Entry Points (2021)

Course Overview

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.

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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 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/]

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)


Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

5 (More Info)

Closing Date
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Course Outline

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. 

Year one

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) 

Year Two
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

 Year three
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) 

Year Four
Multimedia newsdays (10 credits)
Global Political Economy of the Mass Media (5 credits)
The contemporary Irish media: Ethics, rules and regulation (5 credits)

Choose from:
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)

Further Education

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?

Career Opportunities

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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,738 p.a. 2021/22*

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€17,816 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy:
  €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

Find out More

Tom Felle,
Head, Discipline of Journalism and Communication
Tel: +353 (0) 91 49 2049
Email: tom.felle@nuigalway.ie

An Dr Uinsionn Mac Dubhghaill
BA Journalism Programme Director
Email: uinsionn.macdubhghaill@nuigalway.ie 


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.”


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