Griffith College

MA in Journalism and Public Relations

MA in Journalism and Public Relations

MA in Journalism and Public Relations

In this new and exciting students will be encouraged to realise their creative potential as media practitioners.You’ll gain media industry skills and specialise in public relations

MA in Journalism and Public Relations Introduction
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:9
Duration:1 Year Full Time 2 Years Part Time

The MA in Journalism and Public Relations is a new and exciting programme which builds on the success of Griffith College's postgraduate courses. You’ll be equipped with the skills to meet the demands of a media industry undergoing massive change while also specialising in public relations. 

This MA programme 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. In doing so, it enables students to realise their creative potential as media practitioners.

The programme integrates a critical media understanding with practical application.This allows for a reflective and critical understanding to emerge alongside a capacity to create media content and develop effective public relations strategies. You will be given an understanding of the workings of the media industry and develop specific skills in journalism through modules such as Writing & Reporting in which you participate in News days throughout the semester and deliver reports in both print and radio. 

Academic depth is developed in modules such as Sociology of the Media, Communications and Audience Theories and Research Methods. Specific PR modules such as Public Relations Theory and Practice and Corporate PR build on the media skills and sociological depth of the learner to complete their academic and professional skill set.

This programme will be of interest to holders of primary degrees who intend to embark on a career within fields of journalism and public relations as well as people with prior learning in journalism and media related disciplines, or ancillary communications/research based employment who desire to specialise in journalism and public relations. National Union of Journalist's recognition of this programme entitles students to apply for an NUJ Press Card for the duration of their course.

MA in Journalism and Public Relations Overview

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 common 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.

Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester 0
Communications & Audience Theories
Corporate Public Relations
Media Law and Ethics
Online Media
Political Communication
Public Relations Theory & Practice
Research Methods
Sociology of the Media
Writing and Reporting
Entry Requirements
General Requirements
MA in Journalism and Public Relations

A primary degree (2.2)in any discispline and interview


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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.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 7,050.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 8,000.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 11,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 11,000.00
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 7,050.00
EUR 5,500.00
How to Apply
Career Progression: 

Graduates can look forward to interesting and fulfilling careers in this hectic, evolving sector. Public relations techniques are increasingly being used by a variety of organisations to communicate with key audiences. Information specialists who can create media content such as press releases and advertorials, and who can drive the online content of an organisation, are in demand.

There is a need for media specialists who can engage audiences and communicate positively and effectively on behalf of their clients. Especially now there is such an increasing amount of diverse and changing media sources. Journalists who have specific public relations knowledge and ability are perfectly poised to meet these needs.

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MA in Journalism and Public Relations Career Progression

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