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HND in Journalism

Course Code: MJH

Duration: 2 Years


A practical journalism course that prepares you to work across all platforms: print, broadcast journalism, online journalism, mobile journalism and social media. First years get to work in our simulated digital newsroom and our hi-tech radio and television studios.Using the latest software, you will produce the college newspaper which has won a series of SMEDIA awards over the past ten years.

The emphasis is on practical work with work placements in both years. Second years compete to do a fully-funded work placement in Finland. Graduates from this course work as sports journalists, reporters, radio presenters, TV producers, editors of newspapers and magazines and more recently in digital marketing positions that require a grounding in multimedia journalism with advanced social media skills.


  • Practical Skills (Journalism)
  • Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines
  • Radio Journalism
  • Convergent Journalism
  • Writing for Specialist Publications (Sports, Lifestyle, Current Affairs or Entertainment)
  • Page Design and Layout
  • Newspaper Project
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Research Techniques
  • Interview and Presentation Techniques
  • Journalism Studies
  • Career Development
  • Internet Marketing
  • Contextual Studies
  • Special Subject Investigation.


View past students’ work.


Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. Suitable Level 5 or equivalent courses include:

The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+) Applicants must present a portfolio of published/unpublished written work at interview and demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for journalism. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).


HND in Creative Media Production (Journalism)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement


Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction profile may apply for the BA (Hons) Degree in Media Production Management at BCFE. This is a one year top-up degree accredited by DCU.

Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction profile may apply for the BA (Hons) in Broadcast Journalism at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE, a one year top-up degree  accredited by University of Wolverhampton, or for advanced entry into the 2nd year of the BA in Journalism at Griffith College Dublin, Dublin Business School and Independent Colleges Dublin.

Graduates are eligible to apply for Direct Entry to Journalism at DCU and Advanced Entry at DIT on a competitive basis.

Graduates may gain exemptions from one or two years of degree courses in the UK.