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Journalism / Iriseoireacht

DT542 FT


The MA Journalism at the School of Media in TU Dublin is at the heart of an institution that has been pioneering in journalism education for more than 50 years. As the practice and theory of journalism changes, the programme changes with it, but without losing sight of the basic principles of reporting, producing and editing across platforms including video journalism, radio, podcasting, and online news. The course includes tuition, skills training, practical experience, a wide range of assignments, seminars, tutorials, group projects, independent study and research. (Students also undertake a placement in industry).

Good journalism, produced by reflective, critical practitioners, is crucial to the development and maintenance of democracy. The programme seeks to produce journalists who are multi-skilled and critically aware, and have a good understanding of the role of journalism in society. Graduates from the course now work in media organisations in Ireland and abroad, as well as in social-media companies and in other employments where good communicators are valued (see below).

The course is offered on the following basis:

A two-semester, full-time programme, from September 2019 to September 2020.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have an honours bachelor degree (2.2 grade or higher), or equivalent, in any relevant discipline. Non-standard applications are also considered.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview. A short-list is then drawn up and successful applicants are sent first-round offers. If any places are not taken up, these are offered to applicants on a reserve list.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are competent to take up employment as journalists and content creators across a wide spectrum of media, including  broadcast or on-line news organisations, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, digital and  technology companies and in-house news and communications positions in NGOs and charities. They are equipped to work as (among other things) reporters, presenters, sub-editors, feature writers, producers, researchers, online-content providers and communications specialists.

Course Content

The programme is divided into three strands: Professional Formation, Journalism Studies and Dissertation.

Professional Formation offers grounding in the basic and professional skills and practice of journalism across multiple platforms, including writing editing, audio and video. Students undertake a placement as part of their professional formation.

Journalism Studies provides a critical framework for journalism in its social and historical context.

Students are also required to complete a dissertation on a topic related to journalism.

Tuition takes place in the two semesters between late September and early June. Students work on their dissertation for the third semester and this is submitted in early September.

Optional modules require a minimum number of students to run.

Semester 1

Professional Formation:

  • Digital Media Tools
  • Writing and Sub-editing
  • Journalism Practice: Reporting the story cross-platform (print, broadcast, video, online)
  • Explorations in Journalism OR Reporting Peace & War (Intl)

Journalism Studies:

  • History and Theory of Journalism
  • Media Law 
  • Research methodology

Semester 2 

Professional Formation:         

Advanced Journalism Practice: Building on skills learnt in semester one - reporting the story cross-platform (print, broadcast, online, data journalism and verification of journalism sources such as Youtube, twitter, social media). Producing content for the website  writing features, interviews and multi-media packages, across sports, news, arts and culture .

Work Placement: placement is organised following discussions between tutors and students as to suitability and interests.

Media Entrepreneurship  

Journalism Studies:   

  •  Ethics and Current Issues
  •  Media Environment OR Journalism in a Globalised World (Intl)        


  • Research Methodology


        Submission of dissertation in early September 2020

Note: Students who choose the alternative international modules and write a dissertation on a relevant international media topic are eligible for a Masters in Journalism (International)


Assessment is through a combination of continuous assessment and specific assignments, undertaken throughout the year. There are no formal exams. Tuition ends in early June, after which students use the third semester to complete a dissertation.

Who Should Apply?

Conversion Programme

The MA in Journalism is aimed at graduates, across various disciplines, who want a foundation in the practice and theory of journalism, and want to pursue journalism and or media practice as a career. Accordingly the MA is aimed at producing journalists and media professionals  who are not only proficient in practical and professional techniques but who have a wide and critical understanding of the roles and purpose of journalism and media in general.

The programme is an alternative path into journalism and media  for those who have not studied journalism at undergraduate level and wish to pursue journalism as a career. We welcome students with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise.

Applicants who have no journalistic record can be considered for the course if they have good academic achievement and/or relevant experience, can write well, and can demonstrate serious commitment to working in journalism.

Applicants can demonstrate commitment to journalism by means of relevant work experience, articles published or written for publication, and evidence of purposefulness about working as a journalist.

Applicants should send in with their applications several samples of written or published work including broadcast and online, such as blogs.

Timetable / Hours

The course is full-time, which means approximately 20 hours of contact time with lecturers per week in semesters one and two. It is an intensive programme, but time is set aside so that students can carry out course work and projects as well as the work placement. However, it is useful for students to begin to make contacts and pursue professional journalistic work during the duration of the programme, and to this end there is likely to be one day each week that is free of lectures and other academic commitments.


Graduates of this course are eligible for the award of Master of Arts in Journalism or Master of Arts in Journalism (International) from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Further Information

Kate Shanahan
School of Media 
College of Arts and Tourism
TU Dublin - City Campus, Aungier Street, Dublin 2 
T: 01 402 3136

Frequently Asked Questions

Is work placement arranged ?

Yes work placement is arranged in consultation with the student ; this way, they are more likely to end up in suitable work places. Staff assist in every way they can; e.g., by letting people know of openings, by recommending good contacts, etc.

What facilities are provided ?

Students have a dedicated laboratory (virtual newsroom) with computers, printer, scanner and phone. Software includes Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Pro-tools, and an image-editing programme. Students also have access to radio and TV studios as well as video cameras and  portable recording equipment.

EU Fees *

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change

For full-time postgraduate fees click here

For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding

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