Third level


Fetac level 5 in broadcast journalism, LCFE

Length: one year

Points: N/A

Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE) offers a level 5 course in broadcast journalism and media studies which can then be built on with more fetac courses in journalism.

The college has made a significant investment in equipping two state-of-the-art radio studios, resulting in a particularly well-resourced programme.


Bachelor of honours in TV, Radio and New Media Broadcasting at IT, Tralee

Length: four years

Points: 325

Focus on hands-on learning and project work which will conclude in a level 8 degree after four years.


MA in journalism and public relations, Griffith College

Length: one/two years

Fees: €7,600

MA in journalism and public relations is a course run by Griffith College Dublin (GCD), Dublin. It is a ‘classroom-based’ course with a duration of full-time one year/part-time two years. MA in journalism and public relations gives a course qualification of master’s degree.

Learning on the job

BBC trainee scheme

The BBC journalism trainee scheme opens for applications every year. It is highly competitive to enter but provides a gold standard training base for aspiring journalists, and provides a guaranteed salary. You do not have to have a third level qualification to enter but some experience is helpful.

Local radio stations/newspapers

A great way to learn on the job is by calling your local radio station or newspaper and asking it they would be willing to give you some experience. You’ll get a feel for a job in media and if it’s for you.

The above are just suggestions and more options can be found online or directly from colleges.

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