Courses at DCU
School of Communications

Journalism

Journalism
CAO Code:
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8
Delivery Mode:
Full-time
401
Duration:
3
+353 (0) 1
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As a prospective journalist, you have a profound sense of curiosity about the world and an ability to analyse and reveal how things work through clear, concise and engaging stories. You have the ability to absorb large amounts of information quickly, to relate facts to the bigger picture, and to work to deadline. You’re excited at the prospect of learning how to tell stories across a range of platforms from social to mobile to broadcast.

A niche of journalism can be found to suit most interests. In all areas of life, from business to politics, from culture to religion, from sports to lifestyles, the public looks to journalism for context. Your aim will be to inform, but can also be to entertain or educate.

DCU’s Journalism degree focuses on three essentials: practical skills such as video, audio and writing for different platforms (digital, social, print and broadcast); knowledge of people, institutions and ethical principles needed as context; and academic studies of law, politics and society to sharpen your critical thinking.

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.

The BA in Journalism programme is an ideal course for any motivated student wishing to pursue a career in media, whether in print, online, radio or television. The diverse range of modules teaches students the history of journalism and the modern skills needed in today’s media workplace such as news gathering, fact-checking, presenting, audio production and feature writing.

The award-winning campus student newspaper, radio and TV stations compliment the skills taught within the programme and offer hands-on, creative outlets for students to apply what they have learned in their lectures.

In a competitive media workplace, the 8-week INTRA placement helps to bridge the gap between university and employment, giving students the chance to impress editors and get their work published in national media titles such as the Irish Times, Irish Independent TheJournal.ie and RTÉ. Honing modern, up-to-date skills in areas like MOJO, Digital and Data Journalism, the DCU journalism programme offers students the perfect opportunity to forge a successful career in media and communications, whether in news, sport, lifestyle or business.

The BA in Journalism offers some scope for specialisation with optional modules, but every student takes the same broad range of core modules in their three years.

An essential element of the final year of the course is an eight-week placement in a media organisation where you’ll trial your abilities in the working world. Every journalism student must complete a relevant work placement arranged or approved by DCU.

Explore a theoretical understanding of communication, media and society while learning to engage in storytelling across multiple platforms
Benefit from production modules in social, mobile, 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 with professional experience in the fields of social, digital, broadcast and print media, academic research and teaching
Experience working life through an eight-week internship in a media organisation
View the current course structure

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.

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.

Aaron Gallagher, National Student Media Journalist of the Year 2018, BA in Journalism 2017

The BA in Journalism programme is an ideal course for any motivated student wishing to pursue a career in media, whether in print, online, radio or television. The diverse range of modules teaches students the history of journalism and the modern skills needed in today’s media workplace such as news gathering, fact-checking, presenting, audio production and feature writing.

The award-winning campus student newspaper, radio and TV stations compliment the skills taught within the programme and offer hands-on, creative outlets for students to apply what they have learned in their lectures.

In a competitive media workplace, the 8-week INTRA placement helps to bridge the gap between university and employment, giving students the chance to impress editors and get their work published in national media titles such as the Irish Times, Irish Independent TheJournal.ie and RTÉ. Honing modern, up-to-date skills in areas like MOJO, Digital and Data Journalism, the DCU journalism programme offers students the perfect opportunity to forge a successful career in media and communications, whether in news, sport, lifestyle or business.

@SeanDefoe is a former DCU student, a Mobile Journalist and and a Senior Reporter for Newstalk. He can also be heard on Today FM and a network of local radio stations. Mobile journalist.Here he talks about his experience in the DCU Journalism undergrad course:

Career Areas
Corporate Communications
Magazines
Newspapers
Online
Public Relations
Public Service
Radio
TV

Your ability to write clearly, quickly and accurately, and to process information speedily will equip you for a wide range of careers, not just those in journalism.

 

Today most media employers expect new recruits to be skilled in video and audio production, reporting, social media engagement, web design, writing, presenting and producing, in all media formats. DCU's BA in Journalism has been designed to produce such multi-skilled graduates.

 

Your communication skills and critical thinking will also be valuable in the public service, in non-governmental organisations, in public relations, in the commercial sector, and in organisations connected with international development.

Job titles for graduates include:

Career Tags
Editor
Journalist
Presenter
Producer
Reporter
Researcher
Sub editor

Fees

Requirements

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.

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online athttp://www.cao.ie/
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

FETAC 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. 

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

Leaving Cert

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

Minimum of H4 in English

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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

Apply through the CAO by 1st February. 
Advice for Mature-Student Applicants (PDF 51K)
*Mature applicants are asked to submit directly to the CAO, along with their other paper documentation, a hard copy of an article of c. 750 words of their own composition, written for a specific publication [published or unpublished]. If the article has been published, state when and in which publication. If the article is unpublished, indicate the newspaper or periodical for which you think your submission would be best suited.

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

EU School Leavers/FETAC Level 5: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) www.cao.ie 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 the 1st July. All non-EU candidates are advised to apply early as places are limited.

 

 

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July