Media and Journalism COURSES

BA (Hons) in Journalism


Awarding Body:  Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) 
Award Level: Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree)
 Award Type  Major
Course Length: 3 years
CAO Code: DB565 

This degree course in journalism provides a broad general education, both in the major areas covered in the discipline of journalism itself and through the complementary subjects within the Arts programme such as Film, Media Studies, Economics, Literature and Drama. The journalism stream covers the most relevant topics related to the practice of journalism. You will gain practical skills in print, broadcasting and contemporary communication technologies as well as a comprehensive understanding of the general culture in which journalism is practiced in Ireland and Europe. The course also develops communication skills, including knowledge of the Irish Media and contemporary media technology.

This course develops an awareness of both the ethical issues facing journalists and the responsibilities and roles of the journalist in society. The course delivers a range of transferable skills including computing, communication and research as well as theoretical, writing and editing skills.

Our journalism course is designed to provide a qualification that meets the needs of the media industry in Ireland. The course includes the legal and cultural context within which journalism is practiced as well as practical skills.

Aims and Objectives

The programme seeks to provide students with the combination of key journalistic skills, a broad knowledge and understanding of professional practice, and the personal knowledge and flexibility that will allow them to successfully find employment in a number of industry areas. The overall aim of the programme is to achieve three general objectives:

  • To provide students with a broad range of journalistic skills and intensive training in a number of key media areas
  • To provide students with the knowledge and understanding of professional practice that will allow them to operate effectively within the industry or related industries
  • To provide students with the Arts foundation which will allow them to become flexible, reflective and self conscious practitioners of journalism

Programme Content

The BA (Hons) in Journalism programme has the following content.

Year 1
  • Digital Photography
  • Introduction to Broadcasting
  • Ireland’s Media
  • Information Technology for Journalism
  • Web Development
  • Communication for Personal Success
  • Learning to Learn
  • Basic News Reporting
  • Digital Media History
Year 2
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Layout and Design
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Feature Writing and Freelance Journalism
  • Employability Skills 
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Shorthand
  • Public Affairs
Year 3
  • Journalism Project
  • Advanced News and Broadcast Methods
  • Entertainment Journalism
  • Journalism Expertise
  • Employability in Action
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Online Analytics
  • Online Journalism
  • Magazine Production


The BA (Hons) in Journalism degree features a range of practical, theoretical and professional subjects explored and developed over three levels, with integral opportunities or personal and intellectual skills development.

During level one, students are introduced to the basic elements and skills of the working skills of a journalist. During level two and three they build upon those core skills and diversify into other areas. By level three, students will be in a position to consolidate the skills and knowledge they have gained so far and can then choose to specialise in areas of their choice, e.g. print or broadcasting, sports journalism, business journalism or the culture of women’s magazines. In total, they complete sixteen journalism core modules over the three levels. All students take the programme in its entirety. Level three has a major year-long project associated with it.

Career Opportunities

The unique combination of skills and academic subjects on the course offers students a wide range of career choices. As well as opportunities within print, radio and television journalism, many journalism graduates find careers as producers in radio and television, or as sub-editors designing and producing newspapers, magazines and other publications in paper and digital formats. These jobs are becoming more and more significant in journalism generally. Graduates will have a level of education and skills that will prepare them for employment in media and a variety of other areas.


The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Journalism are €5,400 per annum.

You can view all DBS Full Time Undergraduate Fees 2014-15 or why not contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations. Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €2,000 and up to €7,000.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code  

Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Please read our information form for advice on completing the CAO application.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. 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 any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.   

EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person: 

(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

There is a standard application fee of €40 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form, or €25 if submitting an online application to CAO before 20th January. Late applications to CAO will be charged €50 for online and €80 for paper applications.



DBS Open Evening

Now accepting applications for Autumn 2016

We are now accepting applications for all programmes commencing Autumn 2016. 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