes to our website, as well as Facebook Live and YouTube. Our students learn to shoot and edit television and ‘mojo’ from the field; are trained in Adobe Premiere Pro, live studio production; and get the chance to create their own television shows in small teams.
Challenging and engaging learning environment: Students on the BA Journalism programme are challenged across four years with a range of modules that help them develop their understanding of the media, as well as training in cutting-edge professional practice including writing for print and online, social media, radio and television. Students can choose specialisms in their second year such as sports journalism or features and magazines; and can further specialise in fourth year in an area of interest.
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Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
EU Fees 2019/20:
- 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
Head, Discipline of Journalism and Communication
Tel: +353 (0) 91 49 2049
An Dr Uinsionn Mac Dubhghaill
BA Journalism Programme Director
What Our Students Say
Ciara Brennan | (third year)
“The BA Journalism has really been the perfect course for me. It is unique as it not only allows me to explore my interest in journalism, but it also enables me to take another subject to degree level, broadening my possibilities for future careers. Placing more emphasis on practical content has expanded my skills and heightened my confidence heading out on my third-year work placement, which is a real asset to this course. The classes are small and intimate allowing me to really get involved and make loads of friends. I would highly recommend this course for anyone with a keen interest in journalism but who also wants to explore other prospects.”
Matthew Geraghty | (second year)
“I found my first year studying journalism at NUIG to be thoroughly enjoyable. The course has been varied and exciting. I found the modules interesting, they helped me to gain a solid grounding in the basics of journalism such as writing for news and developing my critical thinking and writing skills. The lecturers were attentive, understanding and interested to hear from us- the students.”