Course Description

MA / Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations

About the Course

The MA in Journalism and Public Relations is a Level 9, QQI accredited programme which runs on a full-time and part-time basis. The course is for people who wish to embark on a career in the fast-changing industry of contemporary journalism and media communications. This course is aimed at individuals who wish to take up employment as communications professionals, specifically within the public relations and communications industries.

Designed and delivered by PR and journalism professionals and full-time academics, the course trains learners for public relations work with clients in the corporate, political and public affairs space. Learners will acquire the skills to conceive, produce and edit their own media content on all platforms including web, social, radio, print and mobile video. The programme has been designed in direct response to the current market requirements for PR professionals to be able to create and implement cross-media content.

This MA programme concentrates on journalism and public relations from the perspective of a PR content creator and strategic planner who has an understanding of the media industry and is able to research, formulate and implement communication plans and strategies. In doing so, it enables learners to realize their creative potential as media practitioners.

The programme allows students with an existing undergraduate degree in a non-journalism or media discipline, to acquire the skills of journalistic writing, production and communication. It integrates critical media understanding with application so that theory is combined with practice. During the course students are challenged in real journalistic situations in print, broadcast and online media and in doing so become aware of a media working environment.

The programme is assessed mainly through continuous assessment. As assignments are designed to reflect the specific educational requirements of each particular module, assignments can differ significantly from one module to another e.g. presentations, reports, essays, proposals etc.


Graduates of this programme are regularly employed as PR practitioners and media content creators in public relations firms and in the press and communications departments of companies and NGOs. Graduates also work as journalists, news researchers and broadcast production managers across web, radio, TV, video and print media. A sample of recent graduates’ job titles include:

 PR Account Executive
 Broadcast Journalist
 Content and Community Manager
 Communications Consultant
 Digital Engagement Officer
 Junior PR Consultant
 Marketing Manager
 News Research Assistant.


The MA in Journalism and Media Communications is a 90 credit programme consisting of eleven mandatory modules. The programme is intended to provide a continuous development experience for learners, in which academic reflection is combined with gaining practical and professional mastery of this dynamic and engaging field.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications programme is a 60 credit programme which consists of the eleven taught modules but does not include a dissertation.

Mandatory Modules:

 Media Law and Ethics
 Research Methods
 Sociology of the Media
 Online Media: Creation, Curation
 Communications and Audience Theories
 Corporate Communications
 Political Communications and Public Affairs
 Public Relations Theory and Practice
 Mojo: Mobile Video Journalism
 Writing and Editing: News, Features, Content
 Radio Production
 Dissertation

Class Times and Location

There are two intakes for this courses, February and September.

Full-time students are expected to be available Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm during the week (although they will not be in class all day, every day).

The part time course runs three evenings per week (6:30 – 9:30pm) – generally Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (although this is subject to change).

For further details on schedules, please contact

CollegeGriffith College Dublin (GCD)
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 8
Course CategoryJournalism, Media
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationPostgraduate Diploma
Awarding BodyQQI
Course Duration1 Year Full-Time/2 Years Part-Time
Course FeeFull-time MA: €8615* (incl. Tuition €8000, Academic Admin €250, Learner Protection Charge €165, QQI Award Fee €200) Part-time MA: Year 1 - €4335 (incl. Tuition €4000, Academic Admin €250, Learner Protection Charge €85) Year 2 - €4535 (incl. Tuition €4000, Academic Admin €250, Learner Protection Charge €85, QQI Award Fee €200) Full-time PGDIP: €6732* (incl. Tuition €6350, Academic Admin €250, Learner Protection Charge €132, QQI Award Fee €200) Part-time PGDIP: Year 1 - €3493.50 (incl. Tuition €3175, Academic Admin €250, Learner Protection Charge €68.50) Year 2 - €3693.50 (incl. Tuition €3175, Academic Admin €250, Learner Protection Charges €68.50, QQI Award Fee €200)
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South Circular Road, Dublin City South, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Eircode: D08V04N

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