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Journalism at UL

Journalism Programmes

The University of Limerick offers dynamic and vibrant degree programmes in journalism, offering cutting edge print, broadcasting, multimedia and social media training to students. Our faculty of working journalists and academics have extensive professional media experience and strong links with the industry.

This ensures not only a high standard of education, but also greatly assists students in getting their work published and broadcast. If you want to study journalism, choose UL. It's not an ordinary career, so it's not an ordinary degree.

We offer two major programmes of study

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Digital Communication for undergraduates
  • MA in Journalism (incorporating the MAJ, Sport)/Graduate Diploma in Journalism for postgraduates


Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Digital Communication: Course Code LM039

This four-year programme offers undergraduate students a comprehensive range of professional practice and academic modules, to prepare them for the constantly changing multi-media world.

The programme will enable the student to develop the excellent research and writing skills required of journalists, as well as an understanding of the media’s roles in contemporary society.

Throughout the programme, the students will study core journalism modules, including: News Reporting; Feature Writing; Radio & Television Journalism; Social Media; On-line Media Reporting; Investigative Journalism; Media Law; and Newspaper Production.

To complement their professional practice education, the students will also choose from a suite of elective modules in: Economics, Politics, History, Languages, Irish, English Literature, Sociology; and Law. This will help them to build up an expertise in a particular field of journalism, better equipping them to secure employment in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

The programme will involve a significant amount of practical work in print and broadcast journalism, and students will be encourage to actively seek the publication of their work throughout their time at UL.

A unique feature of the BA programme is that it offers students a six-month Co-operative Education work placement in a media organisation.

In the final year the student will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of their work which can be used for presentation to future employers.


Click here to view a video of BA in Journalism and Digital Communication graduate, Denise Calnan, who now works as a journalist with the ‘Irish Independent’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYpoEMg77Og


Click here to view a video of one of the newspapers produced by UL Journalism students
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lpBBnkkgEo&feature=share&list=UUUW1fIRLyvCeZ4e6TefB1xQ


For further information, contact Course Director, Dr Henry Silke or email arts@ul.ie  or henry.silke@ul.ie

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MA in Journalism (incorporating the MAJ, Sport)/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


Click here for additional information: Journalism MA (incorporating MAJ, Sport) | UL - University of Limerick

Click here to view a promotional video for the Graduate Diploma/MA in Journalism programme
http://youtu.be/F9SmeD1TEjM

Click here to view a video on one of the local newspapers produced by UL Journalism students
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lpBBnkkgEo&feature=share&list=UUUW1fIRLyvCeZ4e6TefB1xQ


For further information contact Course Director Dr.Fergal Quinn
Email: fergal.quinn@ul.ie