Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Digital Communication From University of Limerick
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Digital Communication

University of Limerick

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Program Overview

Journalism is an important, exciting and dynamic field. It tells us about ourselves. The platforms through which we tell our stories are evolving, and in UL we offer students a chance to engage with and deliver stories across all digital and social media platforms. We help develop real-world practical and critical thinking skills in students so that their journalism is informed by a balanced sense of justice, accuracy and life-experience. Over the four years our students will:
 

  • Produce their own radio reports and TV bulletins, in our state of the art studios
  • Work on the awarding winning Limerick Voice news website, social media platforms and local newspaper 
  • Produce and design an online magazine
  • Work with the latest digital publishing and editing software programmes including Adobe Audition, Final Cut Pro and Indesign
  • Use social media to self-publish and promote work
  • Learn key fact-checking and online verification skills
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  Location

LimerickIreland

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  Course Duration

48 Months

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  Tuition Fee

 12,800

 Score

IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

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We provide a range of core practical modules designed to produce leading multimedia journalists capable of working across all digital platforms.

Our journalism subjects include:
 

  • Radio and Television broadcasting
  • Writing and publishing for digital media
  • Social Media and Society
  • Interviewing and Reporting
  • Sports Journalism
  • Magazine Journalism
  • Limerick Voice news website and newspaper production


Our lecturers combine academic expertise with significant professional industry experience in a number of national and international news organisations, including The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, Ireland’s state broadcaster RTE and The Cambodia Daily International. Our adjunct professors include Fergal Keane, BBC Africa Editor. In a special seminar series, editors, correspondents, reporters and other media-interested professionals visit the University of Limerick to talk to journalism students about the media industry and employment opportunities. Our four-year programme includes a six-month work placement opportunity in a national or regional news organisation and an international study abroad placement.

Year 1

Semester 1
 

  • Introduction to Journalism and Writing for News
  • Introduction to Digital Media
  • Gov & Politics of Ireland


Elective:
 

  • Choose Two from Economics, English Literature, History, Law, Politics, Sociology or Language Studies†


Semester 2
 

  • Sub-editing and Design 1
  • Radio Journalism
  • Writing for New Media


Elective:
 

  • Choose Two from Economics, English Literature, History, Law, Politics, Sociology or Language Studies†


Semester 3
 

  • TV and Digital Broadcasting
  • Interviewing & Reporting
  • Magazine Journalism (core elective)
  • Media Law
  • Sociology of Media


Elective:
 

  • Choose one from English, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Sociology, or Language Studies


Semester 4
 

  • Journalism and writing 2: breaking news and features
  • Sports Journalism (core elective)

    OR
     
  • Social Media and Society
  • Analysing Media Discourse


Elective:
 

  • Choose one from English, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Sociology, or Language Studies


Year 3

Semester 5

 

  • External


Semester 6
 

  • External Academic Placement


Semester 7
 

  • Investigative Journalism
  • Limerick Voice Digital News Project 1
  • Individual Journalism Project 1
  • New Media, Language and Globalization


Elective:
 

  • Choose one from English, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Sociology, or Language Studies


Semester 8
 

  • Limerick Voice Digital News Project 2
  • Individual Journalism Project 2
  • Media Challenges in the Digital Age
  • Broadcast Week


Elective:
 

  • Choose one from English, Economics, History, Law, Politics, Sociology, or Language Studies

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:

Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades

or

Four H7 (Higher Level) grades.

Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
     
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
       
  2. Citizenship
     
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
       
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
     
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:
 

  • Copywriter
  • Data Entry Server
  • Development Researcher
  • Digital Media Editor
  • Digital Operations Specialist
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Fashion Intern
  • Journalist
  • Media Assistant
  • Newsreader
  • Online Journalist
  • PR Intern
  • Reporter
  • Reporter/Subeditor
  • Researcher
  • Staff Writer

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