Higher Diploma in Christian Communication and Media Practice

Students are trained by media professionals in the management and technical aspects of media production

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Students are trained by media professionals in the management and technical aspects of media production


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The Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Communication and Media Practice is delivered through Kairos Communications Ltd. Founded almost 40 years ago, the Kairos moved into television broadcasting and has created hundreds of hours of religious, social and corporate productions for a diverse range of clients and companies.

Kairos Communications operates its training, teaching and production work from a suite of offices and purpose built facilities in its buildings on the Moyglare Road opposite Maynooth University’s North Campus. You will have access to a large array of practical resources, both in terms of camera equipment, sound devices, computer hardware and software. All equipment is sourced and serviced by our onsite technical personnel.

The company has a large television studio with a production gantry, lighting and engineering room and audio control room and also has a full broadcast spec multi camera Outside Broadcast Unit, a radio studio complex, a large seminar room, classrooms and two fully equipped computer labs.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Communication and Development is awarded on the successful completion of one year’s full-time study.

Aims and Objectives

  • The aim of the Postgraduate Programme is to deliver a comprehensive syllabus of media skills, with specific regard to religious and social affairs.
  • It is designed to equip a student with practical competencies in key areas required for working in a contemporary professional media environment.
  • The programme is structured to engage with religious and social affairs through the medium of the media. To this end, it will offer practical, relevant and expert training in mainstream and new technologies, while attentive to the cultural needs and priorities of religious and social affairs.

Students are trained by media professionals in the management and technical aspects of media production so that they will carry from the course immediately usable technical skills. In addition, they are introduced to theoretical and practical perspectives, which will equip them with the conceptual tools and the framework of knowledge to develop a critical understanding of the context of media, their operations and their applications.


On successful completion of the programme, the graduate should be able to:

Demonstrate an analytic knowledge of the constitutive elements of media production.
Display a knowledge of theories of communication, including the philosophy, theology, ethics and spirituality of communication

Engage sensitively and critically with religious and social affairs, by way of the process of media production and theoretical reflection.
Identify self-understandings of religious communities and trends with society.

Know-How and Skill
Equip students with an industry entry level competence in media technologies, both mainstream and digital.
Identify, gather and analyse material from a specified range of sources.

Generate mainstream and social media products on specific themes.
Demonstrate competence in technical and production skills.
Communicate values and ideas to contemporary audience in a creative and innovative manner.
Critically reflect on the context of media, their operations and applications.
Demonstrate a capacity for creative innovation in traditional or contemporary media forms.

Develop critical evaluation skills in relation to mass media.
Initiate and complete variety of media productions in a leadership capacity or working collaboratively as part of a team.

Learning to learn
Complete learning tasks purposefully, ethically and to professional standards.
Collaborate effective within groups in completing projects.
Show a capacity for reflective practice

Value the subjects at the centre of media production.
Articulate the ways in which theory and practice may be integrated.
Critically appraise practices and identities of religions and society.
Critically appraise media representations and practice from the point of view of ethics, professional practice and the law.

The assessment is continuous and is designed to facilitate learning in both knowledge and skills areas and to provide independent validation of standards achieved appropriate to the course objectives and in line with national and international norms.

The course includes a taught element, with lectures and major essays which will be due for submission at the end of the first and second semesters, and the completion of several production projects throughout the year.

The taught element of the course will account for a total of 60 credits, with the academic modules providing 15 credits and the production projects accounting for 45 credits.

Students will take a total of 60 credits, 30 credits in both semesters one and two. All modules are compulsory. All taught modules will be evaluated through continuous assessment and/or by production or essay assignments at the end of each semester.

Credit Weighting:
7.5 Credits per Major module

5 Credits per Mid module

2.5 Credits per Mini Module

Career Outcomes

Taught by media professionals, the program will provide students with a strong practical knowledge of a wide range of media practice such as camerawork, editing, TV Studio, Live Radio production, presentation and social media engagement. Participants will learn through intensive hands-on experience, and will develop technical and practical skills which will be highly transferable in the ever changing employment market.


On completion, students may progress to Level 9 programmes on the National Qualifications Framework. QQI validation also allows for recognition in Europe and beyond.

Course Structure

Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

Grade 2:2 in a primary degree or equivalent qualification, or a suitable professional qualification with experience in the field of media or theology. Applications are also welcome from candidates who do not fulfill the above requirements but who have a demonstrable interest in media, theology, or social justice, following an interview.

(Code - MU526)

Contact Kairos Communications:

Address: Moyglare Road, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (1) 6286007
Fax: +353 (1) 6286511
Email: info@kairoscomms.ie
Website: kairoscomms.ie

If you live outside Ireland, check out our dedicated area for international students.

Let’s talk

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For Postgraduate queries: email pgadmissions@spcm.ie.

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