The MA is about exploring language in use in a wide variety of real-world situations and contexts (education, politics and wider society). The MA has a strong international focus both in practical terms with the possibility of an overseas semester, as well as advanced language options in English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Spanish, and in theoretical terms reflecting faculty research interest in language and globalisation.
Comparative studies are at the heart of international contemporary literature and cultural practices: Exploring the dynamics of cultural representations in today’s world, looking beyond national borders.
This programme enables students to develop their skills in creative writing through careful consideration of the work of established writers; through study of the elements and formal structures of a piece of creative writing; through assignments that enable students to employ and master strategies for revision and refinement of their work; and through an understanding of the requirements of the submission and publication process. Through coursework students will consider the role of plot, characterization, dialogue, and point-of- view in crafting compelling fiction and drama; they will consider how figurative language, syntax, rhythm and imagery contribute to a poem's meaning; they will learn the different conventions associated with non-fictional forms.
The MA in English provides opportunities and skills for the advanced study of literatures in English, literary and cultural theory, and textual practices. Students will develop expertise in self-directed learning and the pursuit of independent research as they also become familiar with current critical conversations in such areas as Irish studies, migration studies, modernism, postcolonialism, gender and sexuality studies, and early modern studies.
The MA in Ethics in International Affairs is a unique programme that allows students to combine the study of normative and ethical issues with that of empirical aspects of world politics. It is most suitable for students who are interested in applying ethical and normative analysis to contemporary global issues.
The MA in European Politics and Governance provides students with an advanced understanding of how European societies are governed through the complex interaction between public and private actors at different levels of government. Taking a multi-level and governance perspective, it offers a distinctive approach to the study of politics and policy-making in the European Union and its member states.
MA in French enables graduates to perfect their language skills and to study in depth areas of language, literature, culture and society in the French-speaking world. It also functions as an introduction to postgraduate research in the key areas studied.
This MA programme has been designed specifically to cater for students interested in the interdisciplinary study of gender in culture and society. Students can opt for modules offered by several departments in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and may choose to specialise in historical, socio-political or literary / cultural approaches to gender.
This new taught master’s programme takes account of recent changes in Ireland’s economic circumstances. The design of the course reflects Ireland’s increasing integration into, and interdependency with, a constantly changing European Union in which Germany will continue to represent a crucial political, economic and cultural force. The programme also features elements on Austrian culture, on Germany’s interaction with Eastern European cultures as well as the outside perspective of the European Union present in German-language Swiss writing. Beside the European focus, the traditional orientation of post-graduate degrees in German Studies towards literature is expanded by the inclusion of visual and other media texts, in particular film, again exploring the European dimension of contemporary German-language cinema. The programme is run jointly by the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick, and the Department of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
The aim of the programme is to enhance the historical understanding and skills of graduates in history, to extend their capacity for historical research and thereby provide an appropriate basis for advanced research up to, and including, doctoral level.