The Masters in Journalism at DCU 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.
Who is eligible?
Up to 25 places are offered at each annual intake to the programme. To be considered for admission, applicants must have, at minimum, an upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Places also may be made available for candidates who have relevant professional experience.
Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to submit evidence of an English Language qualification. For more information on entry requirements please consult our website.
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.
This one year, the full-time programme consists of taught courses for two semesters, with a project or dissertation and a trainee placement over the summer period. The project/dissertation is a major piece of academic media research, focused on journalism or a major journalistic project.
All students receive training in print, online and broadcast journalism. Modules are marked, in part or in whole, by continuous assessment, namely essays, simulated newsroom exercises, preparation of features and news stories, online activities and seminar presentations. Examinations and in-class tests are also set in some modules.
You are required to take part in the INTRA programme, which provides a placement with a media organisation during the summer period. Satisfactory completion of the placement, including submission of a work report, is a prerequisite for the award of this graduate degree.
Modules taught in this programme include:
- News Reporting
- Radio Journalism
- Media Law
- Television Journalism
- Feature Writing
- Communication Ethics
The MA in Journalism is designed to be completed in one calendar year of full-time study. It consists of two (full-time) taught semesters, followed by a practical project, completed between May and early September. The next intake for this programme will be September 2017.
DCU offers a number of scholarships to international students each year. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship from DCU you must first apply to and receive an offer for a DCU Masters programme.
Apply online for September 2017 entry at www.pac.ie/dcu using the PAC code DC600
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