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Journalism MA (incorporating MAJ, Sport)

Course Details

Duration: 1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Fergal Quinn
School of English, Irish and Communication
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Brief Description

The MA in Journalism (incorporating the MAJ, Sport) provides cutting edge training in multi-media journalism, with graduates equipped to develop and tell stories across broadcast, print and other digital platforms. As well as an enhanced knowledge of law, ethics and a critical awareness of how the media operates, our MAJ, News and MAJ, Sport students get the opportunity to network with key figures in the Irish media industry through regular workshops and talks on campus.

The global media industry has undergone a period of rapid transformation in recent times, with a parallel growth in public desire for high quality journalism. Being a good journalist in this context requires a nose for a story but also the ability to rapidly manage and produce audio visual, print and social media content.
A Journalism MA degree from UL will fully prepare you for life in a fast-paced digital newsroom. Bespoke MA in Journalism, News and MA in Journalism, Sport pathways ensure graduates have the basic skillsets required to do journalism, as well as specialised knowledge in their chosen field.

Our experienced team of professional journalists and research active academics lead a suite of modules focusing on key knowledge areas such as:
  • News writing and reporting
  • Investigative journalism
  • Video and radio journalism
  • Sports and feature writing
  • Public relations and communications
  • Entrepreneurial journalism
  • ‘New’ media’ innovations including data journalism, MOJO, podcasting,
    web publishing and digital verification
  • Media law and ethics
  • Critical media literacy/ analysis plus research methods
MAJ students here in UL can expect to
  • Learn by doing: Our innovative and cutting edge TV and radio newsdays and newspaper production projects facilitate the creation of multi-platform content as part of module assessments, experiencing what it feels like working to real deadlines on real stories, while building a portfolio of work
  • Critically engage: We help you to develop a critical awareness of the societal role of journalism and the broader institutional, organizational and political economic challenges facing the media
  • Enhance employability: Our practical, innovative approach to teaching and assessments, as well as superb networking opportunities through our adjunct professors and visiting lecturers, help ensure you are ‘job-ready’ after graduation

We also guarantee a work placement opportunity for all students in one of our partner media organisations around the country
Prospective students can choose a one-year full-time or a two-year part-time programme with a fixed timetable and blend of online and in-class module delivery. They can exit with a Graduate Diploma (complete taught modules only) or MA (taught modules plus supervised dissertation) qualifications.

MA in Journalism and Graduate Diploma in Journalism:

MA in Journalism full and part time (News and sports pathways) must satisfactorily complete all taught modules on the course before undertaking a supervised dissertation project, which includes Journalism work or Academic research options which is completed in the summer semester of year 1 (for full time) or year 2 (part time).

Those who wish to exit with a graduate diploma option can exit following completion of the taught modules only.

MA in Journalism, News pathway

Autumn semester (Year 1) Spring semester (Year 1) Summer semester (Year 1)
  • Journalistic Writing for News
  • Professional Skills for Journalism and Team Project
  • Introduction to radio journalism
  • Media Law
  • Advanced Journalistic Writing
  • Investigating Current Issues in Irish Journalism
  • Researching Media
  • Broadcasting and Multimedia Journalism
Supervised dissertation project

MA in Journalism, Sport pathway

As well as a grounding in key sports journalism skills, students taking the MAJ, Sport pathway will be trained in sports communication management and will learn about the relationship between sport, the media and society, and how the industry’s professional and social dimension has evolved, including its legal and economic aspects. This course, the first of its kind in Ireland, has been designed and implemented with input from key figures in the sports media industry. Thus, students will receive practical instruction from leaders in the field, along with the networking and placement opportunities that are vital for a career in a fast-evolving industry. 

Autumn semester (Year 1) Spring semester (Year 1) Summer semester (Year 1)
  • Journalistic Writing for News (Sport)
  • Sports communications
  • Introduction to radio journalism  (sport)
  • Media Law
  • Advanced Sports Writing
  • Media, sport and society
  • Researching Media
  • Broadcasting and Multimedia Journalism (Sport)
Supervised dissertation project


Applicants for the MA should normally possess a primary degree in any discipline with at least Second Class Honours Grade 2 (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants should have a high standard of written English. No previous experience in journalism is necessary. However, applicants who have had articles published, or experience in broadcasting should include this in the application. 

What to Upload with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.



Sloane Perron, MA Journalism “To say that I enjoyed the Master’s in Journalism programme at UL would be an understatement since it was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. As someone who had career experience in print media and reporting, I was looking for a programme that would immerse me more into the world of television, radio, social media, and online journalism, and the Master’s programme went above my expectations. The programme balanced journalism theory with real-world projects such as taking vox pops on the streets of Limerick, creating a video documentary and even reenacting a television news programme complete with tv studio, reporters, and an intense deadline. The programme is busy and challenging but I found that only made the experience more reflective of a real-world and fast-paced journalism atmosphere. Personally, my favorite aspect of the programme was working as a cohort. The focus on team work and support was unlike any other programme I have ever experienced, and I felt like I learned just as much from my peers as I did from the faculty. The Masters Journalism Programme at UL was a truly rewarding experience for me.
Upon graduating from the University of Limerick with a Master’s of Journalism, I came back home to the United States where I quickly found work as a Staff Writer for Turley Publications. Today, I am the Editor of Pulse Magazine in Worcester, Massachusetts and I am eager to see where my career takes me next. By balancing theory with real-world practice, I believe that the software and skills I learned from my programme made me much more competitive in the job market. Attending a well-known international university and getting published abroad helped make my journalism work more attractive to U.S. employers”

Fiona Reidy (MA Journalism 2017) "I started the Masters in Journalism at the start of this year, I also play rugby for Ireland so I thought UL was the perfect choice for me to manage a master’s programme while training for the World Cup that will be hosted in Dublin next year. It’s been brilliant so far. Our national regional training centre is based in UL. I earned a UL Sports scholarship so I live on campus student accommodation, everything is on my doorstep; it’s quite handy.
I chose to come back here again because I think UL is a highly recognised institution worldwide and to get a qualification from here is well worth it; the academic standards in UL are quite high. The student academic supports are good too; take the First Seven Weeks programme for new students to the university, its huge for someone who might be struggling or doesn’t know anyone and to give them that extra hand is important.
I studied New Media and English in UL and I always had an interest in journalism; I love to read and write. The main reason I chose to do this programme is that it is only takes one year but it is full on! Modules in our first semester include Professional Skills for Journalism and a team project where we are putting together a newspaper, The Limerick Voice; there is also an online section for that.
There are also modules on Media Law, Introduction to Broadcasting and another writing module: Journalistic Writing for News. It covers everything but you are expected to do a lot of work for The Limerick Voice and the law module is a lot of extra work as well; you have to be prepared to immerse yourself. The academic facilities for this programme are excellent. We have a newsroom equipped with new Mac computers with all the software you need.
I think my employability will be good, there are so many different parts to the course so you get a good foundation and you can go into any element of broadcasting from research to reporting and digital design, anything!”