Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH30R

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Closing Date : 31 July 2021

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The Master of Arts: Cultures of Migration explores the multifaceted challenges and potentials created by past and current (im)mobilities in the broad contexts of the production, circulation and transformation of cultural production in Ireland and internationally. This new MA is distinctive in its specific emphasis on the Arts and Humanities as an intellectual and experiential powerhouse for generating transformative responses to the imaginative and meaningful provision of welcome, refuge and sanctuary. It addresses the transnational and transcultural environment of creative/cultural production globally and specifically in Ireland while highlighting the central role of public outreach programmes concerning migration.

The Master of Arts: Cultures of Migration is embedded in MU’s strong research and teaching profile in social justice and interculturalism as well as its University of Sanctuary status. It speaks directly to three of MU’s research Themes—People, Place and Environment; Humanities in Practice: Sources, Resources and Discourses and Human Cultures, Experience and Creativity.

The course connects rigorous academic investigations with the enhancement of professional skills related to the world of work. In addition to core modules, students can select three options from a range of modules (from the Departments of English, History, Media Studies, Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish), as well as the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures). The modules address the centrality of language and translation, narrative (literary, historical, everyday) and archives, as well as artistic creativity and the imagination, in the negotiation of various issues. These include: human rights and humanitarianism, border-crossing and detention, labour migration and human trafficking, asylum and sanctuary, diaspora and exile, citizenship and rights to the city, social and spatial justice, the construction of ‘race’ and ethnic boundaries, gender and sexuality rights, multiculturalism and interculturalism, transcultural memory and integration, globalisation and cosmopolitics, representation and public discourse.

The programme includes a public engagement module that aims at introducing students to a range of practice-based engagements with migration in the cultural sector in Ireland, including attending on-campus talks delivered by practitioners in the field and undertaking off-campus observation of specific activities in relevant institutions.

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

Applicants must have achieved a 2.1 or above in a relevant discipline within the Arts and Humanities.

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 can apply to complete this programme full-time over one year (September to September) or part-time over two years.
  • Full-time students will take core modules and optional modules. Part-time students will consult with the programme directors about which modules to take per year.
  • Modules will be assessed through a variety of assignments including short reflective pieces, reports and research essays.
  • Over the year students will attend a series of workshops on research skills and dissertation preparation. These will be provided by the Programme Director, with additional input from the Writing Centre, the University Library and the Careers Office.
  • During the second semester and over the summer full-time students will work independently on a dissertation of approximately 15000 words, supervised by a member of staff. The dissertation carries 30 ECTS.
  • To be awarded an MA, students will complete 90 ECTS; students who do not complete a dissertation will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.
Course Duration: 1 Year Full Time

Applicants may be interested in pursuing a career or in advancing an already existing career in the creative industry, community organisations, the charitable sector, IGOs and NGOs working with migrants and refugees in Ireland or internationally.

Online application only

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

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. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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