School of Communications

Journalism

Journalism
CAO Code:
DC132
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points
452
Duration:
3 yr
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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 - Aaron Gallagher, National Student Media Journalist of the Year 2018, BA in Journalism 2017

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

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U.  The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and Socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUfm. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

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

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.

Career areas:

  • 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

Requirements

Leaving Cert

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

FET 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. 

EU 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.   Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

 

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.

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

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

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at http://www.cao.ie/