The programme meets a demand for postgraduate courses in the specialised area of Media Studies outside the greater Dublin area. Members of the Department of Media and Communication Studies in Mary Immaculate College also supervise a large number of research masters and PhDs. We have a generous assistantship and scholarship scheme and we are more than happy to explore options with potential students from a variety of backgrounds.
The MA in Modern Language Studies places particular emphasis on the acquisition of transferable skills (such as language pedagogy, translation studies, and linguistics) in French, Spanish, or German. The programme provides students with a comprehensive foundation on the methodologies and critical issues surrounding language studies and the cultural and social contexts of the chosen language.
This programme introduces students to key debates about conflict resolution, peacebuilding and processes of economic and political development. A prime objective of the course is to provide individuals with expertise in peacebuilding and development issues and to provide informed and committed personnel to contribute effectively in these areas at a professional level.
The MA in Politics is a one-year, full-time programme that enables students to choose the areas they wish to specialise in within the field of politics. This is a truly flexible programme that enables students to tailor the degree to their own interests, skills and future career plans. The only core modules that the MA in Politics students will be required to complete will be the two research methods modules that are common to all our postgraduate taught degrees. In addition, they can choose any two electives in the first semester and any three in the third.
The Public History and Cultural Heritage MA programme provides a structured academic approach to the practice of history in a public setting through modern models of online learning. This programme has been developed to include a combination of conceptual, methodological and practice-based modules, thus broadening the student’s intellectual and scholarly experience. The programme offers a globally-recognised postgraduate qualification in a cutting-edge area of historical practice and provides opportunities to expand industry/academia partnerships. The online delivery of the programme enables prospective students whether already working in public cultural institutions, or employed in other sectors of the economy, the opportunity to acquire a globally recognised postgraduate qualification. It will appeal to new graduates and history teachers seeking continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. As an online programme it provides prospective students complete flexibility.
The Master of Arts in Serious Crime Investigation is a one-year, full-time programme designed for graduates of the level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Serious Crime Investigation, accredited by the University of Limerick or an equivalent programme. The degree is ideally suited to members of an Garda Síochána who are looking to capitalize on their existing expertise in the field of modern policing and develop an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal issues which surround serious crime investigation.
The MA in Sociology (Applied Social Research) is a one year full time, two year part time interdisciplinary programme. It equips students with valued research and communications skills and a solid foundation in key social issues.
This programme equips students with the skills necessary to engage with contemporary theoretical, policy and practice-related issues relating to work and study with young people in the national and international context of community regeneration.
This MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) has been designed specifically with the aim of providing initial teacher education for those wishing to become teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL; this takes in English as a Foreign Language, EFL, and English as a Second Language, ESL). The programme is designed to accommodate participants in search of an initial English language teaching qualification, as well as experienced English language teachers who wish to upskill and/or gain an MA level qualification.
This programme, resulting from an extensive programme review of the Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, has been developed in response to the proposed framework for mapping professional development in higher education from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning's commitment in 2.1.2 of Engaged Learning: Strategy for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. In order to meet this strategic aim, an exit point is offered at 21 credits with the award of CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING LEARNING AND SCHOLARSHIP.