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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Journalism

Master of Arts in Journalism

  • PAC CodeDC600
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Duration 1 Year

The Masters in Journalism provides wide-ranging training and education for those interested in the profession of journalism and related fields. It balances practical, theoretical, technical and analytical elements to address the changing media environment and the new, and increasingly diverse, demands being made on entrants to journalism. Upon completion you will have the in-depth knowledge and aptitude to pursue a successful journalism career.

Applications are now invited for the Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship 2018-2019


DCU’s School of Communications has just been ranked in the top 200 communications schools internationally. The only ranked Irish media/communications School in the QS ranking.

Graduate View

“Returning to study for a Masters in Journalism as a mature student in DCU proved to be an excellent experience. The course itself was well organised. Technology has moved on considerably since I was last in full-time education. DCU uses technology to make the student’s experience as straightforward as possible. The content was interesting and the lecturers were engaging. The modules training me to prepare content for print, radio, TV and digital media were well delivered. The more theoretical subjects, such as the examination of the future of journalism and ethics, proved to be very interesting. One of the reasons I chose this programme over other journalism schools was the promise of an internship. My two-month work placement at the Sunday Times newspaper delivered on that promise.”  Tim Madigan, Graduate, MA in Journalism


Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme provides training and education for those interested in the journalism profession and its related fields. It balances practical, theoretical, technical and analytical elements to address the changing media environment and the new and increasingly diverse demands being made on entrants to journalism. Upon completion, graduates will have the skills, in-depth knowledge and understanding to begin to pursue a successful journalism career, whether in newspapers, magazines, online or in television or radio.

Programme Structure and Content

This one-year, full-time programme includes taught modules for two semesters, with a project or dissertation and an internship. The project/dissertation is a significant journalistic project or a piece of research focused on journalism. Students receive training in print, online and broadcast journalism. Students learn to work both on their own initiative and in teams. Modules are marked, in part or in whole, by continuous assessment, namely simulated newsroom exercises, preparation of features and news stories, online activities, broadcast packages, seminar presentations, and essays. Examinations and in-class tests are set in some modules. In the work placement which takes place in July and August, students gain experience and have the opportunity to practise their skills.


Deadline for applications: Noon, Monday, October 1, 2018

Independent News & Media and DCU's School of Communications have announced the 2018 Veronica Guerin Memorial Bursary at Dublin City University. It is awarded in memory of investigative journalist Veronica Guerin, who was murdered on June 26, 1996, and who served as a member of the governing body of NIHE/DCU from 1982 to 1992.

Applications are now invited for the Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship 2018-2019. 

The bursary is for a sum of €8,000 and is intended to meet the fees of a prospective or current student on the MA in Journalism programme at the School of Communications, Dublin City University who wishes to specialize in investigative journalism in the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarship was initiated in 2007 and is funded by INM.

Applicants should provide an outline of their major project/dissertation on a topic or in a format relevant to the memory of Veronica Guerin. This, for example, might be a series of five investigative features, a single long-form feature, a radio documentary or an academic study of the practice of investigative journalism.

The panel of assessors, including representatives of Independent News & Media and DCU's School of Communications, will make its selection on the overall quality of applications, taking account of 

  1. The rationale and clarity of the proposal;
  2. Its proposed methodology;
  3. The investigation/research plan, including possible sources;
  4. Academic and/or professional performance to date;
  5. For proposals in journalism formats, the suggested place of publication

Candidates may refer to journalism or research they have done that is relevant to their proposal. Applications are invited from individuals who have worked in some capacity as journalists and who wish to be registered on DCU's Masters in Journalism programme (PAC code DC600) in the academic year 2018-2019. Programme entry requirements are available on the DCU website.

The scholarship will be awarded to the candidate who demonstrates s/he has the required qualifications, motivation and/or journalism experience. Where s/he has secured additional scholarship funding from another source, this may be taken into account in determining the final level of the Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship award.

Applications should reach Paul McNamara, chairperson, MA in Journalism programme, assistant professor of journalism, School of Communications, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dublin City University, Glasnevin campus, Dublin 9 by noon on Monday, October 1, 2018. 

Applications should include: 

  1. A concise curriculum vitae; 
  2. A statement of motivation and suitability for the scholarship (maximum 250 words); 
  3. A descriptor of the investigative journalism project or academic dissertation to be undertaken as part of the MA in Journalism programme (maximum 500 words);

Canvassing will disqualify.

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DCU has been a leader in journalism education in Ireland for over three decades. DCU lecturers, with extensive experience in journalism practice across all media, have excellent industry links and are active in researching and analysing news media nationally and internationally.

Why Do this programme?

While strong writing ability is a prerequisite for entry, the programme is open to committed applicants from all academic backgrounds, from science and technology, through business and economics, to the humanities. Entry to the programme is competitive.

  • The longest-established Masters in Journalism programme in Ireland.
  • Lecturers with a wealth of experience in journalism practice.
  • A broad mix of professional and theoretical training.
  • Excellent working relations with media organisations, ensuring relevant and up-to-date course content.
  • A commitment to the continuing need for serious professional journalism across all media platforms.




Graduates work in a wide range of areas, including mainstream journalism across all media, nationally and internationally, and in organisational representation and lobbying and general communication roles.

Potential Careers

  • News Reporter (print, online, broadcast)
  • Sub-editor
  • Feature Writer
  • Sports Reporter
  • Columnist
  • Producer
  • Researcher
  • Lobbyist
  • Editor
  • Advocate
  • Public Communication Specialist
  • Media Entrepreneur


General Entry Requirements

Up to 25 places are offered at each annual intake to the programme. To be considered for admission, applicants must have, at minimum, a second class honours degree [2.2] (or demonstrate, on the basis of results to date, a reasonable expectation of fulfilling this requirement before entry to the programme). Places also may be made available for candidates who have relevant professional experience.

Application Process

As part of their on line application, candidates should upload ONE WRITTEN ARTICLE of circa 500 words of their own composition, on a subject and in a genre of their choice, written for a specific publication. The article may be published or unpublished.

If the article has been published, state when and in which publication. Otherwise, indicate the outlet for which you think your submission would be best suited. Applications which include more than one sample article will be disqualified.

A personal statement of not more than 250 words, outlining why you want to study on this programme, should also be attached to your online PAC application.

Assessment by Interview

Candidates should note that entry to the programme is competitive, and the selection process includes shortlisting of candidates for interview on dates designated by the University. Shortlisted candidates book their interview date and time through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website ( Interview slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. It is not possible to accommodate other interview dates.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language, they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. Some candidates may be asked to complete an additional English language course prior to being offered a place. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  • ONE WRITTEN ARTICLE of circa 500 words, published or unpublished, on a subject and in a genre of their choice, written for a specific publication.
  • Personal statement of 250 words maximum

Non Native English Speakers
Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link

Dates for Submission of Applications

EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC  Applications will be reviewed and offers will be made on an onging basis.  Should places still be available on this programme, the final date for receipt of applications will be 14 August 2018 for entry in Autumn 2018.

Non-EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC  Applicants will be reviewed and offers will be made on an ongoing basis.  Should places still be available on this programme, the final date for receipt of applications will be 10 July 2018 for entry in Autumn 2018.  

  • Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.  If you need a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part time programmes as study visas are only granted for full time programmes.

  • To apply for this programme use the PAC code DC600.

Queries on completed applications should be emailed to