Taught course


University of Limerick · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma should normally possess a primary degree in any discipline with at least Second Class Honours Grade 2 (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants should have a high standard of written English. No previous experience in journalism is necessary. However, applicants who have had articles published, or experience in broadcasting should include this in the application.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Journalism is a one year full-time, or two year part-time programme. Students will learn vital professional skills including: news and feature writing; broadcasting; multimedia journalism; interviewing; investigative reporting and research methods. The application of these skills across print, broadcast and multimedia journalism is a major part of the course. Students will also examine the role of journalism in society and study media law, as well as hearing leading Irish and international media commentators discuss current affairs.
Students taking the MA in Journalism will:
  • Get practical experience of ‘real-world’ journalism work by completing multi-media assignments for various types of platforms to deadline, while also developing a portfolio of professional journalism work
  • Be equipped with the high-level research skills essential to all kinds of journalism and develop a critical awareness of the role of journalism and media in society
  • Learn an appreciation of the ethical and legal issues in the profession and a critical understanding of how the media operates.
The MA in Journalism now incorporates a specialised MA in Journalism, Sport pathway option for graduates interested in pursuing Sports Journalism.
As well as a grounding in key sports journalism skills, students taking the MAJ, Sport pathway will be trained in sports communication management and will learn about the relationship between sport, the media and society, and how the industry’s professional and social dimension has evolved, including its legal and economic aspects. This course, the first of its kind in Ireland, is being designed and implemented with input from key figures in the sports media industry. Thus, students will receive practical instruction from leaders in the field, along with the networking and placement opportunities that are vital for a career in a fast-evolving industry.
**Please specify in supporting statement section of application if you wish to apply for Sports Pathway option

Fees and funding

UK students
€5912-Full time. Part time: Year 1 €3196, Year 2: €3106
International students
€12884-Full tIme. Part time: Year 1: €6996 Year 2: €6776

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60

Course contact details

Dr Fergal Quinn