BA (Hons) Journalism – Full-time

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DBS Journalism

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 that will develop the students ability to think critically about journalism, home and abroad.

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, teamwork and workplace skills. It will develop 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 a solid digital journalism skillset which will allow them to gain employment in the online media marketplace.

Course Content

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

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Core Modules

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

Core Modules

Media Law and Ethics

Layout and Design

Multimedia Journalism

Feature Writing and Freelance Journalism

Employability Skills

Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Public Affairs

Core Modules

Journalism Project

Advanced News and Broadcast Methods

Entertainment Journalism

Journalism Expertise

Employability in Action

Lifelong Learning

Online Analytics

Online Journalism

Magazine Production

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Year 3

Employability in Action

Lifelong Learning: Learning for Life

Year 2

Employability Skills

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Year 1

Learning to Learn

Communication For Personal Success

The DBS Employability Pillar, which runs throughout the duration of the degree, will demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability in ‘real-life’ situations, projects undertaken and how they are applied in different circumstances so that students can take ownership of your own career management. Students will be able to develop realistic career plans and initiate and sustain professional networks and relationships to encourage opportunities for employment and internships. Students will present themselves and their skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs, interviews and voluntary activities. This will enable students to develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

Teaching and Assessment

The BA (Hons) in Journalism degree offers a balance of  practical and analytical tasks with the emphasis on attaining a broad knowledge of the many facets of the discipline. Throughout the course modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, or by coursework alone. Coursework includes essays, written news stories, feature writing, case studies, individual and group presentations, timed shorthand assessments, practical projects and a dissertation.


This is a three year programme. The degree is divided in to three levels and students take the programme in its entirety.

During level one, students are introduced to the basic elements and skills of the working skills of a journalist in addition to a range of cognate disciplines. The routines of journalistic practice are introduced in Basic News Reporting which teaches students how to structure and write news stories. Students learn foundational sound and vision skills in Introduction to Broadcasting.

In other subjects, they are given a thorough grounding in old and new media history, computer skills, web development, and digital photography. In addition, students also take two modules, Learning to Learn and Communication for Personal Success, which introduces them to the academic conventions of higher education, and core principles of communication. Both are learner-centred modules which develop academic awareness, communication skills, research skills and encourages learner participation.

At level two, students develop their writing and critical thinking abilities and receive training in specialised areas including feature writing / freelance journalism, shorthand, copy-editing, design and layout. In addition to production skills at Level 2 students develop their understanding of the media landscape, dealing with subjects such as Public Affairs and the legal and ethical dimensions of modern media. Students also get the opportunity to learn more about the multimedia requirements of the modern journalist.

At level three,students will be in a position to consolidate the knowledge they have gained so far. Advanced news and broadcast journalism techniques are taught, and specialist areas such as magazine, entertainment and social media reportage are also examined. New media journalism is covered in year three with the complementary modules, Online Journalism and Online Analytics. Students also undertake a final year project which allows them to explore a detailed journalistic investigation of their choosing.

Career Opportunities

This degree prepares students for a wide range of careers in newspaper, magazine, broadcast and new media, as well as other professional positions in communications, marketing and public relations. Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of media-related careers.


The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Journalism are €5,650 per annum.

For a full list of Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 2016/2017 click here.. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.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.

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 before the closing date. Late applicants to CAO will be charged €80 for paper applications and €50 for online applications.

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) 
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: Level 8 
Award Title: 
BA (Hons) Journalism
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB565

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