Course Title
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Communication Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Communication Studies

  • CAO CodeDC131
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2019 400
  • Duration 3 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

Understand the role communications play in our everyday lives, and their influence on people and society through the arts and media. You'll explore the subject through theory and practice and working both creatively and analytically. 

The course will give you a thorough understanding of the role communications play in local, national and international settings by teaching you how to think critically about communication in its various forms. It will also introduce you to the varied careers available to graduates and help you decide which interests you most.

The programme includes foundation, core, production and optional modules in performance, audio, imaging and video.

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.

Why do this course?

  • Develop a theoretical understanding of communication, media and society while learning the basics of media production
  • Benefit from a performance strand running parallel to the production modules in audio, imaging and video
  • Participate in and contribute to the longest running undergraduate degree of its type in Ireland, with a reputation for academic and creative excellence
  • Learn from staff who possess a broad range of professional experience developed within the fields of electronic and print media, academic research and teaching
  • Gain employment in private and public communication institutions, both in Ireland and abroad

Student Voice

There is one course in Ireland that offers not just an academic education, but also professional and personal growth. From developing your own photos to scriptwriting, performing, public relations and current affairs, there is something for everyone. Your talent is there to be used, so explore your imagination, originality and creativity with the BA in Communications. Nobody has ever regretted taking this course.

Jackie Fox, BA in Communication Studies

DCU student David Atkinson talks about his experience in the Communication Studies undergrad course.

About the course

The Communications Studies course is structured around four key elements: foundation modules, core modules, production modules and optional modules.

The foundation modules in Year One provide a basic grounding in the disciplines you’ll need for more advanced work in later years.

Core modules in Years Two and Three help you develop a critical awareness of developments in the areas of communication, media and cultural studies.

The production modules ensure that you develop skills in audio, video, imaging and communication/presentation skills.

With your optional modules, you’ll develop expertise in a number of key areas that reflect your particular aptitudes and aspirations. The optional (non-production) Research Project in the final year is a piece of original academic work.

View the current course structure →

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


At this stage, you may not know what career interests you most and Communication Studies is designed to help you decide. Employment, in both the public and private sectors, includes work in

  • Media and independent production companies

  • Advertising

  • Public relations

  • Market research

  • Publishing

  • Event management

  • Arts administration

  • Government services

  • Local administration

The degree also provides a strong foundation for further study.

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: 

Minimum of H4 in English.

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

GCE A-Level C English.

QQI level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go.

Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas.

Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

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. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May.

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July.

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here.

Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Communication Studies Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,679 €15,000