Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 9

CAO/PAC code : MHC57

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2021

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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)

AN649 Foundations of Anthropology & Development (5 credits)


Optional Modules (subject to availability)

AN646 Foundations of Linguistic Anthropology (5 credits)

AN647 Foundations of Medical Anthropology (5 credits)

AN648 Foundations of Material Culture and Design (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 & Development.

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

Those intending to take the Postgraduate Certificate in Anthropology and Development are expected to take 40 credits in total. Except in circumstances where permission is given, students are expected to complete the three 10-credit foundational modules in semester 1, Social Thought, Key Concepts in Anthropology, and Writing Cultures. The remaining 10 credits should be completed in the form of two 5-credit modules, one from the advanced foundational choices available in semester 2, ideally Ethnographic Ireland and Creole Culture, and one of the following: Foundations of Anthropology and Development, or Topics in Anthropology and Development.

Course Duration: 1 year Part-time

This course can enhance the career of development professionals by equipping them with a critical perspective informed by anthropology’s holistic approach. It is also suitable for those interested in pursuing NGO work in the voluntary/charity sector.

Read about Careers in Anthropology here

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 within 2 weeks of receipt.

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