By Eimear Rabbitte, DIT Intern

One of Dublin's most prestigious Universities have announced the availability of Master courses for prospective students.

DCU's MA in Journalism and MBA in Marketing are awards funded in the memory of Investigative Journalist Veronica Guerin and the former managing director of the Irish Daily Star and the Irish Daily Mirror, John Thompson.

The Veronica Guerin bursary will be awarded to a student applying for the masters in Journalism with a specific interest in Investigative Journalism, while the aim of the John Thompson Media and Marketing Scholarships are to encourage connections between journalism and marketing.

The closing date for applications for the Veronica Guerin Bursary is Wednesday, 14th April 2010. Applicants must propose an outline for their final thesis/major project that is on a topic or in a format relevant to the memory of Veronica Guerin.

The successful candidate for the scholarship will have a place reserved for them on the Masters course once they meet all the requirements for the entry to the programme. Investigative Journalist Veronica Guerin, who was murdered on June 1996, served as a member of the governing body of NIHE/DCU from 1982 to 1992.

The Bursary award scheme was introduced in 2007. Each bursary provides a sum of 8,500 for successful applicants and is intended to meet the cost of fees and some part of the general expenses relating to a masters course.

The John Thompson Scholarship programme was established in 2008 to honour the former chief executive of Associated Newspapers Ireland. The scholarships are available to support master's students of journalism and of marketing and to help them prepare for the changing world of publishing. They reflect the strongly held beliefs of Thompson that the two principles are integral to the media industries and reinforce each other.

The University is looking for capable graduates of journalism, media or communications to undertake the MBA in Marketing at Dublin Business School and a business studies graduate to undertake the MA in Journalism at DCU school of communications

Applications for these scholarships are open to graduates of all recognised higher institutions in Ireland and will cover fees and some expenses for two students each year to undertake master's programmes at Dublin City University.

As well as meeting the academic requirements, selected applicants will need to demonstrate their interest and ability to combine understanding in business and in media. Completed applications, including a CV and a statement of motivation and suitability for the scholarship, should be returned to Mary Nulty (details below) by noon, Wednesday, 31 March 2010.



Postal address:

Mary Nulty,
School of Communications,
Dublin City University,
Dublin 9