NUI Galway offers programmes in journalism at both undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (MA) levels.

A new BA Journalism programme launches in 2019 and offers students the opportunity to undertake journalism to degree level alongside another Arts subject in a Joint Honours format.

This exciting new programme gives students an opportunity to learn about mass communications and how the media operates, as well as hands-on experience in practical media through a combination of in-class teaching and an eight-month work internship in year three. 

The programme is designed to give graduates a wide range of career options in the media, not just traditional roles, in wider communications, social media, digital communications and further afield. Graduates are also able to continue their students via a range of MA programmes

NUI Galway is re-launching its MA Journalism programme in 2019, and also introduces a new MA Sports Journalism and Communication programme – the first of its kind in Ireland.

The MA Journalism has been completely revamped for 2019 and is designed as an intensive 12-month programme that focuses primarily on practical skills as well a high level of contextual understanding. Students undergo weekly news assignments across multiple platforms including print, online, broadcasting and social media. The programme immerses students in both traditional reporting skills as well as new digital media training in social newsgathering, content verification, SEO, audience development, podcasting, ‘MoJo’ and data journalism. Students are fully trained in media law and media ethics is a core part of the programme. Students can complete an internship with a media organisation in the Summer, as well as a final practical project, a documentary, or an academic dissertation. NUI Galway is also piloting an exciting new ‘Journalism Innovation’ module in 2019, where students work on real-world news start-up and pitch to a ‘Dragon’s Den’.

The new MA Sports Journalism and Communication programme also launches in 2019. The programme is designed to fill the growing demand for professionals to work in the world of sports communication – a fast paced and growing industry, as well as training future sports journalists. The programme is ideally suited to graduates with a passion for sport, who have an interest in pursuing a career in either sports journalism or the wider field of sports marketing and communications. Students are able to take modules in sports reporting, broadcasting, film, marketing and strategic communications, as well as modules offered on the MA Journalism. The programme is also ideally suited to sports professionals and athletes interested in a furthering their careers.

NUI Galway has a state-of-the-art digital newsroom with a dedicated ‘Studer’ radio studio, and television studio, as well as strong links with local, national and international media organistations.