Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH109

CAO Points : 331

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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Media Studies engages with modes and technologies of communication, expression, social interaction and performance. Media texts, practices and institutions work through language, sound and images, and our experiences of them take place within specific cultural contexts. Media Studies as a discipline comprises theories and methods for examining and creating media texts and for analysing institutions, audiences and technologies.
Choose this degree if you are interested in
  • Gaining practical experience in a professional studio environment;
  • Hands-on instruction in both digital and audiovisual creative media practice, taught by academics and industry professionals;
  • Engaging in media theory and digital and audiovisual practice modules from the outset;
  • Topics in areas such as television, film, and digital culture, as well as completing independent projects through capstone experiences.
A year of study is 60 credits.
1st year
  • 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)
2nd & 3rd year - choose 1 pathway:
  • 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 and research skills, and a solid grounding in media history and theory. Many seek careers in television, radio, and film production, journalism, research, creative writing, marketing, advertising and public relations. Our students have obtained key professional skills serving as volunteers at the Dublin Web Summit, as crew members on a film production, in community and local radio stations and on live television productions.
Postgraduate options currently include:
  • MA in Gender and Sexuality, MA in Digital Humanities, MA in Sociology: Internet and Society, MLitt and PhD research degrees
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 students should apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. 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 2018.
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 2018 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.

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.
New Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional 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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