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MA in Journalism & Media Communications

MA in Journalism & Media Communications


Take on the challenge of entering the growing communication sector in Ireland and internationally.

This Masters programme delivers a comprehensive syllabus of media skills designed to equip you with the key practical competencies needed to work in a professional media environment today

Why Study Journalism & Media Communications at Griffith College?

The MA in Journalism & Media Communications is conducted on both a full and part-time basis over a 1-2 year period and allows students to develop their own study path through the selection of elective modules. The course programme is designed with input from Irish journalists, academics and media practitioners and offers a comprehensive multimedia syllabus that is relevant to current and emerging job opportunities, and reflective of technical, creative, social and market developments.

  • You will gain a solid understanding of media theory, research methods and media law and ethics.
  • You will significantly develop your writing, production and communication skills, exploring areas like reporting, feature writing and investigative journalism.
  • You will be challenged in real journalistic situations in print, broadcast and online media in a media working environment through work with the college magazine, online publications and radio station.
  • You will have the opportunity to create a professional portfolio of your writing, radio output as well as video and photography work to show future employers.
  • You are assured of excellent teaching practices, using industry standard techniques and technologies.

Course Highlights

  • Industry links to leading media outlets
  • Multi Award Winners
  • State of the art studios and facilities
  • NUJ press pass
  • Choice of Elective Modules

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
Core Subjects
Year One
  • Communications & Audience Theories
  • Dissertation
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Newspaper and Magazine Production
  • Online Media
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Research Methods
  • Sociology of the Media
  • Writing and Reporting
  • Business of Digital Media
  • International Political Economy
  • Photojournalism
  • Shorthand
  • Sports Journalism
  • Video Journalism
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have a 2.2 degree in any discipline

 How to Apply

Applicants wishing to apply for this course can do so 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

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 & Media Communications, 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 Media Communication, 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:

  • Media and Communications Manager
  • Business Reporter
  • Media Analyst
  • Head of Communications
  • Journalism and Visual Communications Director
  • Account Executive
  • Social Media and Content Manager
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Freelance Communications Consultant
  • Marketing Officer

Ready to take the next step?