Entry Points (2022)

Course Overview

The BA Global Media is an exciting new programme being launched by NUI Galway in 2021. The  programme aims to give you a robust and challenging university experience, introducing you to a range of areas such as interactive web media, data, media production, journalism and film studies. It will also give you a critical understanding of the changing global media environment and an insight into the role of the media in a globalised world.

Various modules will also examine how society exchanges information through communication in democratic societies, as placed within historical and theoretically-grounded contexts.

With platform convergence, and a dissolving of the walls between information and entertainment media, the study of media and communication – in particular with a focus on international issues such as social media; globalisation; populism; digital literacy; data; verification and mis-information – has resonance with university applicants interested in undergraduate degree programmes with a focus on the media and communication studies.

Galway has a vibrant media sector both on-campus and off-campus with strong media production, film and television companies based in the West of Ireland as well as a student run radio station, Flirt FM, on campus.

Study abroad and work placement opportunities will be provided in the third year of the programme. The programme will create graduates with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and professional capacity. You will study Global Media alongside another Arts subject and you will be able to tailor your exit options depending on subject choice.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2022)


Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

5 (More Info)

Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

You will undertake a set of core modules each year and you will be able to choose elective options in journalism and media production; interactive web media; or film studies. Quotas apply for elective choices.  

Year one

• Digital Literacy
• History of Media
• Introduction to Media and Communication
• Web Media 101

Year two

• Power without Responsibility
• Online and Social Media: Theory and Practice
• Understanding Media Audiences
• The Golden Age of Television

 Choice of:
• Media production [10cr]
• Interactive Web Media [10cr]
• Film Studies [10cr]

Year Three

•Study abroad/Erasmus and/or work internship

Year Four

• The Contemporary Irish Media: Policy, Politics and Practice since 1922
• Media Research Methods
• Media Law and Ethics
• We Need To Talk about Gender, Identity, Race and Sex

Choice of:
• Media production [10cr]
• Advanced Interactive Web Media [10cr]
• Film Studies [10cr]
• Dissertation [10cr]

Assessment will be via a combination of continuous assessment and project work. You may be required to undertake written exams in other Arts modules. Students spend an average of 40 hours a week attending lectures, tutorials and practical classes, and undertaking independent study.

Further Education

You’ll be qualified to undertake further study in a range of MA programmes at NUI Galway, including:

• MA (Journalism)
• MA (Global Media and Communication)
• MA (Film Studies)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

On graduating you’ll be ready to work in a range of media-related roles including in journalism; television and film production; tech companies; the civil and public service; NGOs; marketing and communications; and a wide range of other areas.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in a company such as a media organisation; in a production company; volunteering; in the technology sector; or in the public sector. You can choose to either do a one semester or fullyear internship. The programme will also facilitate students to undertake their own placements internationally.

Study Abroad

You can undertake a semester of Erasmus study in a European University or Study Abroad exchange in a non-EU country. NUI Galway has specific partnerships with universities, including in Sweden, Spain, Austria, the USA and Canada. If you are undertaking a modern language as part of your degree you are expected to spend at least a semester studying in that language.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,416 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€3,276 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€18,140 p.a. 2022/23

EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy** €140.  **Payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

Find out More

Fiona McGarry, Lecturer
Email: Fiona.mcgarry@nuigalway.ie


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