BA (Hons) in Journalism


Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education & Training Awards Council (HETAC)
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Award Level:
Level 8 (Honours Degree).
Part-time: 4 years (2 evenings per week)
Title of Award:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Award Type:  Major   
The programme is designed to reflect the contemporary journalistic environment providing a grounding in a wide range of disciplines, while maintaining a focus on key journalistic skills. Journalism today retains a concentration on hard news reporting but contemporary publications from broadsheet newspapers to lifestyle magazines have broadened their ranges to cover sports, arts, travel, entertainment, business and opinion among other areas. The BA (Hons) in Journalism programme at DBS aims to reflect this diversity by providing students with a set of key journalistic skills enhanced by a wide-ranging knowledge base.

Key Features of this Programme:

  • To provide students with a broad range of journalistic skills and intensive training in a number of fundamental areas, including reporting and information gathering, news and feature writing, writing for broadcast journalism, copy-editing, layout and design and recording for radio and television 
  • To provide students with the knowledge and understanding of professional practice that will allow them to operate effectively in contemporary media, including training in industry-standard software such as QuarkXPress layout and ProTools sound editing, and an appreciation for the legal and ethical parameters in which they will be working
  • To encourage students to become self-directed and to provide training in working to deadline with the production of the students’ own magazine. This will give students the opportunity to see their work published, along with the first-hand experience of deadline pressures
  • To provide students with the Arts foundation which will allow them become confident and self reflexive practitioners of various forms of journalism.

Programme Content

Level 1  
  • Basic News Reporting 
  • Social Policy - History and Cultural Perspectives I/Social Policy - Historical Perspectives II
  • Information Technology for Journalism/Introduction to Media, Culture & Society
  • Introduction to Broadcasting
  • Understanding the Image
  • Journalism Learning Lab  
Level 2
  •   Exploring Economic Issues/Exploring Political Issues
  •   Shorthand
  •   News Story Analysis/Sub-editing I
  •   Feature Writing & Freelance Journalism
  •   Individuals, Society & the State/Media Law & Ethics
Level 3  
  • Sub-editing II/Speed Skills for Reporters
  • Advanced News & Broadcasting Methods
  • Journalism Expertise/News, Journalism & Conflict
  • Online Journalism
  • Final Year Journalism Project


This programme can be completed in four years, attending classes on 2 nights per week from 6:15 to 9:30 pm. Advice on module selection will be available to all students prior to the commencement of the course.

The programme is divided into three levels, with students commencing the programme at level one and progressing through to level three. The programme is taken in its entirety. 
During Level 1 students are introduced to the basic elements and skills of journalism in addition to a range of cognate disciplines. The routines of journalistic practice are introduced in basic news reporting, which also teaches students how to structure and write news stories. Students learn foundation broadcasting skills such as basic lighting, sound and video recording and are also given a thorough grounding in IT, and photography skills. In addition, students also take the ‘Journalism Learning Lab’ a year long module which introduces the academic conventions of higher education. The learning lab is a learner centred module which develops academic awareness, communication skills, research skills and encourages learner participation.

At Level 2 students develop their writing skills and receive training in specialised areas including feature writing/freelance journalism, shorthand, and copy-editing, design and layout. In addition to production skills at Level 2 students develop their understanding of the media business, dealing with issues such as news story analysis and the legal and ethical dimensions of modern media. Students will also get the opportunity to learn more about political and economic realms of Irish life.

At Level 3 students will be in a position to consolidate the skills and knowledge they have gained so far. They will also have the opportunity to become involved in the production of the student magazine. Advanced news and broadcast journalism techniques are taught and specialist areas such as business, magazine, and sports reportage are also examined. New media journalism is covered in year three and at this level students also study the skills, roles and responsibilities of journalists and the position of the profession internationally. Students also undertake a final year thesis, which allows them to explore a journalistic issue of their choosing in detail.

Career Opportunities

This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, video, public relations and new media industries, as well as other professional and positions in communications, marketing and public relations industries and many different jobs in the arts and the voluntary sector. Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of media related careers, from newspapers and magazines to local radio and television as well as PR.

Dublin Business School has a dedicated Careers and Appointments Services department who work to develop the career prospects of the student body by teaching employment skills to be utilised following graduation and throughout a student’s professional life. The Careers office additionally publicises recruitment campaigns and current vacancies that may be of interest to students.
Additionally, internships and work experience opportunities are developed by our Employer Liaison Officer, with many DBS graduates continuing on to work within the company where they have completed their work placement.

For further information on the DBS Careers and Appointments Services, please visit the dedicated website


You can view all part-time undergraduate arts degree courses fees or why not contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.
All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more have been approved for tax relief purposes. Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €1,375 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only.

Next Steps

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Standard Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

Standard Applicants for the Evening Arts Degree programmes must meet the minimum entry requirements of the College. For Evening Arts Degree programmes the minimum entry requirements are 2 honours in higher level subjects and 4 passes in ordinary level subjects (to include English or another language) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent.  Please forward the relevant documentation or any other second or third level qualifications (original & official English translation where issued in another language) to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

Mature Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

If you are over 23 years of age and do not meet minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a mature student. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as relevant transcripts, a CV and other related documentation to the Admissions Office.  Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s license or passport must also be submitted.



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Now accepting applications for Autumn 2015

We are now accepting applications for all programmes commencing Autumn 2015. Apply online or contact our admissions team for more information by calling 01 417 7500 Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5.15pm or email