Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH109

CAO Points : 324

Closing Date : 01 July 2022

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Media Studies engages critically and practically with the nature of media, a vital skill in an era of fake news, selfies and viral videos, and where media industries are constantly expanding.

You will study the foundations of media design and production and interactive storytelling, how to research and analyse media cultures, genres and industries, and the role of media in society and politics.

Students engage in independent and group projects to develop their media practice and have a flexible range of optional modules to expand their critical understanding.

Media Studies can be combined with Computer Science to develop a broad expertise in Media Technologies.

Why choose this degree?

  • To gain practical experience through hands-on instruction in creative media practice.
  • To learn about the impact of a range of media forms in society, culture and politics.
  • To broaden your educational experience by studying Media Studies along with Arts subjects (such as languages, business, social sciences, computer science).
A year of study is 60 credits. Media Studies students:
  • gain practical experience through hands-on instruction in both digital and audio-visual creative media practice.
  • learn about the impact of a range of media forms in society, culture and politics.
  • broaden their educational experience by studying Media Studies along with Arts subjects (such as languages, business, social sciences, computer science).
  • 30 credits of Media Studies theory and practice modules
  • Choose up to 2 additional Arts subjects (or Critical Skills) from groups 1-5 (max 1 per group). The only compatible double subject is Mathematics (Pure).
  • Media Studies as a Double Major or Major/Minor with 1 of your 1st year subjects
  • Optional 10 credit Electives in 2nd year

Students may apply to study overseas after 2nd year (on Erasmus or Study Abroad) and graduate with a BA (International) after 4 years. See the International Studies website for details.

Course Duration: 3 years (BA) or 4 years (BA International)

Graduates emerge with practical production and research skills, and a broad understanding of media dynamics.
Many seek careers in television, radio, and film production, web design, media research, social media marketing, advertising and public relations.
Our graduates have taken up positions at RTÉ, Virgin Media, Microsoft, BBC One and in marketing departments of large corporations. Others have become independent creative professionals in web design or film-making.
Postgraduate options currently include:
> MA in Critical and Creative Media, MA in Sociology: Internet and Society, MLitt and PhD research degrees.
Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 N/A
English Yes N/A H5
Language Yes O6 H7
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature students should apply to the CAO by February 1st 2022. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2022.
A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application. Candidates are shortlisted for interview on the basis of written assessment and also on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2022 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2021

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish & 3rd language & H5 English required.
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Click here for details about optional Critical Skills courses, Electives and degree pathways. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.



The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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