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Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 4th
1 Helpful votes.
Student Type Traditional
From Dublin
Social Life

Why did you choose to study in this college?

It looked to cater for and specialise in the areas I wanted to work in in the journalism industry.

Are you happy with your choice of course?


On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

It was the right one for me as it focused on print journalism. Although there are modules for radio and tv there is definitely a print/broadsheet bias. Writing modules are not available every semester. This is a big downside for a lot of people. Also, with little hours involved for lectures a lot of very irrelevant modules are put together. Modules like research methods in the first semester were a waste of time and thought us nothing in relation to journalism. Lecturers for the most part are good apart from some who are taken from the industry and are subsequently expected to be qualified to lecture. This is not always the case and angers a lot of students.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?


Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?


Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

Continuous assessment

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?


What are your favourite aspects of your course?

The hands on assignments given in first year. The facilities and equipment you are given are also very good.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

No consistent writing modules which would be a great help, the 'filler in modules' which teach us little or nothing to do with journalism.

Was your course what you expected?


What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

Nothing. I was well informed at a talk given on the open day. Attending this would be advisable.


The library is one of the best around. Good facilities, wide range of books, good opening hours and express stations easy to use.

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Please rate your course in terms of workload

Similar to other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?


If yes, please name the societies

Journalism society PRO. Was not involved much last year but on the committee for next year.

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

Relevant to my course. Talking to people working in journalism and socialising with my course friends outside hours.

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How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?


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How would you recommend this college to a friend?

Very highly for reasons already mentioned. As a college it has a great atmosphere, facilities and some fantastic courses available.

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