School of Communications

B.A. in Communication Studies (Bachelor Honours Degree)


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CAO Code: DC131
Points Last Year: 420
Duration: 3 yrs
Type of degree: Full-time
Contact: Dr Neil O'Boyle

Understanding the Course:

People, Society, Media - it's a world of communications.

Understanding Communications

Think of the many ways in which we communicate: we communicate with each other (inter-personal communication); companies and public bodies use communications to operate effectively (organisational communication); and to interact with the public (public relations, advertising, information campaigns); and then there's the media, be it news and current affairs or entertainment - that inform us and help us to understand so much of what goes on around us.

The BA in Communication Studies will give you a thorough understanding of the role communications play in local, national and international settings by teaching you how to think critically about communication in its various forms. It will also develop your creative, analytical and problem-solving skills through its production based modules.

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About You:

You have a strong interest in people, the arts and the media. You are creative or very curious about how the world of communications work. You want a degree that teaches you not only how to think critically about the world but allow you to take practice based modules that will ensure you are a multi-skilled and flexible graduate.

If you are enrolling as a mature student, you will have an interest in communications and the sort of life experience that will enable you to contribute as much to the course as you will get from it.

The degree calls for the ability to work as a member of a team as well as the motivation and self-confidence to work alone. At this stage, you may not know what career interests you most and Communication Studies is designed to show you the world of communications to help you decide.

Why should I choose DCU?

The BA in Communications Studies is a tested way of exploring the world of communication while also learning the basics of media production. As the longest running undergraduate course of its type it offers you a combination of academic and media production modules, informed by a theoretical understanding of communication, media and society.

Course Structure:

The purpose of the course is to help you understand contemporary communication theory and practice. In other words, how communication works and how it affects daily life. The course is structured around four key elements: foundation modules, core modules, production modules and optional modules.

The foundation modules in Year One provide a basic grounding in the disciplines you will need for more advanced work in later years. Core modules in Years Two and Three help you develop a critical awareness of developments in the areas of communication, media and cultural studies.

The production modules ensure that you develop skills in audio, video, imaging and communication/presentation skills. With your optional modules, you will develop expertise in a number of key areas that reflect your particular aptitudes and aspirations. The optional (non-production) Research Project in the final year is a piece of original academic work.

The Programme Chair for Communications Studies is Dr Neil O'Boyle

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2016 - 2017)

Why DCU:

Why DCU?

  • Explore the world of communication while also learning the basics of media production.
  • Benefit from a performance strand which runs parallel to the existing production modules in audio, imaging and video.
  • Become a part of the longest running undergraduate degree of its type in Ireland, with a reputation for academic and creative excellence.
  • Learn from teaching staff who possess a broad range of professional experiences developed within the fields of electronic and print media as well as academic research and teaching.
  • Gain employment in key positions in private and public communication institutions, both in Ireland and abroad.

What Our Graduates Say

"From the outset I had a brilliant experience with DCU. Even though I have just recently finished the degree, I feel an enormous sense of accomplishment - along with my academic achievements, my confidence has grown. Three years ago I was procrastinating, weighing up different degrees and their possible outcomes but I never could have imagined the course of events or the journey I've just been through, of which I'm extremely grateful to DCU for facilitating. I'm beyond happy with how far I've come and what I've achieved, it's been a super experience and I'd encourage anyone considering Communication Studies to get on board and enjoy the adventure." Michelle Burnett, BA in Communication Studies 2013

"After completing the BA in Communication Studies, I realise that I have learned so many things. Besides my own academic and technical achievements, I have also realised many of my personal goals and aspirations. I have changed throughout the three years and have grown as a person. This is not an exaggeration! If you would like to do a course where you can bring your own life experience to the table and learn from an amazing group of students and teachers alike, this is for you. This course was everything I was hoping for and so much more!" Mark Devine, Mature Student, BA in Communication Studies 2011

"There is one course in Ireland that offers not just an academic education, but also professional and personal growth. From developing your own photos to scriptwriting, performing, public relations and current affairs, there is something for everyone. Your talent is there to be used, so explore your imagination, originality and creativity with the BA in Communications. Nobody has ever regretted taking this course." Jackie Fox, BA in Communication Studies 2011

Career Prospects:

There are many exciting employment opportunities in the public and private sectors. These include work in media and independent production companies, advertising, public relations, market research, publishing, event management, arts administration, government services and local administration. The degree also provides a strong foundation for further study.

Future Careers

  • Media producer
  • Advertising executive
  • Public Relations manager
  • Event manager
  • Research consultant

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

HC3 English

GCE A Level
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

GCE A-Level C English


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Transfer Applications
Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6 Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas. Such students may be exempt from certain modules.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations:

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU:

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

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