MA Journalism & International Affairs

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This unique new porgramme has emerged as a collaboration between UCD and CNN, the world's largest international news organisation.  The primary objective of this initiative is to create a programme that combines theoretical discussions with experiential learning to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of international  news media and the skills to undertake leading roles in that environment.  It very directly connects the classroom to the newsroom, affording collaboration with the news industry and access to best practices in cross-platform journalism and news production.

Careers & Employability

The primary purpose of the new MA is to enhance the career prospects of students  On graduation they will have learned skills to creative and produce multi-media journalism, to think conceptually about newsmaking practices and about their relationship to environments of international affairs.  The MA will enhance students prospects of employability, principally in the international news industry and also in ancillary sectors that value knowledge of international communications.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Applicants do not need to have prior experience in Journalism to enrol in this programme.  It provides an education and training programme for aspiring journalists while also being suitable for those seeking continuing professional development.

MA Journalism & International Affairs (Z364) Full Time
EU/NONEU    fee per year - € 25000

***Fees are subject to change

All available scholarships can be found here:

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·       Non-EU fee rate scholarships:

The MA in Journalism and International Affairs (MAJIA) scholarship will be competitively awarded to students demonstrating exceptional academic or journalistic ability. 

The scholarship comprises a stipend of 10,000 euros payable to successful students after the commencement of their programme.  The scholarship is payable in three instalments each trimester of the academic year.  The scholarship may be used to cover education-related expenses including living expenses and/or tuition fees.  Students will be required to obtain an Irish Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) in order to receive the scholarship.

More information can be found:

An honours undergraduate degree  (NFQ level 8)  in a relevant subject area with a minimum upper second class honours UCD GPA of 3.08 or the international equivalent  is required 

Applicants without the above degree qualification but with extensive work experience in a relevant sector will be considered.  

English Language Requirements - in the IELTS exam an average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version is required . Please see further information here


The following entry routes are available:

MA Journalism & International Affairs (Jan) FT (Z364)
1 Years
Full Time

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Academic references OR professional references
  • Personal statement – explain why you would like to join the programme
  • Either a 300-word thesis proposal – What aspect of international journalism would you like to research and write on in some depth? Do you have something fresh to say about this topic?
  • Or a 300-word multimedia production proposal - What is a story you are passionate about telling the world? Why is your angle on this story unique and how do you propose to tell this story for audiences on multiple platforms?
  • Optional – a sample of your journalism or multi-media work

Following review of above materials, suitably qualified candidates will be shortlisted and invited to interview.

Staged Admissions

As admissions to the MA in Journalism and International Affairs (MAJIA) is highly competitive we operate a staged admissions process. The overall class experience when selecting candidates is considered. Suitably qualified candidates will be shortlisted and invited to interview.

Early application is advisable, as places may not be available if applying later in the admissions cycle.

Eligible applicants may be placed on a reserve list and reviewed in a subsequent stage.

Stage 1 – application received by 6 August 2021

Stage 2 – application received by 1 October 2021