Postgraduate Programmes

MA Journalism

The MA Journalism is designed as an intensive 12-month programme that focuses primarily on practical skills as well a high level of contextual understanding. Students undergo weekly news assignments across multiple platforms including print, online, broadcasting and social media. The programme immerses students in both traditional reporting skills as well as new digital media training in social newsgathering, content verification, SEO, audience development, podcasting, ‘MoJo’ and data journalism. Broadcasting training takes place in our new digital radio studios, and our state-of-the-art 4K 'TewTek' television studio.  Students are fully trained in media law and media ethics is a core part of the programme. Students can complete an internship with a media organisation in the Summer, as well as a final practical project, a documentary, or an academic dissertation. NUI Galway is also piloting an exciting new ‘Journalism Innovation’ module in 2019, where students work on real-world news start-up and pitch to a ‘Dragon’s Den’. Find out more here.

MA Global Media and Communication

The new MA Global Media and Communication launched in 2020. The programme aims to prepare graduates to work as professionals in the global media and communications industries with a specialism in a chosen area. It will focus on fostering a critical understanding of the changing global media environment and on preparing graduates who will have an insight into the role of the media and how society exchanges information through communication in democratic societies, as placed within historical and theoretically-grounded contexts. Graduates will be trained with professional communication and production skills to work as professionals in the industry, across multiple platforms. Students will take a dual approach to their studies, being exposed to academic knowledge and understanding as well as practical skills and reflective practice. Students will have an opportunity to further specialise and develop a niche in a subject area of particular interest via a choice of elective streams as follows:

  • Social Media and Digital Technology
  • Business and Financial Communication
  • Climate Action, Sustainability and STEM Communication (from 2022–23)
  • Humanitarian Communication and Human Rights (from 2022–23) 

Find Out More here.