M.Sc. in Multimedia
Dublin City University – DC605

1 year full-time

Course Overview

The MSc in Multimedia focuses on the design, content provision and creative authoring of interactive digital media (multimedia) products, services and new media artworks. Combining both practice-based and theory-based learning, the programme addresses how new digital tools, emerging technologies and networks are central to the production and distribution of all media genres and information formats, in the media, the creative and commercial sectors, and in everyday social and cultural life internationally.

Course content

The programme is delivered on a full-time basis over a single academic year. Together with taught modules which are delivered over the course of two semesters, students undertake a team-based major project during the summer months for completion in late August.

The programme is structured to provide a grounding in a wide range of multimedia technologies, applications and creative problem solving approaches to interactive new media products and services. The structure also facilitates students to extend their specialist competencies in video, imaging, sound, web development, animation, project management, multimedia authoring, media enterprise, e-learning and new media installation, in line with their individual interests and orientations.

The programme’s approach to student-centred learning is reflected in the emphasis on team-based projects and assessments, while also providing considerable scope for individual choice.

Career prospects; Further studies

A DCU Multimedia qualification is recognised worldwide and is much in demand in Ireland. There is an enormous diversity of opportunities within the industry. Former graduates are currently employed as web developers, graphic designers, imaging specialists, content writers, advertising creatives, project managers, sound designers and lecturers.

The nature of the businesses for which they are employed ranges from the creative and entertainment industries to e-learning companies, and from universities to the museum and heritage sectors. Students have been recruited by companies such as Martello Media, TDP and EMG in Dublin and a variety of digital media establishments abroad. Students have also formed successful Irish based production companies including Sock Media, NakedTiger and Evoke3.

  • Web Developer
  • Digital Video Specialist
  • Digital Imaging Specialist
  • Interactive Animator/Designer
  • Content Writer
  • Sound Designer
  • Installation Designer
  • Project Manager
  • New Media Artist


This programme is supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) under their Graduate Skills Conversion Programme, resulting in a reduced fee for European Union citizens. This is subject to review each year but in 2012/2013 the fees payable per annum by EU citizens were reduced to €2,750.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to have a second class (2:1, 2:2) or better honours degree. Candidates are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds including humanities, fine arts, visual communication, social sciences, business, journalism, computer application, engineering, new technology & the creative arts. A familiarity with digital software tools is expected.

Candidates should note that an interview is part of the selection process for this programme. Shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be able to book their interview through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website (www.pac.ie). Interview slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. It is not possible to accommodate other interview dates.

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.

Contact details

Mr Karl Grimes