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MA in Journalism and Public Relations

MA in Journalism and Public Relations


Realise your creative potential and develop key media industry skills to specialise in public relations

 In this new and exciting course, students will be equipped with the skills to meet the demands of a media industry undergoing massive change while also specialising in public relations

Why Study Journalism and Public Relations at Griffith College?

The MA in Journalism and Public Relations is recognised by the NUJ and is conducted on both a full and part-time basis over a 1-2 year period. The course concentrates on journalism and public relations from the perspective of a PR content creator and strategic planner who has an understanding of the media industry and is able to research, formulate and implement communication plans and strategies.

  • You will gain a theoretical understanding of workings of the media industry including Sociology of the Media, Communications and Audience Theories and Research Methods.
  • You will develop specific skills in journalism through Writing & Reporting modules, participating in News days and delivering print and radio reports.
  • You will create high-quality media content and develop effective public relations strategies.
  • You have the option of finishing the programme early without a dissertation, receiving a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism & Public Relations after completing 9 mandatory modules.
  • You are assured of excellent teaching practices, using industry standard techniques and technologies.

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • 17th of September, 2018

  • 4th of February, 2019*

*subject to sufficient numbers

Course details

The MA in Journalism and Public Relations is designed to be delivered on a full-time basis over one calendar year and on a part-time basis over 2 years. Learners on the MA programme will complete 9 mandatory modules and a dissertation. The programme is intended to provide a continuous development experience for learners, in which academic reflection is combined with gaining practical and professional mastery of this dynamic and engaging field. The first semester of this programme is designed to be commonly taught with MA Journalism learners while the second semester offers Public Relations specialisms. The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism & Public Relations consists of the 9 mandatory modules and does not include a dissertation.

Core Modules
Stage One
  • Communications & Audience Theories
  • Corporate Public Relations
  • Dissertation
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Online Media
  • Political Communication
  • Public Relations Theory & Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Sociology of the Media
  • Writing and Reporting
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

A primary degree (2.2) in any discipline and interview

 How to Apply

Applicants can Apply Online Directly

Please note: Our MA in Journalism and PR has two intakes: January/February 2018 and September 2018. Courses beginning in January/February run for 18months and courses beginning in September run for 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.


Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 7,200.00

Study Mode: Part-Time


Irish/EU Living in Ireland: EUR 7,200.00


General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 11,000.00

Non-EU living Abroad: EUR 11,000.00

EU Living Abroad: EUR 8,200.00

Study Mode: Part-Time


Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 11,000.00

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.


Academic Progression

On completion of the Level 9 MA in Journalism and Public Relations, students may progress onto a range of Level 10 Doctoral programmes on the National Qualifications Framework. The Postgraduate QQI validation means that your qualification is recognised not only in Ireland and Europe but throughout the world.

Career Progression

 Through the MA in Journalism and Public Relation, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong portfolio and covered a diverse range of media. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Press Editor
  • Media Analyst
  • Communications Executive
  • Market Researcher
  • Advertising and Marketing Director
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Media Relations Manager
  • Account Content Manager

Ready to take the next step?