BA (Hons) Journalism - Part-time

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps



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 skills. Journalism today retains a concentration on hard news reporting but contemporary publications from broadsheet newspapers to lifestyle magazines have broadened their collective remit to cover sports, arts, travel, entertainment, business and opinion among other areas. The BA (Hons) in Journalism programme at DBS aims to reflect this new diversity by providing students with a set of traditional, and new media, competencies that are enhanced by an up to date, and comprehensive knowledge base.

Aims and Objectives

  • To provide students with a broad range of journalistic skills and intensive training in a number of fundamental areas such as news reporting, feature writing, broadcast journalism, sub-editing, shorthand, digital photography, online journalism, IT and media law.

  • 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 and production methods

  • To encourage students to become self-directed and to provide training in working to deadline with the production of original news stories / features, radio broadcasts and a magazine. This will give students first hand experience of real-time newsroom pressures and deadlines as well as the opportunity to see their work published.

  •   To provide students with an overview of Irish politics, economics, law, media culture and sociology. This will equip them with an understanding of how Irish society is governed, enabling the student to report on topical issues with greater depth.

Course Content

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Core Modules

Introduction to Broadcasting

Basic News Reporting

Social Policy - Historical and Cultural Perspectives I / Social Policy - Historical and Cultural Perspectives II

Introduction to Media, Culture and Society / Information Technology for Journalism

Journalism Learning Lab

Understanding the image

Core Modules

Media Law and Ethics / Individuals, Society and State

Sub-editing I / News Story Analysis

Exploring Economic Issues / Exploring Political Issues


Core Modules

Final Year Journalism Project

Advanced News and Broadcast Methods

Sub-editing II / Speed Skills for Reporters

News Journalism and Conflict / Journalism Expertise

Online Journalism

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.

Teaching and Assessment

The 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 some modules are assessed by examination; others by a combination of assignments and examination, or others by continuous coursework distributed throughout the year. Assignments will include the construction of news stories, radio programmes, websites, features and shorthand speed tests. Other practical projects include the creation of a photographic portfolio, and a final year glossy magazine. in 2014, the DBS journalism magazine won a national student media award.


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.

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

During Level 1 students are introduced to the basic elements and skills of journalism in addition to a range of analytical disciplines. This begins with basic news reporting, which teaches students how to write topical stories. Students then learn television broadcasting skills such as lighting, sound and video recording. At DBS' state-of-the-art radio studio, students also learn on-air techniques and programme production skills. Students will receive a thorough grounding in IT, and digital photography skills. Social policy is also covered, along with a media and cultural studies module. Students attend the Journalism Learning Lab, which is a year long module dealing with academic, communication and researcg competencies.

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 journalism profession, studying modules such as news story analysis and media law.

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 radio programmes and a magazine. Advanced news and broadcast journalism techniques are taught and specialist areas such as business, magazine, and sports reportage are also examined. In Speed Skills for Reporters, students improve their shorthand, typing, IT and copy-editing capabilities prior to graduation. New media journalism is also looked at in year three, and at this level students study the roles and responsibilities of journalists and the position of the profession internationally. Students also undertake a final year research thesis.

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, public relations and the arts. Our graduates have gone on to obtain work in a range of media-related careers, including newspaper, magazine and radio work.


The Course Fees for the BA (Hons) in Journalism are €900 (1 x 10 credit module) / €450 (1 x 5 credit module) per annum.

For a full list of part-time undergraduate arts degree fees click here.

You can also 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 €3,000 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

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.

FETAC Applicants

Minimum admission requirements for graduates of FETAC awards (former NCVA Level 2 or 3) are a full FETAC award in a course in a cognate area with a distinction grade in at least three modules. A full FETAC award normally consists of 8 modules. A full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

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Course overview


Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 8
Award Title: 
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Award Type: Major
4 years (2 evenings per week)

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