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Journalism at UL

Journalism Programmes

The University of Limerick offers dynamic and vibrant degree programmes in journalism, offering cutting edge print, broadcasting, multimedia and social media training to students. Our faculty of working journalists and academics have extensive professional media experience and strong links with the industry.

This ensures not only a high standard of education, but also greatly assists students in getting their work published and broadcast. If you want to study journalism, choose UL. It's not an ordinary career, so it's not an ordinary degree.

We offer two major programmes of study

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and New Media for undergraduates; and
Graduate Diploma/Master of Arts in Journalism programme for postgraduates.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and New Media

This four-year programme offers undergraduate students a comprehensive range of professional practice and academic modules, to prepare them for the constantly changing multi-media world.

The programme will enable the student to develop the excellent research and writing skills required of journalists, as well as an understanding of the media’s roles in contemporary society.

Throughout the programme, the students will study core journalism modules, including: News Reporting; Feature Writing; Radio & Television Journalism; Social Media; On-line Media Reporting; Investigative Journalism; Media Law; and Newspaper Production.

To complement their professional practice education, the students will also choose from a suite of elective modules in: Economics, Politics, History, Languages, Irish, English Literature, Sociology; and Law. This will help them to build up an expertise in a particular field of journalism, better equipping them to secure employment in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

The programme will involve a significant amount of practical work in print and broadcast journalism, and students will be encourage to actively seek the publication of their work throughout their time at UL.

A unique feature of the BA programme is that it offers students a six-month Co-operative Education work placement in a media organisation.

In the final year the student will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of their work which can be used for presentation to future employers.

Click here to view a video of BA in Journalism & New Media graduate, Denise Calnan, who now works as a journalist with the ‘Irish Independent’.

Click here to view a video of one of the newspapers produced by UL Journalism students

For further information, contact Course Director, Kathryn Hayes on +353 61 202267 or email:

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MA in Journalism (full-time and part-time, on campus)

This is a full-time programme aimed at providing graduates with training in a range of professional practice journalism modules, and an array of journalistic and academic research skills.
For the Graduate Diploma part of the overall programme, students undertake taught modules in professional practice in semesters one and two.

The professional practice modules include News Reporting; Feature Writing; Radio & Television Journalism; On-line Media Reporting; Investigative Journalism; Media Law; and Newspaper Production.

Students who achieve a grade of 2:2 in the Graduate Diploma are offered the opportunity to progress to Master of Arts level. This involves the students undertaking a supervised dissertation, requiring rigorous investigative and academic research and writing, during the summer months. During Semester 2, all students are prepared for the dissertation by undertaking a module in Researching Media.

All students on the Graduate Diploma/MA programme will also acquire an internship in a media organisation upon completion of the programme.

The course will build on students' existing knowledge base from their undergraduate studies and enhance the skills and research tools required for investigative journalism.

Click here for additional information and online application
Note: The application process for the 2015/16 academic year is now open.

Click here to view a promotional video for the Graduate Diploma/MA in Journalism programme

Click here to view a video on one of the local newspapers produced by UL Journalism students

For further information contact Course Director Dr. Henry Silke
Phone: +353 61 23 4678