Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHC61

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 31 July 2024

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This is the part-time version of the MA in Anthropology programme. The MA in Anthropology is an advanced degree in socio-cultural anthropology in which students are given a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline, a block of modules that open up and explore the conceptual and methodological core of the discipline and a series of specialised modules that show the range of socio-cultural anthropology today. Students are also required to write a Masters thesis. The MA in Anthropology is primarily a degree that aims to equip students for later doctoral research or for professional careers that are enhanced by academic social-scientific knowledge or the particular skills of trained ethnographic researchers.


A degree 2.2 or higher in anthropology or cognate discipline (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent honours degree), or a recognised international equivalent.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

Students take a total of 90 credits over 2 years.

Course structure

Year 1
Those intending to take the part-time MA in Anthropology are expected to take 40 credits in the first year.

Year 2
Students will complete 50 credits in the second year. Students are required to write a thesis which represents 30 credits. 

For details on current timetables and course structures see:

Course Duration: 2 years part-time

Career options:

An anthropology degree provides an excellent preparation for a wide variety of fields in both public and private sectors and is an especially good foundation for an international career. Anthropology has become increasingly important as a job skill in the context of globalisation, where a deeper understanding of cultural difference is crucial, both locally and internationally. Our graduates go on to employment in a wide variety of careers in community work, education, the health professions, product design, international aid and development projects, NGO work, business and administration, and more. 

Read about careers in Anthropology here


Online application only

PAC Code

The following information should be uploaded to PAC:

  • Online PAC application form
  • Statement of your academic and professional goals (SEE BELOW)
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic referees (SEE BELOW)
  • Official Transcripts of degrees not earned at Maynooth University**
  • A copy of your birth certificate or valid passport (non-Maynooth University students only)

**Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed.

Writing the Statement of Academic and Professional Goals (500 words)

The Statement of Academic Goals is a significant component of the application. This is the statement of purpose that presents your experience, scholarly interests and aspirations to us in the Anthropology Department, and therefore should be considered carefully. Ideally, your statement should include why you want to pursue postgraduate study in the discipline; what you have read recently that has inspired you to pursue anthropology (please be specific about authors and titles); your general research interests in the field and/or ideas for a potential thesis project. We would also be interested in hearing about your professional/career goals and how you hope the degree in anthropology will help you achieve them.

Arranging for letters of recommendation

Your application requires two letters of recommendation, which should be written by academic referees (previous lecturers for example). If you do not have recent academic experience, some other type of professional reference will suffice.  Personal character references are not accepted. 

Applications that are fully complete will be reviewed on an on-going basis.

We will endeavour to respond to applications within 2 weeks of receipt.

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