The MA in Anthropology & Development is a taught master’s programme designed for development and humanitarian aid professionals (and those who envisage such a career) who would like to add an anthropological perspective to their development expertise. The course provides a holistic and critical approach to culture, the inevitable context of all relief and development activity. The MA course is quite intensive and is designed for students with a background in anthropology. Students with no background in anthropology are encouraged to pursue the Postgraduate Certificate in Anthropology & Development.
BA degree (2.2 or higher) in Anthropology or cognate discipline, or a recognised international equivalent.
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.
National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850
Students complete an intensive course of four 6-week compulsory modules in anthropological theory (10 credits each) alongside four compulsory modules in Anthropology and Development (5 credits each), as well as two Saturday workshops. Students develop a proposal for a research project during the taught year in consultation with a member of the anthropology faculty, who will advise the student and mark the project. In the summer, students register for the 30-credit Thesis.
Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The following information should be uploaded to PAC:
- Online PAC application form
- Statement of your academic and professional goals (SEE BELOW)
- Names and contact details of two referees who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you (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 Univeristy 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, and should be given a good deal of thought and preparation. This is your statement of purpose that explains your experience, scholarly interests, and goals. Some of the things your statement should address include (but are not limited to): why you want to pursue postgraduate study in anthropology; what you have been reading recently that has inspired you to pursue the field of anthropology (please be specific about authors and titles); your general research interests in the field of anthropology and/or ideas for a thesis project; your professional/career goals and how the degree in anthropology will help you achieve them.
Arranging for letters of recommendation
You must make prior arrangements with two referees to write letters of recommendation on your behalf; these should be academic references, or if you do not have recent academic experience, then some other type of professional reference; personal character references are not appropriate. In your application, provide the names and contact details (preferably emails) of these two referees, and the department will contact them on your behalf to request letters. You may alternatively ask your referees to send letters directly to firstname.lastname@example.org; letters should be signed and on letterhead, and should be sent from the referee’s own email address. They can also be sent by post to Anthropology Department at the address below.
Applications (must be COMPLETE) are reviewed in three tranches:
31 January 2015
31 March 2015
31 May 2015
Decisions are returned within 2 weeks of each closing date