Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHS04 (FT), MHS05 (PT)

CAO Points :

Students are provided with a flexible and tailored structured research programme within the Department of Media Studies, including the development of transferable research skills, specialist knowledge and professional practices. Upon completion of this programme, students will have achieved competence in relevant areas of research, and demonstrated specialist knowledge and skills in their own area of research as well as in knowledge transfer and effective academic communication. This programme will equip them with the professional skills necessary to pursue academic and research careers.

An applicant wishing to undertake a research degree should submit a research proposal in writing, and consult with the Department on the general suitability of the research topic and on the availability of an appropriate supervisor before submitting an application.

Closing date
Rolling. Applications are welcomed throughout the year, for registration in September and January of each academic year.

An MLitt in Media Studies can be commenced in September or January of each academic year.

Media Studies is an extremely interdisciplinary subject, and we welcome applications from candidates from a variety of other disciplinary backgrounds. Applicants should hold a BA (2:1 or higher) in Media Studies or another cognate discipline from the Humanities or Social Sciences. An MA in Media Studies or another cognate discipline from the Humanities or Social Sciences is preferred. Applicants without an MA will be required to register initially as MLitt students, transferring to the PhD register on approval after a period of study. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

The research interests of the Department concentrate on the cultural history of popular culture and the sociological and textual analysis of broadcasting and new media. The Department is currently engaged in funded research projects examining migrant media networks, broadcasting and cultural diversity in Ireland, and a study of Irish media coverage of the war on Iraq. Faculty have research interests in media and migration/diaspora/transnationalism, theories of mediation, Irish and Irish-American popular culture, material culture, cultural policy, digital media policy, political economy of media and ‘new media’, Internet studies and the commercial internet, and cinema history in Ireland.

A range of modules, in the form of MA in Critical and Creative Media modules, research seminar presentations, conference presentations, language school participation and summer school participation will be offered. Some of these modules may not be available every year, and students will be advised by their supervisor on which modules will be the most appropriate for them, and at what stage of their studies. Appropriate modules offered by other departments/schools within MU will be regarded as Transferable Skills Modules and students will be encouraged to take any such modules that their supervisor deems helpful and appropriate.

MLitt students must take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules (at least 5 in generic/transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules) from the Structured PhD programme.

Course Duration: 2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time

A research degree in the Department of Media Studies provides the opportunity for an academic career teaching and researching in Media Studies, Digital Media and associated disciplines. It also provides an excellent platform (depending on precise specialisation) for a career in policy development or within the varied media industries themselves.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHS04 MLitt Full-time
MHS05 MLitt Part-time

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

- A full CV, including educational and relevant professional experience. This CV should include all subjects studied in the final year of candidates’ BA and MA, along with marks received for each subject, and the class of degree awarded.

- A Research Proposal of approximately 1000 words, outlining the research topic they wish to pursue, a selection of the primary texts they intend to examine,
and the methodology they intend to use.

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.

Prior to making a formal application, applicants are requested to make informal contact by email with their intended supervisor within the Department of Media Studies. This will allow staff to give applicants advice on their proposed topic, and assist them in developing their application. Full details of the academic staff in the Department for Media Studies (and their areas of research/supervisory expertise) can be found at


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