Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH109

CAO Points : 371

Closing Date : 01 July 2023

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On the BA Media Studies, you’ll combine creative and practical storytelling with the development of your critical understanding of media, a vital skill since media industries are constantly expanding with new platforms emerging each year and new issues materialising like fake news.

  • You’ll get to research and analyse media cultures, genres and industries as well as the role of media in society and politics, and then you’ll apply this in your practice of media design and production and interactive storytelling.
  • You’ll develop your employability and professionalism through your exploration of media and cultural industries and working lives.
  • 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).


You’ll engage in TV production, interactive storytelling and the study of media theories. You’ll also be able to choose specialist topics such as TV studio production, mobile
journalism, scriptwriting, advertising, media and gender and media and politics among others.

You’ll get to choose what capstone project you do: short film  production or digital team project. You’ll  also develop your  employability by engaging in professional development modules that help you prepare for the working world. And you can take a number of specialist modules like live radio, global cinema, media law, podcasting and authorship in film and TV among others


  • 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 a range of practical, critical and transferable skills that enhance their employability in areas including: film, television and radio production; web and graphic design; content creation; social media; marketing, PR and communications; media research; IT.

Our graduates have taken up positions at RTÉ, Virgin Media, BBC One, Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films, Microsoft, Accenture, BBDO, Version1. In addition, graduates have become independent creative professionals in web-design, film-making and content creation.

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 H7
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 applicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time/flexible degrees the mature age is 21. Late application (for existing CAO applicants) accepted up to 1st May 2023.

Click here to be taken to our mature applicant information page - tab 3 on that page outlines application steps for this degree.

Mature applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests that may be required, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2023 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 2023

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.

The Maynooth Education

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.

Contact the Access Office for more information about these access routes.



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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