Award Type and NFQ level : POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHS60;MHS61

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Closing Date : 30 June 2024

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Critical and Creative Media is an innovative course that combines critical thinking and cutting edge production skills to tackle the challenging environment of contemporary media practices. It provides students with a wide range of media skills across several sectors, including new and emergent media, screen production, media archives, digital humanities and identity technologies.

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

Full-time students take the compulsory module MD622: Critical and Creative Research in semester 1 and a further 20 credits made up of media and non-media modules. In semester 2, students can take a minimum of 1 media module with a further 20 credits from media or non-media modules. 

In year 1, semester 1 of the part-time programme, students take the compulsory module MD622: Critical and Creative Research. Students will also take a minimum of 10 credits from media or non-media modules in semester 2 with a further 10 credits of media or non-media modules from either semester 1 or 2. This will result in 30 credits taken in year 1. In year two students must take at least 10 credits in both semesters 1 and 2 with at least one being a media module. Students can take the remaining 10 credits from semesters 1 or 2.


Course Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Knowledge of and skills in media are required across a whole range of sectors including media-specific organisations and also companies that interact with the public, that have internal communications and that wider social presence. These include sports, arts and heritage organisations, charities and NGOs, businesses and brands that increasingly require media-trained graduates particularly in the areas of writing/content production/publishing, social media, graphic design and video production/editing.

Graduates of this programme are well prepared to find employment in several sectors of the media industries or to pursue further media scholarship opportunities. They will be able to apply their critical understanding of the media industries and forms to organisations and businesses and identify future opportunities for innovation in creative media. The programme’s unique and flexible structure provides students with an accelerated route through three media-related areas to facilitate specialisation: media and histories, digital media and screen production.

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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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