The Postgraduate Certificate in Anthropology is a one-year part-time course designed for students who would like to make a transition to studying anthropology but have no previous background in the subject, or for students who for various reasons are not able to enrol in the full MA programme. This Certificate can be applied to the MA in Anthropology, upon acceptance to that programme.
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)
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)
GY621 Dublin Urban Laboratory (10 credits)
GY619 Public Engagement Research and Practice (10 credits)
GY627 Places, Landscapes, Mappings (10 credits)
Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The following information 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 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 that are fully complete will be reviewed in four tranches: 11th August 2017, 31 January 2018, 31 March 2018, 31 May 2018.
We will endeavour to respond with decisions within 2 weeks of each closing date.