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MA in Media Studies

Mary Immaculate College
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

MA in Media Studies

The Master's in Media Studies at MIC is an innovative program that offers students the opportunity to study a wide range of contemporary media topics at an advanced level. These include streams in Film Studies, Audio Studies and Cultural Studies. All courses are taught by experienced researchers with practical knowledge of the industry and the small group sessions facilitate collaborative learning, both theoretical and practical. The program enables graduate students to develop a deeper understanding of the field and provide the foundations for their own original research and career development.

The MA program is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories and applications from a range of academic fields, including sociology, history, cultural studies, literary theory and linguistics. It seeks to analyse the historical, social and cultural contexts in which the media have been produced; how meaning is generated through the interplay of image, word and sound in media texts; and how the media impact upon their audiences as well as being invested with significance by those audiences.

The program is jointly offered by Mary Immaculate College and the University of Limerick. Teaching takes place in daytime on both campuses- depending upon the modules chosen by students and availability.

The program familiarises students with current issues and developments in Irish and international mass media and mass media theory, situating the analysis of Irish media within the context of post-Independence Irish society, culture and identity. Students develop the ablility to analyse structures, trends and developments in the mass media and to undertake research, using a variety of methodologies, on key aspects of media production, texts and consumption.

Admission requirements

EU Applicants

  • Download and complete the application form
  • Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex,and return the completed application form by email
  • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of your IELTS results (or equivalent) is required.

Non-EU Applicants

Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin.

Check your country on the website.

  • Please visit the website to complete your application through PAC.
  • You will be required to upload your university transcripts
  • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of your IELTS results (or equivalent) is required.
  • The application fee is €50 and is non-refundable

Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution

The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact MIC and we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at MIC, i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third-level studies and would qualify for EU fees for example.

Visit the school's website for more information on EU/Non-EU assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status.

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Program content

The following is the full selection of modules that students may draw from, the course team chooses the modules to be offered each year based on students' interests and on institutional resources.

  • Critical Issues in Media Theory
  • Mass Media Research Methods
  • Radio: Invisible Medium
  • Television Drama: Industry, Form & Audience
  • Ireland and Film
  • News and News Media
  • Researching Irish Media Audiences
  • Sociolinguistics of Irish Media
  • Women and Ageing in Popular Culture
  • Scriptwriting for TV Drama and Film
  • Music and Sound in Popular Culture
  • Media, Sport and Popular Culture
  • Popular Music Studies
  • Sound, Media & Society
  • Community Media Engagement
  • The Development of Irish Media: a Theoretical Overview

Scholarships & funding

International scholarships are not available. Third-level education in Ireland is already heavily subsidised by the Government so our tuition fees are already lower than other countries and directly benefit the student.

Program delivery

The one-year MA is delivered over three semesters (but there is an option to complete it part-time over two years).

Tuition fees

For information on Postgraduate programme fees please visit the school's website.

Continuing studies

The program also aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to advance to doctoral degree studies and to enhance career opportunities in the media industry and other professional fields.

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About this institute

Mary Immaculate College

Mary Immaculate College (MIC), founded in 1898, is Ireland’s leading university-level College of Education and Humanities. The College has a growing and diverse community of almost 5,000 students, who are enrolled in undergraduate programs in Education, Liberal Arts, Contemporary and...

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Mary Immaculate College

South Circular Road
V94 VN26 Limerick

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