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This postgraduate 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 Postgraduate Diploma 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. Graduates of the course may progress onto the Dissertation stage to obtain the full MA in Journalism & Media Communications.

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
• Progress to MA
• Choice of Elective Modules

Course Structure

The MA in Journalism and Media Communications is a 90 credit programme consisting of ten taught modules. There are eight mandatory modules on the programme and students also acquire subject specialisations by completing two electives (from a choice of five). Shorthand is also offered on the full-time programme as a noncredit elective.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications programme is a 60 credit programme which consists of the ten taught modules and does not include the dissertation module. The MA in Journalism and Media Communications is assessed mainly through continuous assessment. As assignments are designed to reflect the specific educational requirements of each particular module, they can differ significantly from one module to another (e.g. essays in Sociology of the Media, research proposals in Research Methods; the production of a radio programme/ newspaper article in Writing and Reporting, exercises in layout and design in Newspaper and Magazine Production; presentations in Communications and Audience Theories, etc.)

Core modules:

• Communications & Audience Theories
• Investigative Journalism
• Newspaper and Magazine Production
• Online Media
• Media Law & Ethics
• Research Methods
• Sociology of the Media
• Writing and Reporting

Optional modules:

• Business of Digital Media
• International Political Economy
• Photojournalism
• Sports Journalism
• Video Journalism
• Shorthand

Academic Progression

Graduates of this course have the option to continue their studies in Griffith College with progression onto the dissertation stage of the MA in Journalism and Media Communications.

Career Progression

Through the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications, 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:

• Press Officer and Media Relations
• Social Media Consultant
• Advertising Director
• Web Editor
• Online Campaign Manager
• Public Relations Director
• Head of Communications
• Journalism and Visual Communications Director
• Marketing Officer
• Script Writer




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