Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHC67

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2021

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The MA in Linguistic Anthropology is an advanced degree in Socio-cultural Anthropology with a particular emphasis on Linguistic Anthropology in which students are given a sophisticated introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline of Anthropology, a block of modules that open up and explore the conceptual and methodological core of the discipline, and a series of specialized modules in Linguistic Anthropology. Students are also required to write a thesis in Linguistic Anthropology. The MA in Linguistic Anthropology is primarily a scholarly degree that aims to equip students for later doctoral research in this sub-field or for work in roles that demand academic social-scientific knowledge or the particular skills of trained ethnographic researchers.

Entry requirements:
A degree (2.2 or higher) in Anthropology or cognate discipline, 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.
National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850
Students take a total of 40 credits over 1 year.

Compulsory Modules (30 credits)

AN651 Social Thought (10 credits)

AN653 Writing Cultures (10 credits)

AN652 Key Concepts in Anthropology (10 credits)

AN646 Foundations of Linguistic Anthropology (5 credits)


Optional Modules (subject to availability)

AN647 Foundations of Medical Anthropology (5 credits)

AN648 Foundations of Material Culture and Design (5 credits)

AN649 Foundations of Anthropology & Development (5 credits)

AN657 Ethnographic Ireland (5 credits)

AN630 Creole Culture (5 credits)

PD606 Design Ethnography (7.5 credits)

PD602 People, Society and Design (5 credits)

GY619 Public Engagement Research and Practice (10 credits)

GY625 Spaces of Algorithmic Governance (10 credits)

GY627 Places, Landscapes, Mappings (10 credits)

GY629 Spatial Justice: Geographies of Social & Environmental Change (10 credits)

MD622 Critical & Creative Media Research (10 credits)

MD624 Irish Media History (10 credits)

MD626 Media Archives (10 credits)

MD629 Screen Production: Formats and Genres (10 credits)

MD630 Creative Interactive Computing (10 credits)

MD631 Writing for Screen Media (10 credits)

MD632 Media Publics: Digital Media, Public Discourse and Politics (10 credits)


This course can serve as a foundation for further work to complete an MA in Anthropology (Linguistic Anthropology).

Course Duration: 2 year 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

Postgraduate options:

This course lays the foundation for further study at the PhD level.

For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site

Online application only

PAC Code



The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

  • 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 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. In your application, please provide the names and contact details (preferably emails) of your referees, and the department will contact them on your behalf. Alternatively, you may ask your referees to send letters directly to 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 that are fully complete will be reviewed on an on-going basis.

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

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