Postgraduate
MA Journalism

NUI Galway

Course Overview


The MA Journalism at NUI Galway is an innovative, digital-first journalism programme focusing on key multimedia skills needed to work in the new media era.

The programme aims to train journalists to work in the fast-paced world of journalism, equipping graduates with essential training in traditional reporting skills for print and broadcast, as well as new media training in social media, audience development and analytics, data journalism, ‘MoJo’, multimedia, social video, podcasting and verification. NUI Galway has a long tradition of journalism training and all journalism students are required to undertake a rigorous programme of news writing and reporting, broadcasting, media law, politics and current affairs, ethics and regulation, and can choose from a suite of optional elective modules to give them specialist knowledge in niche areas. These elective modules include data journalism, financial journalism, cultural journalism, economic reporting and sports writing and analysis. Journalism classes take place in the digital newsroom and broadcast studios, completely refurbished in 2019. NUI Galway has partnerships with all major national media organisations and all students are guaranteed an eight week work placement as part of their studies, in semester three (circa May/June).

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

20

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,500

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • The programme aims to train journalists to work in the fast-paced world of journalism, equipping graduates with essential training in traditional reporting skills for print and broadcast.
  • Graduates work in roles including reporters, editors, researchers, producers and on-air presenters as well as new careers in data journalism and analytics, social media production and audience development.
  • NUI Galway has a long tradition of journalism training and all journalism students are required to undertake a rigorous programme of news writing and reporting, broadcasting, media law, politics and current affairs.
  • This programme prepares you to work as a professional journalist across multiple platforms and graduates have careers at national news organisations including RTE, Newstalk, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent and a range of local newspapers and local radio.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

To be accepted you must have a minimum Second Class Honors degree, or be in your final year of study and expecting to graduate this Summer. We also welcome applications from people with prior experience in journalism looking to update their skills. English language requirement: IELTS of 7.0 overall with not less than 6.0 in any component.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

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Career Prospects


This programme prepares you to work as a professional journalist across multiple platforms and graduates have careers at national news organisations including RTE, Newstalk, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent and a range of local newspapers and local radio. Graduates work in roles including reporters, editors, researchers, producers and on-air presenters as well as new careers in data journalism and analytics, social media production and audience development. Graduates also work in the wider media in PR roles, in policy, advocacy and political communications.

Notes


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