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Course Details

Course Code: GDJOURTFAD

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.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr Fergal Quinn
Address:
School of English, Irish and Communication
Email:
fergal.quinn@ul.ie
Tel:
+353-61-233670
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Brief Description

The MA in Journalism aims to equip graduates with the high-level research skills essential to all kinds of journalism, a solid appreciation of the ethical and legal issues in the profession and a critical understanding of how the media operates. Students will also gain practical experience of what it feels like to work as a journalist by completing assignments to deadline while on the course.

The MA in Journalism is a one year full-time, or a two year part-time programme. The course teaches professional skills vital to all journalists entering the ever changing multimedia work place. These skills include: news and feature writing; broadcasting; multimedia journalism; interviewing; investigative reporting and research methods. The application of these professional skills to print, broadcasting and multimedia journalism, will be a major part of the course. The students will also examine the role of journalism in society and study media law. They will get an opportunity to hear leading Irish and international media commentators discuss current affairs. Students who complete this course will have developed excellent oral and written communication skills; they will have good research and editing skills and will be able to manage their time efficiently to meet deadlines. These students will also have developed a great awareness of the role of the journalist and the media in society and be critical consumers of the media. Graduates of this course will be trained to work as journalists and researchers in the multimedia world

The course aims to

  • equip graduates with the high-level research skills essential to all kinds of journalism,
  • provide students with a solid appreciation of the ethical and legal issues in the profession and a critical understanding of how the media operates.
  • provide students with practical experience of what it feels like to work as a journalist by completing assignments to deadline while on the course.
At Graduate Diploma level, full-time students will take the following modules
Semester 1 Semester 2 
  • Journalistic Writing for News
  • Professional Skills for Journalism and Team Project
  • Introduction to Broadcasting and Media Law
  • Advanced Journalistic Writing (News and Features)
  • Investigating Current Issues in Irish Journalism
  • Researching Media
  • Broadcasting and Multimedia Journalism

The Graduate Diploma will also be available Part-Time over two years.  Students on the Graduate Diploma/MA in Journalism wil be strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of four weeks work experience during the course.

Master of Arts in Journalism

To progress from the Graduate Diploma to the Masters course, students must achieve a second class honours grade two overall and complete a preparatory module for the MA project.

Having satisfactorily completed all modules on the Graduate Diploma, students on the Masters Programme will undertake an individual journalism project (6,000 words), critical analysis of the project (2,000 words) as well as an extended reflective essay (7,000 words).

MA in Journalism, Sport pathway.

The MA in Journalism incorporates a specialised MA in Journalism, Sport pathway option for graduates interested in pursuing Sports Journalism.

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, is being 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. 

**Please specify in supporting statement section of application if you wish to apply for Sports Pathway option

Autumn (Year 1) Spring (Year 1) Summer
  • Journalistic Writing for News
  • Professional Skills for Journalism and Team Project
  • Introduction to Broadcasting and Media Law

Sport pathway(option)

  • Journalistic Writing, Sport
  • Sports Communications
  • Introduction to Broadcasting, Sport
  • Media Law

 

  • Advanced Journalistic Writing (News and Features)
  • Investigating Current Issues in Irish Journalism
  • Researching Media
  • Broadcasting and Multimedia Journalism

 

Sport pathway(option)

  • Advanced Sports Writing
  • Media, Sport and Society
  • Advanced broadcasting, Sport
  • Researching Media
 
 

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma 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. Non-native speakers of English should have achieved an IELTS score of 6.5 by the time of 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!”