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Do you want to help people stay informed, entertained and understand the world? Become a journalist and play a leading role in informing society.


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DCU’s BA in Journalism is a top degree in Ireland designed to equip you with practical skills in reporting and writing for different media as well as providing you with essential knowledge in politics, law, ethics, society and culture. This degree will really appeal to you if you have an enquiring mind because the world needs journalists to analyse, examine and reveal how things work and what the future holds for people.

Here at DCU we believe in creating journalists who will tell stories that will help people in Ireland, and around the world, find the best way forward. On this degree you will cover the theory behind journalism and communications to help you understand your role as a journalist and the vital role journalism plays in society.

Building your journalism skills

Our Journalism degree focuses on three essentials: 

  1. practical skills such as video and audio production, news gathering, fact-checking, presenting and writing for different platforms (digital, social, print and broadcast)
  2. knowledge of people, institutions and ethical principles needed as context 
  3. academic studies of law, politics and society to sharpen your critical thinking

Learn from the best

As a journalist, you often have to absorb information quickly, relate facts to the bigger picture and work to a tight deadline. Many of our lecturers are or have been practising journalists who are familiar with the profession and will help you develop the necessary skills to succeed in journalism.

INTRA eight-week placement

As a DCU journalism student, you will take part in an 8-week placement with a media organisation through DCU’s INTRA internship programme in the final year of your degree, where you can put your skills and learnings into practice. 

Writing skills

This degree requires a minimum of H4 in English. We also recommend that you have an interest in writing, reading and all kinds of media and current affairs.

DCU People

Sonja Tutty, recently graduated from a BA in Journalism, smiles for the camera in a graduation cap and gown.
Sonja Tutty

DCU’s journalism course always stood out as the best journalism course in the country and ‘INTRA’ is what sold it, because it gets a foot in the door in such a competitive area.”

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Dawn Wheatley

Hi I’m Dawn Wheatley and I’m an Assistant Professor at DCU’s School of Communications and Chair of the BA in Journalism.

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Careers & Further Options

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Today 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 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. 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.


  • Journalism/Reporting
  • Researcher
  • Editing/Sub-editing
  • Production
  • Corporate Communications
  • Presenting/Broadcasting
  • TV/Radio
  • Public Relations
  • Public Service
  • Politics Advocacy/Campaigning
  • Not for Profit
  • Consultancy/Agency
  • Web Content Management
  • Feature Writing/Magazines
  • Advertising/Copywriting

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.


Entry Requirements

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

Minimum of H4 in English

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

GCE A Level C English

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.


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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 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.

Course Structure

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First, it provides the essential practical skills you will need to produce original journalism, such as reporting and writing for different media (including social media). 

Second, it provides the knowledge of culture, politics, society, law and ethics that you need as essential context for your journalism. 

Third, it provides a theoretical study of journalism and communications that will help you understand your role as a journalist and the function of journalism in society. 

To provide these skills and understandings, you will be taught by lecturers who are, or have been, practising journalists who are in close touch with the profession, and by researchers who are scholars of national and international reputation.

An essential element of the final year of the course is an eight-week work placement (INTRA) with a media organisation. On this placement, you will put into practice the skills and understandings developed over the previous three years of the course. All journalism students must complete a relevant work placement arranged or approved by the University.

In your final and third year, you will also undertake an academic dissertation or journalistic project. This is your final project that showcases all you’ve learned and the skills you have acquired over the course of your studies, and is based on a topic of your choice.

If you have visual creative ability, you can use it to produce journalism through photography, publication design and data journalism.

What Will I Study? 

While content of the course may change over time, these modules are indicative of what you will be studying in each year. 

  • Journalism in Society
  • Journalism History
  • Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting
  • Radio Journalism
  • Digital Media Skills
  • Critical Thinking and Independent Learning
  • Ethics and Regulation
  • Journalism Studies
  • Reporting and Mobile Journalism
  • Introduction to Politics and Public Affairs 


  • Case Studies in Investigative Journalism
  • News Design
  • Feature Writing
  • Media Law
  • Networked News
  • Podcasting
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Crime, Policing and the Media
  • Photojournalism
  • Video Journalism
  • Data Journalism
  • Cultural Journalism


  • Newsdays
  • Journalism Portfolio
  • Video Storytelling
  • Project/Dissertation
  • News Editing
  • Media, Sport and Society
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Perspective on Political and Financial Journalism
  • Uaneen Module (DCU’s Leadership and Engagement Module )
  • Climate Change and the Media
  • Peace and Conflict Journalism
  • Journalism Opportunities and Innovation
  • Research for Journalists
  • INTRA placement


For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

How To Apply

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EU School Leavers/FETAC Level 5: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

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



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.

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 6th November to 1st July.

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

Life On Campus

Life on Campus

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.

Since its foundation in 1985, the Media Production Society (MPS) has established itself as a cornerstone of DCU society life; operating as a creative and social outlet to a broad variety of students within the university. It gives members a chance to gain practical experience in their chosen field of media and collaborate with other, like-minded creatives on the society’s blog, on DCUtv and DCUfm. 


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Can I work as a sport or current affairs journalist after journalism (DC132) in DCU?

Journalism is taught as a set of skills and knowledge  needed to identify, research and report on important topics in modern society, as well as cultural issues. Many of our students go on to specialise, and choose careers in sports, political or current affairs journalism. But to arrive there via the journalism route, you will need to first know the basics of journalism. This is why our BA in Journalism degree builds on a foundation of core skills and competencies in the first two years, and then allows the students to choose from a number of optional modules such as Peace and Conflict Journalism, Data Journalism or Financial Reporting so they can specialise when they go into the workplace.

I enjoy English and writing, should I study journalism?

While strong written skills are a core part of the degree and what is expected, you should study journalism if you are interested in the world around you and you want to report on what is happening. You will be expected to conduct a variety of tasks throughout the three years that go beyond just writing, and the most important thing is that you are interesting in communicating stories clearly and accurately, you have a curiosity to explore current events and trends, and you have good enthusiasm and initiative for becoming a journalist, rather than just a writer.

What if I only want to get involved in a particular type of journalism, like sport, politics or arts?

Most core principles of journalism are important no matter what particular topics you are interested in, such as good structure, verifying material before publication, finding reliable and diverse sources, and building up interview skills. While we offer some specialist modules, many of the practical subjects will allow you to tailor your assignments to focus on the topics that really interest you. We would also always encourage students to come in with an open mind about all subjects, and not focus only on one area.