Entry Points (2018)

Course Overview

With platform convergence, and a dissolving of the walls between information and entertainment media, Media Studies is an increasingly popular programme internationally as well as domestically. The Discipline of English has a tradition of giving critical attention to cultural creation in broad, inclusive contexts. This programme builds on that experience, and on ongoing student demand, to provide a programme, grounded in the humanities, that prepares students for engagement with our multi-platform media environment.

The primary focus of the programme is the theoretical study of media in critical and historical perspective. A core aim of this programme is to equip students with transferable communications and critical thinking skills that will equip them for future success in the labour market.

Students will have opportunities to explore both Media Studies and traditional English literature offerings. Based on current Teaching Council requirements, students in this denominated BA programme would meet the requirements to teach English at post-primary level.

Students will also develop research skills that afford them an appropriate grounding for further educational opportunities nationally or internationally. Several MA programmes provide pathways for graduates of this Denominated BA to proceed into further education at postgraduate levels at NUI Galway.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Normal university entry requirements apply.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

Sept 2019

A Level Grades (2018)


Average intake


Closing Date

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

• Introduction to Fiction
• Introduction to Poetry
• Introduction to Drama and Theatre
• Critical Perspectives on Literature
• Literature in the Social World
• Cultural Foundations (Media Studies)
• Media Ethics
• Digital Literacies: Theory and Practice

• Courses are a combination of lectures and seminars
• Medieval Literature
• Media, Culture, and Society
• 18th Century Studies
• Worlds in Revolt: Romanticisms
• 19th Century British Literature
• Modern Irish Literature
• Representation, Identity, Media

Practical focus, and a choice of modules, including on-campus project work, work observation/ placement and/or study abroad.

• The History of the Book
• The Revolution will not be Televised
• Genre Studies
• Modernism/Postmodernism
• Contemporary Literature
• Masculinity and Crisis

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The valuable oral and written communication skills, advanced research skills, and critical thinking skills that the BA in English and Media Studies develops are highly transferrable and sought after by employers in sectors including the education, culture, media, and knowledge industries. Graduates might progress to an exciting variety of careers in teaching, writing, editing, research, publishing, broadcasting, public relations, human resources, sales, or marketing. Alternatively, they would be well-poised to pursue further academic study in English or cognate disciplines at postgraduate level. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

The third year of the programme is dedicated to study abroad, work placement, and other opportunities to apply and develop skills outside the traditional classroom setting.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,300 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€3,076 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€13,850 p.a. 2018/19
EU Fees 2018/19:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf 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 Elizabeth Tilley

E: elizabeth.tilley@nuigalway.ie