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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.

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To train people to be critical journalists across evolving media platforms.

To equip you with the skills necessary to sustain serious journalism that engages successfully with a broad range of readers and audiences, in print, online and across the airwaves.


Scholarship Details


Applicants are invited to apply for the Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship 2016-2017.

Deadline for applications: Noon, Monday, 1st August 2016

Independent News & Media and DCU's School of Communications have announced the 2016 Veronica Guerin Memorial Bursary at Dublin City University. The bursary is awarded in memory of investigative journalist Veronica Guerin, who was murdered on 26 June 1996, and who served as a member of the governing body of NIHE/DCU from 1982 to 1992.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Veronica's death. Applications are now invited for the Veronica Guerin Memorial Scholarship 2016-2017.

The bursary is for a sum of €8,500 and is intended to meet the cost of fees and some general expenses of a prospective or present student on the MA in Journalism at the School of Communications, Dublin City University who wishes to specialize in investigative journalism. The bursary award scheme was initiated in 2007 and is funded by INM.

By the deadline, applicants must propose 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 or an in-depth 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 particular account of (a) the rationale and clarity of the proposal; (b) its proposed methodology; (c) the investigation/research plan, including possible sources; (d) academic and/or professional performance to date; and (e) 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 2016-2017. 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. Th place will be reserved on the programme in the programme in Autumn 2016. 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, School of Communications, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 by noon on Monday, 1 August 2016. It should include: (1) a concise curriculum vitae; (2) a statement of motivation and suitability for the scholarship (maximum 250 words); (3) an outline of the investigative journalism project or academic dissertation to be undertaken as part of the Masters in Journalism programme (maximum 500 words).

Please note that canvassing will disqualify.

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The longest-established Masters in Journalism programme in Ireland.

Very experienced and highly versatile lecturers.

A broad mix of professional and intellectual training.

A programme that has excellent working-relationships with media organisations, ensuring relevancy and up-to-the-minute content .

An optimistic vision of the continuing need for serious journalism across all media platforms.

A programme that has been producing excellent national and international journalists for over 30 years.

Candidates should note that entry to the programme is competitive. Places will be offered on a a first-come first-served basis via Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website (

In order to maintain the strict fairness of the process, canvassing is forbidden and will result in disqualification of the candidate.




Graduates of this programme work in a wide range of areas, including mainstream journalism, organisational representation and lobbying.


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

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 31st July 2018.

Non-EU Applicants

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 10th July 2018 for Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

Applying through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (

When applying for this programme use the PAC code DC600

Queries on completed applications should be emailed to