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Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Journalism

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5:


  • ETFPX / 5M5158 / 5M18519 Film & Television Production
  • EMPXX / 5M18518 Media Production
  • ERPXX / 5M4511 Radio Production
  • EPJXX Print Journalism
  • 5M2464 Journalism


G20001 / 5N0690 Communications
E20078 / 5N2435 Writing for Journalism
E20008 / 5N1298 Media Analysis 
G20031 / 5N1370 Social Studies


E20011 / 5N0757 Photography
E20076 / 5N2443 Research Skills for Journalism
E20077 / 5N2463 Technical Skills for Journalism
E20137 / 5N1379 Radio Programme Production
E20149 TV & Video Production
E20150 Film Production

Level 6: Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 7 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Journalism is the activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines or news websites, or preparing news for broadcast. This four-year course offers you the opportunity to learn all of the skills you need to work in the media – whether in TV or radio broadcasting, creating content and news online, or producing content for newspapers, magazines or social media platforms.

You’ll learn to research, write, present courses, report on major events, investigate, report on breaking news, edit copy, produce and edit audio and video, report to camera, and interview across platforms. You’ll also gain a critical understanding of the role of journalism in a democratic society.

Subjects include News Reporting, Photo-Journalism, Digital Media Skills, Sports, Crime & Science Reporting, Media Law, News Production, Layout & Design, Broadcast & Online Journalism, Local News Reporting, Radio, and TV Presentation. You’ll work on The Liberty newspaper online and offline, and produce radio and video journalism.

The School of Media publishes and broadcasts student work during the academic year through newspapers, websites, podcasts and courses.

Study Abroad Opportunities

In Year 3, you can study abroad either on Erasmus in Europe or the US, or on exchange courses.

  • Broadcast Journalist (TV or radio)
  • Online Journalist
  • Video Journalist
  • Sports Journalist
  • Radio Presenter
  • Radio Researcher
  • Documentary-Maker
  • Social Media Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Magazine Editor or Journalist
  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Production Journalist
  • Online Community Manager

Your knowledge and skills will be useful in jobs such as Communications or Multimedia Specialist, Public Relations Officer, Publishing Assistant, Advertising Copywriter.
A journalism education will also open up opportunities in fields such as communications, public relations, social media management, online content management, advertising, marketing, digital content production, digital marketing, consumer research, NGOs and charities, the civil service, semi-state bodies.

The overall structure is based around two areas of study: Journalism Practice and Critical Studies.

Journalism Practice

Journalism practice provides a full and thorough grounding in media skills. Students work on reporting, analysis and commentary across online, print, radio, and television. Classes simulate a professional working environment and students learn how to produce magazines, podcasts, online news websites, multi-media packages, radio programs, video packages, photo-journalism, multi-media projects, and data-based journalism.

Critical Studies

Critical studies provide an overview of journalism in its social, political and historical context. Through this aspect of the course students also develop an appreciation of subjects such as politics, economics and law. The aim here is to develop a critical academic approach to journalism, which will facilitate rigorous analysis of journalism practice. Academic and practical aspects of the course are integrated throughout the four years.

  • Academic Writing Media Studies
  • Crime & Science Reporting
  • Digital Media Skills
  • Media History
  • Media Law
  • News Reporting
  • Photo-Journalism
  • Sports
  • Broadcast & Online Journalism Local News Reporting
  • Layout & Design for Print
  • News Production
  • Radio Package
  • TV Presentation

Students work on The Liberty newspaper and website, Clicnews website and develop their TV and radio skills.

Students will continue to produce The Liberty online and offline, and produce radio and video journalism a well as taking courses in journalism research and investigative reporting, data journalism and advanced photojournalism. Critical studies modules will examine globalised journalism, advanced aspects of media law, and documentary studies.

Students work independently on projects including media entrepreneurship and online multi-media project work. Students will complete two major pieces of work, a journalistic project for a selected medium and a journalism related dissertation as well as media management

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

To qualify for Advanced Entry applicants must be currently studying, completing, or have successfully completed, studies at Level 6, 7 or 8 in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or an equivalent, in a related area. You must demonstrate by providing transcripts of results that you have achieved the learning outcomes for each stage you wish to advance past, for example:

  • To enter Year 2 via Advanced Entry, you must demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for Year 1.
  • For entry to Year 3, you must demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for Years 1 and 2.
  • For entry to Year 4, you must demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for Years 1, 2, and 3.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.

On graduation, you can follow in the footsteps of TU Dublin alumni working in RTE, TV3, leading newspapers such as The Irish Times and The Examiner, Today FM, Newstalk, BBC, ITV, CNN, ESPN, Storyful. Or you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

TU Code


CAO Point Range 2023



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

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