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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Journalism

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Journalism

  • CAO CodeDC132
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2017 410
  • Duration 3 Years

As a prospective journalist, you have a profound sense of curiosity about the world and an ability to analyse and reveal how things work through clear, concise and engaging stories. You have the ability to absorb large amounts of information quickly, to relate facts to the bigger picture, and to work to deadline. You’re excited at the prospect of learning how to tell stories across a range of platforms from social to mobile to broadcast.

A niche of journalism can be found to suit most interests. In all areas of life, from business to politics, from culture to religion, from sports to lifestyles, the public looks to journalism for context. Your aim will be to inform, but can also be to entertain or educate.

DCU’s Journalism degree focuses on three essentials: practical skills such as video, audio and writing for different platforms (digital, social, print and broadcast); knowledge of people, institutions and ethical principles needed as context; and academic studies of law, politics and society to sharpen your critical thinking.

Why do this course?

  • Explore a theoretical understanding of communication, media and society while learning to engage in storytelling across multiple platforms
  • Benefit from production modules in social, mobile, audio, imaging and video
  • Participate in and contribute to the longest running undergraduate degree of its type in Ireland, with a reputation for academic and creative excellence
  • Learn from staff with professional experience in the fields of social, digital, broadcast and print media, academic research and teaching
  • Experience working life through an eight-week internship in a media organisation

Student Voice

The DCU Journalism degree offers a great range of both practical and theory modules that leave students prepared for the changing media industry. The modules were current and relatable to the digital age with modules in MOJO, Data Journalism and Online Journalism, as well as covering the basics such as writing skills and basic law.

The eight week INTRA placement offered by DCU is invaluable as students get to spend time in a newsroom and get their foot in the door of the leading national media outlets.

DCU is the best place to study journalism as the university also has a national award winning radio station and newspaper that allows students to develop their skills and improve their CVs.

After graduating from DCU with a journalism degree, I got a job with the Irish Independent straight away due to my digital skills and INTRA placement.

Catherine Devine, BA in Journalism 2016

Graduate View

@SeanDefoe is a former DCU student, a Mobile Journalist and and a Senior Reporter for Newstalk. He can also be heard on Today FM and a network of local radio stations. Mobile journalist. Here he talks about his experience in the DCU Journalism undergrad course:

About the course

The BA in Journalism offers some scope for specialisation with optional modules, but every student takes the same broad range of core modules in their three years.

An essential element of the final year of the course is an eight-week placement in a media organisation where you’ll trial your abilities in the working world. Every journalism student must complete a relevant work placement arranged or approved by DCU.

View the current course structure →

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

 

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

 

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

 

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Careers

Your ability to write clearly, quickly and accurately, and to process information speedily will equip you for a wide range of careers, not just those in journalism.

Today most media employers expect new recruits to be skilled in video and audio production, reporting, social media engagement, web design, writing, presenting and producing, in all media formats. DCU's BA in Journalism has been designed to produce such multi-skilled graduates.

Your communication skills and critical thinking will also be valuable in the public service, in non-governmental organisations, in public relations, in the commercial sector, and in organisations connected with international development.

Job titles for graduates include:

  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Presenter
  • Producer
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Sub-editor

In these areas

Requirements

Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H4 in English

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level C English

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas.

Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

EU School Leavers/FETAC Level 5: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) www.cao.ie by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

 

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to the 1st July. All non-EU candidates are advised to apply early as places are limited.
 
 

Mature Applicants

Apply through the CAO by 1st February. Applicants must also submit a Mature Supplementary Form to DCU by 1st February.
Advice for Mature-Student Applicants (PDF 51K)
*Mature applicants are asked to submit, along with their other paper documentation, a hard copy of an article of c. 750 words of their own composition, written for a specific publication [published or unpublished]. If the article has been published, state when and in which publication. If the article is unpublished, indicate the newspaper or periodical for which you think your submission would be best suited.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online athttp://www.cao.ie/
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here