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This programme offers students the opportunity to explore early Western intellectual history from a variety of angles, philosophical, literary, and cultural. It will appeal both to those who want an overview of the foundations of modern European thought, and to those with more specialized interests in Classics, Medieval and Renaissance studies, philosophy, or the history of ideas. The general aim is to provide students with a specialized knowledge in aspects of Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance thought, focusing on philosophical writers, literary, historical, and cultural topics, and the history of Western thought. Building upon the strengths of critical thinking, systematic reflection, and historical awareness developed by students in their undergraduate studies, it will allow candidates to explore thematic concerns of writers and thinkers in the Western tradition from Ancient Greece and Rome to the sixteenth century and beyond. It will also prepare those who complete the programme at a high level, and have acquired appropriate competences, for research degrees in Classics, Philosophy, or a related field.
| PHACP6 - ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE THOUGHT || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
Note re. registration:
Students must take 40 Anthropology credits made up of AN651, AN652 and AN653. The remaining 10 Anthropology credits ideally should be two five credits modules, i.e. AN657 and AN630.
The balance of credits should be selected from the optional modules on offer.
| ANP6 - ANTHROPOLOGY || Credits: 40 Not compulsory: |
The MA in Anthropology & Development is a taught master’s programme designed for development and humanitarian aid professionals (and those who envisage such a career) who would like to add an anthropological perspective to their development expertise. The course provides a holistic and critical approach to culture, the inevitable context of all relief and development activity. The MA course is quite intensive and is designed for students with a background in anthropology. Students with no background in anthropology are encouraged to pursue the Postgraduate Certificate in Anthropology & Development.
Note re. registration:
Students must take 35 Anthropology credits made up of AN651, AN652, AN649 and AN653. A further 5 Anthropology credits should be selected from the Anthropology modules available.
The balance of credits should be selected from the optional modules available.
| ANDP600 - ANTHROPOLOGY & DEVELOPMENT P/T || Credits: 40 Not compulsory: |
The MA in Linguistic Anthropology is an advanced degree in Socio-cultural Anthropology with a particular emphasis on Linguistic Anthropology in which students are given a sophisticated introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline of Anthropology, a block of modules that open up and explore the conceptual and methodological core of the discipline, and a series of specialized modules in Linguistic Anthropology. Students are also required to write a thesis in Linguistic Anthropology. The MA in Linguistic Anthropology is primarily a scholarly degree that aims to equip students for later doctoral research in this sub-field or for work in roles that demand academic social-scientific knowledge or the particular skills of trained ethnographic researchers.
Note re. registration:
Students must take 40 Anthropology credits made up of AN651, AN652, AN653 and AN646. The remaining 5 Anthropology credits can be taken from any of the modules listed below.
| ANLP6 - LIGUISTIC ANTHROPOLGY || Credits: 40 Not compulsory: |
The MA in Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Studies is a one-year full time (or two-year part time) taught programme and is offered on a full-time basis using a combination of faculty-student contact hours and self-directed learning and research. It aims to provide students who already have a background in a foreign language and linguistics at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise at a postgraduate level in the areas of sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, corpus linguistics, bi- and multilingualism, second language pedagogy and the role of English in a globalised world. What makes this programme unique in Ireland is two-fold: the inclusion of Intercultural Studies, allowing students to expand their linguistic specialization to cognate (inter)cultural contexts such as intercultural competence and the interplay of language and culture; and the genuinely multilingual orientation of the programme focusing not only on English, but also other international languages like French, German and Spanish. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative and reflective skills in order to foster interest and involvement in research in the fields of applied linguistics and intercultural studies.
The programme is structured into core (compulsory) and elective (optional) modules in order to ensure concomitantly a solid foundation in the core themes of Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Studies, and to provide students with the flexibility to pursue their chosen areas of interest and passion.
It is possible to study modules of particular interest without completing a Masters degree, or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9) in Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Studies after completing 60 credits of taught modules.
| ALISP6 - APPLIED LINGUISTICS & INTERCULTURAL STUDIES P/T || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
Criminology can be described as the study of crime, criminals and the criminal justice system. The MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice gives students the opportunity to develop a specialist knowledge of debates around crime causation and control, within a comparative and international context. Students undertake a wide variety of modules which aim to combine theoretical concepts with real-world problems such as terrorism and organised crime.
As a student in Maynooth you will be part of our vibrant community of students and scholars working in the fields of criminology and criminal justice. Our expert academic team, drawing on their extensive research and professional experience, deliver an interdisciplinary programme with a strong emphasis on enhanced research skills. These skills are highly sought-after by employers in the area. There is a strong focus on employability throughout the programme, including opportunities for student placements with criminal justice organisations and civil society.
“In addition to the range of optional modules, the core modules were essential to the development of my research and oral presentation skills. Unlike other postgraduate degrees, this MA boasts entire modules specifically designed to expand students' research skills. The range of diverse backgrounds of those attracted to the study of criminology meant that topics in class could be discussed from various approaches, whether it be legal, sociological, anthropological, philosophical etc.
This MA prepares you for whatever you want to do after graduation, whether that be further research, or entering the workforce."
Pamela Drumgoole, MA (Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice)
| LWCP6 - COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
The MA in Creative Music Technologies degree is a skills conversion programme. The programme is aimed at graduates, with musical abilities, who would like to explore musical applications of technology. The programme accepts graduates from any primary degree.
The programme is concerned with a range of areas relating to music technology, including composition, sound recording and engineering, computer music programming, and acoustics.
The MA offers full use of computer resources at the Music Technology Labs at Maynooth University; access to studio space, with the possibility of working towards recording and production projects; opportunities to have compositions performed; individual tutorial time with a designated advisor; expert advice on musical and technical issues from composers and researchers at the cutting edge of their fields.
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Please note: Year-Long modules will take place in 2nd Semester
| MUEP6CM - CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGIES || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
This two year (part-time) MA advances practical, research, and writing skills while deepening creative and critical engagement with media of all kinds. The core module in Critical and Creative Media Research develops transferable research, writing, and analytical skills, while optional pathways take students through Irish media history and contemporary media archives; creative interactive computing and digital identities, and writing for screen media and screen production.
Students will be offered the flexibility to pursue traditional scholarly and practice-based research, with most modules permitting a combination of critical and creative assessment options. Electives in Anthropology, Irish, Sociology, Law, and Geography are available for students keen to explore the interdisciplinary character of media.
Note re. registration
- Students should chose up to 40 credits from the following Media Studies modules across the two years of the programme: MD630, MD624, MD631, MD626 and MD629.
- Students can choose up to 20 credits from cross-listed modules offered outside the department.
| MDCP6 - CRITICAL AND CREATIVE MEDIA || Credits: 30 Not compulsory: |
We live in a moment where the key discourses which have dominated our understanding of the world – of politics, economics and culture at large – suddenly seem inadequate to the task of engaging with an allegedly ‘post-truth’ environment. New discourses are struggling to emerge; some old ones appear once again to be urgently relevant. The political challenges now confronting us are urgent and manifold, and demand serious critical thinking. These include: inequality, migration, climate change, neo-imperialism, neo-nationalism and isolationism, the exploitations and depredations of global capitalism and resurgent misogyny and racism. The MA in English: Literatures of Engagement addresses this sense of crisis by recognising the significant role that literature – and the critical discourses associated with the study of literature – have in both reproducing and analysing cultural values and ideologies, but also in articulating responses and resistance to those. The programme is underpinned by a conviction that any critique of contemporary culture must be rooted in an informed understanding of historical currents shaping the present.
The faculty in the Department of English at Maynooth is particularly well placed to reflect on our current cultural moment, having an established an international reputation for producing radical and politically-engaged cultural criticism. The programme will equip students to question the governing and normative structures of their society, critically confronting those discourses through which they are guided to think of themselves as entrepreneurial subjects rather than as human beings. It will help students to develop skills in creative critical thinking and argument, promote intellectual curiosity and excitement, and affirm the intrinsic and non-instrumental value of education as a social good.
Students will benefit from the instruction of committed and energetic scholars working at the forefront of their fields, with research specialisms which include Irish Studies, American, African and comparative literature, Renaissance Studies, and digital humanities. Their work addresses questions of: ecology; economy; diversity; gender, sexuality and race relations; borders; citizenship; terrorism; sovereignty; imperialism; migration and refugees. These questions are addressed using an intersectional model, drawing on key currents in literary and cultural theory: postcolonialism, feminism and gender studies, Marxism and ecocriticism. Through their choice of elective modules and a dissertation topic, students will have the opportunity to pursue their specific research interests.
The MA in Literatures of Engagement will develop its students’ skills in critical analysis, argument, persuasion, and communication, and equip them with the ability and initiative to be engaged, responsible, and informed global citizens.
| ENLEP6 - ENGLISH: LITERATURES OF ENGAGEMENT P/T || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
The MA in Geography is an innovative and flexible degree programme. It offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of human geography while also significantly enhancing their skills. It is available on both a full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) basis.
The MA in Geography offers a wide-ranging programme of taught modules. Compulsory modules develop competencies in human geographic thought and field methods; optional methodological modules develop skills in analysis, research and public engagement; and optional specialist modules provide the opportunity for research-led teaching and learning on a range of topics, from urban geography, digital geographies, sexuality and space, place and politics, landscape and health, electoral politics, migration, bodies and environments, spatial justice, among others (optional modules in Geography rotate every two years). Students can also take up to two elective modules in Anthropology, Media Studies and Sociology. The MA in Geography also includes an independent research thesis, to be submitted in August-September. Overall, the programme is designed to nurture independent and critical thinking from a human geography perspective.
REGISTRATION NOTES (please read carefully before registering online - Students may take a minimum of 30 credits and a maximum of 60 credits in any one year).
Compulsory modules (50 credits) - must be taken over the course of programme:
GY607 (Field school, 10 credits); GY608 (Thinking geographically, 10 credits); GY609 (Thesis, 30 credits - Year 2 only).
Optional Specialist and Methods modules (40 credits):
Geography (can choose a minimum of 30 credits but may take up to 40 credits)
GY602A (Research methods in Geography, 10 credits); GY619 (Public engagement: Research and practice, 10 credits); GY625 (Spaces of algorithmic governance, 10 credits) and GY627 (Places, landscapes and mappings, 10 credits).
Anthropology, Media Studies OR Sociology (can chose a maximum of 10 credits)
AN647 (Foundations of medical Anthropology, 5 credits); AN649 (Foundations of Anthropology & Development, 5 credits); AN662G (Winter ethnography school, 5 credits); MD632 (Media Publics: Digital media, public discourse and political formations, 10 credits); SO617 (Quantitative research methods, 10 credits) and SO620 (Qualitative analysis, 10 credits).
Students should not register for AN662G (Ethnography Winter School) without first consulting the Department of Anthropology for permission - email email@example.com
| GYEP6 - GEOGRAPHY || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
This new ‘MA in Geography: Spatial Justice’ responds to Irish President Michael D. Higgins’ call to attend to the ‘serious contradictions and obstacles to a genuinely inclusive citizenship’ resulting from recent social and environmental crises. In this course, students will be exposed to pressing global, European and Irish issues, and examine the geographical dimensions of questions of justice through unique public engagement opportunities with civil society partners and cutting-edge research modules. Students will also learn how more equitable forms of spatial, environmental, land, health, social and place-based justice might be realised in the future. They will gain training in participatory, action, and mixed research methods and practices appropriate for geographically-informed research, including fieldwork, qualitative and quantitative research methods, cultural mappings, and QGIS. Students will gain experience in working with civil society, community-based, artistic and government partners, and develop their sense of the ethical and practical demands of such collaborative work.
As the Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis (2014) volume indicates, Maynooth Geography is internationally ranked for research about current issues including: the global economic crisis, the Irish housing and homelessness crisis, the severity of Direct Provision in relation to Europe’s migration and refugee crisis, the HIV/AIDs epidemic, health crises, environmental crises, and everyday forms of homophobia and gender inequality. Our staff are internationally recognised for research related to: housing justice; economic and work justice; land justice; health justice; place-based memory work; ethical geographies; vital geographies; sexualities and genders; migration; environmental justice; feminist methodologies; and activist scholarship. Geographers have a particular set of perspectives on justice: we may speak of spatial, environmental and land, and place justice. As access to social goods can depend upon where one lives or works, the focuss on spatial justice examines distributional and procedural processes. Geographical inequality in health and poverty, for example, often has a structural basis through the ways unequal spaces are produced, particularly as a consequence of capitalism and neoliberalism. Geographers also look at the legal orderings of space around racial, gender-sex or class apartheid. Environmental and land justice scholars attend to how the negative externalities of noxious facilities are visited upon disadvantaged peoples, including work on Ireland incorporating gender. Irish geographers have also become increasingly concerned with the justice as related to climate change. A ‘global sense of place’ considers how attachments are formed in place, both as expressive sets of connections that come into a locale as well as, pass through and out of to other places. Attachments to and routines through place result in forms of existential security; the disruption of such ‘mazeways’, as in many projects of urban renewal or more extreme forms of forced removals, produces a set of harmful social-psychological consequences. If we understand place as including attachments to particular locales that people develop through the everyday routines, then, we begin to understand recent calls for the ‘right to the city’, and by extension the right to healthy places to live.
In addition to learning how to understand, document and map forms of discrimination, violence and displacement at different scales, students will learn how citizens and groups challenge historical legacies and existing structural injustices, and seek more equitable alternatives. Working with Maynooth Geographers and their public engagement partners, including with groups such as the Maynooth Housing Justice Research Group, the Irish Housing Network, Right to Water, and Dublin Bay North Choice and Equality Network, students will gain insights into ‘third spaces’, grassroots movements, and forms of solidarity that may significantly lead to re-thinking current inhabitants’ rights to the city, shared resources, and the right to living in healthy places in Ireland.
This MA is flexible in delivery, innovative in emphasis, and stresses experiential- and field-based learning opportunities for students to develop ethical research skills and other employability competencies.
| GYSJP6 - GEOGRAPHY: SPATIAL JUSTICE P/T || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
The MA in German aims to provide students who already have a background in German at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the areas of translation, literary analysis and applied linguistics at a postgraduate level. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative and reflective skills in order to foster interest and involvement in research in the field of German Studies. It aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts in German language and literature (including their didactic and methodological application), culture and society.
| GNEP600 - GERMAN P/T || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
This programme empowers actors and practitioners from development, security and other peace and security related institutional backgrounds involved in international peace-building with the knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable them to provide leadership to reduce and ultimately eliminate violent conflict.
This master’s programme will provide a challenging learning experience for those who wish to develop and integrate mediation and negotiation knowledge and skills with their awareness of wider conflict and development issues while providing students with a critical insight of the entire spectrum of international conflict intervention.
The main theme of the programme will be an integrated and comprehensive approach to the nexus of peacebuilding, security and development. With increased awareness of the importance of these interlinkages has come increased demands on national and international institutions to respond in a holistic way. In the field, security actors are required to have a better understanding and greater skills in engaging with local communities, institutions and organizations at the local level, while development practitioners recognise a skills deficit with respect to conflict resolution and mediation and are increasingly expected to understand and engage with representatives of multifaceted agencies and communities, particularly when anticipating or responding to the consequences of complex crises.
Students will develop
- Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, including ability to analyse and articulate the violent conflict dimension of complex issues that require an integrated and comprehensive response.
- Demonstrated problem-solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex and unusual issues/problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions.
- Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement.
- Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to interventions in violent conflict.
The programme describes the process of negotiating and implementing peace agreements and security actors and international interventions, drawing in senior personnel experienced in peacekeeping/ peace making and security operations. It also explores the notion of partner and aid donors, the contribution of international organisations and cooperation with key strategic partners and the use of broad development instruments in support of conflict prevention and peace building.
In addition, the programme applies Mediation and Dialogue skills throughout phases of conflict including:
- Early identification of risk of violent conflict, and closing the gap to early action;
- Improved understanding and analysis of conflict situations (root causes, actors and dynamics);
- Enhanced identification of the range of options for international action;
- Conflict-sensitive programming of external assistance;
- Promotion of rule of law and security
The programme is collaboration between the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention and the Dept of International Development. Both the Kennedy Institute and Dept of International Development are uniquely positioned to lead the design and development of an Executive level programme that draws together high level input from mediators, negotiators, security and development personnel. The Kennedy Institute leverages existing institutional linkages at European (EU – European Security and Defence College)and pan-regional levels (such as the Think Tank of Network members of Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) to ensure the programme is a relevant learning intervention. Students will also benefit from the capacity of the Dept of International Development, Maynooth University through its collaborative relationship with Kimmage Development Studies Centre, to provide experienced development practitioners and educators who will deliver modules related to humanitarian and development response at the policy and practitioner level, while the part-time / blended learning option will allow students to access a range of on-line modules from anywhere in the world.
Completion of the module, Mediation Knowledge and Practice provides the basis for the opportunity to take a Mediation Competency Assessment and on successfully passing this assessment, the student is in a position to apply for Certified Status with the Mediators Institute of Ireland.
1. Students must take KD601 OR KD604 (or KD604D) IN YEAR ONE OR TWO
2. Students must take KD606 (or KD606D) OR MC603 IN YEAR ONE OR TWO
3. Students must take KD607 OR MC690 IN YEAR ONE OR TWO
| MCIPP6 - INTERNATIONAL PEACE BUILDING, SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
This programme enables students to examine and research the rich subject area of Irish history from the earliest times to the present day, and to assess the major events which led to the emergence of modern Ireland. Compulsory modules provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the sources and resources at their disposal to undertake a piece of detailed research, and foster their ability to assess and understand the major debates and controversies that have engaged historians in writing Irish history.
In addition, students choose from a suite of optional modules drawn from this and other MA programmes within the department, exploring key issues and debates associated with their chosen fields. Options vary from year to year and may include Irish social, political, military or economic history; historic houses and landed estates; local history, etc.
Compulsory modules HY6007, HY667 and HY694 are taken in year 1.
The compulsory Master’s thesis modules HY668 and HY669 are taken in year 2.
| HYIP6 - IRISH HISTORY || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
This MA is designed for students who are interested in traditional music, arts, and culture, including the broader areas of literature, language, and history, and who want to develop their interests in performance, creativity, or research. The MA is anchored by a final capstone project (choosing from options in performance, recording, and thesis) and provides specialist training in the areas of student choice.
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| MUEP60T - IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC P/T || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
The MA in Mediation and Conflict Intervention at Edward Kennedy Institute, Maynooth University provides a learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation and conflict intervention knowledge and skills. The programme delivers specialist professional training in the areas of Organisational and Workplace Mediation, Family Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Restorative Practice and Peace Process Studies, providing the professional knowledge and skills necessary for practice in these areas. Students complete nine modules of 10 credits each over a two-year duration.
This highly experiential programme provides ongoing opportunities to learn reflectively through exercises and in practice through feedback and coaching while formal presentations provide background theory in the specialist areas. Students gain a strong theoretical foundation coupled with skills and practice development leading to a solid grounding in the best practice of constructive conflict intervention processes.
The MA in Mediation and Conflict Intervention is designed for those people who are intently interested in furthering their skills base and knowledge in the field of mediation and conflict intervention. Participants will usually have been working directly or indirectly with people in conflict as a professional or as someone required to handle conflict situations in their work or personal lives. Participating in this programme will further develop theoretical knowledge and applied skills in conflict analysis, mediation and other specialist chosen areas of study. The programme is designed to be an intense learning experience where small class sizes encourage strong skills development and engagement in a continuous and collaborative learning environment.
The course is accredited by the Mediators Institute of Ireland (MII) and students who are not already certified mediators with the MII must undergo and pass the first module (MC615) via assignment and competency assessment. This will enable students to register with the MII as a certified Mediator with eligibility to practice. Completion of the Masters programme will provide further requirements for Practitioner Accreditation. This senior status is achieved when the student has successfully completed the course and also has completed cases to MII standard (see Mediators Institute of Ireland website: www.themii.ie).
Module selection for each student is agreed in consultation with the Programme Director at Interview stage.
MC615 is mandatory except in circumstances where a mediation accreditation already exists. In this case departmental permission is required to take MC604
| MNMP60 - MEDIATION & CONFLICT INTERVENTIONS || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
The MA offers students the opportunity to explore Western philosophical thought from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It should appeal both to those who want an overview of the foundations of modern European thought, and to those with more specialized interests in Medieval and Renaissance studies, philosophy, or the history of ideas. Building upon the strengths of critical thinking, systematic reflection, and historical awareness developed at undergraduate level, the programme allows the student to explore thematic concerns of philosophers in the Western tradition from medieval times to the sixteenth century. The MA degree (Mode I) in Philosophy is taken by examination (100% continuous assessment) and by minor thesis, the topic of which must be in the subjects of Medieval or Renaissance Philosophy and approved by the Head of the Department. The dissertation comprises a maximum of 15,000 words, and is assessed by the supervisor and the external examiner.
| PHMP6 - MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE PHILOSOPHY || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
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This MA enables students to explore and examine the rich tradition of early Irish literature and intellectual culture, from the early medieval period and the advent of Christianity until the coming of the Normans at the end of the 12th century. It also enables students to deepen their acquaintance with the language of the period, and to endow them with a set of research skills appropriate to work in this field.
Students should register for a minimum of 30 credits in year 1
| SGP6 - MEDIEVAL IRISH STUDIES || Credits: 30 Not compulsory: |
This MA programme provides an in-depth introduction into the disciplines of military history and strategic studies. It aims to immerse students in the study of conflict from the late 1700s to the present-day, providing them with an overview of the development of modern warfare and also the skills necessary to analyse modern conflicts.
The programme is taught through a series of modules including “Modern Warfare, I”, “Modern Warfare II” and “Strategic & Security Studies”. These modules provide an introduction to the key concepts, theories and debates in this field. No specialist knowledge is required and this MA programme will appeal to anyone interested in history, international relations, security studies and war studies.
The programme has attracted international students and significant links have been forged with military academies in the USA, the UK and the Netherlands.
Assessment is through a mix of written assignments and in-class presentations. Students also develop a 20,000 word thesis on a subject of their choice. There is much emphasis on independent study.
| HYMHP6 - MILITARY HISTORY & STRATEGIC STUDIES P/T || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
This MA relates discourses and developments in modern and contemporary philosophy to current debates regarding (but not restricted to) the challenges of globalization, post-secular societies (Habermas), democratic development, etc., as well as to their philosophical foundations. Possible answers to these questions rely upon the philosophical notions of the nature of knowledge and human understanding, identity, plurality, and the human condition. This MA thus aims at carrying out a serious philosophical analysis of some of the underlying cultural themes and philosophical presuppositions of contemporary society. The MA degree (Mode I) in Philosophy is taken by examination (100% continuous assessment) and by minor thesis, the topic of which must be in the subject areas of Modern or Contemporary Philosophy and approved by the Head of the Department. The dissertation comprises a maximum of 15,000 words, and is assessed by the supervisor and the external examiner.
| PHCP6 - CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
The MA in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Narratives of Conflict aims to provide students who already have a background in French, German or Spanish at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the area of literary analysis with particular emphasis on narratives of conflict in the cultures and societies of French-, German- and Spanish-speaking countries. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and theoretical approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative, reflective and presentation skills in order to foster interest and involvement in the field of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures with specific emphasis on narratives of conflict. It also aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts of European languages, literatures, cultures and societies, in particular with regard to France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain and Latin American countries.
| FRMLP6 - MODERN LANGUAGES, LITERATURE AND CULTURE: NARRATIVES OF CONFLICT - FRENCH || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
The MA in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Narratives of Conflict (German lead language) aims to provide students who already have a background in German at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the area of literary analysis with particular emphasis on narratives of conflict in the cultures and societies of German-speaking countries. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and theoretical approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative, reflective and presentation skills in order to foster interest and involvement in the field of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures with specific emphasis on narratives of conflict. It also aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts of European languages, literatures, cultures and societies, in particular with regard to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
| GNMLP6 - MODERN LANGUAGES, LITERATURE AND CULTURE: NARRATIVES OF CONFLICT - GERMAN || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
The MA in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Narratives of Conflict (Spanish lead language) aims to provide students who already have a background in Spanish at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the area of literary analysis with particular emphasis on narratives of conflict in the cultures and societies of Spanish-speaking countries. The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and theoretical approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative, reflective and presentation skills in order to foster interest and involvement in the field of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures with specific emphasis on narratives of conflict. It also aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of important concepts of languages, literatures, cultures and societies, in particular with regard to Spain and Latin America.
| SPAMLP6 - MODERN LANGUAGES, LITERATURE AND CULTURE: NARRATIVES OF CONFLICT - SPANISH || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
The MA Composition at Maynooth University provides a supportive yet stimulating environment in which to develop your individual compositional style. The focus of the course is the creation of a professional portfolio of compositions, the production of which benefits from regular one-to-one tuition from the experienced composers in the Department of Music. Core modules in contemporary compositional technique and the study of works and writings of other composers help broaden your compositional focus and allow you to carve out your own voice in the exciting world of contemporary music. These activities are complimented by regular talks and consultations with visiting professional composers and opportunities for performance of your works with both visiting performers and student ensembles. Reflecting the diversity of new music today, you will be able to choose from a range of modules in our sister course, the MA in Creative Music Technologies.
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| MUEP60C - MUSIC COMPOSITION P/T || Credits: 50 Not compulsory: |
Whether as a stand-alone degree or a stepping stone towards MLitt and PhD research degrees, the MA in Musicology offers you the opportunity to develop as a researcher, deepen your critical and communication abilities, and apply these skills to the study of music history, music and culture, and analysis. The programme is delivered by staff with strong international research reputations, active as scholars, performers, and composers. Their diverse expertise includes areas such as: music and film; opera studies; source studies; European art music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; music in Ireland; ethnomusicology; popular music; music, gender, and sexuality; analysis; and more. Beyond the modules, seminars, and showcase outlined in the Course Structure, MA in Musicology students may also attend conferences, concerts, and other events that Music Department staff regularly organise. Students also benefit from a first-rate library, access to the University’s language courses, and close proximity to Dublin, enabling access to a further range of research libraries and archives.
The coordinator of this degree is Dr Laura Watson.
See the Department’s webpage www.maynoothuniversity.ie/music/our-people for full details of staff interests.
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Students must choose at least 4 of the following modules: MU610A, MU635, MU624, MU647, MU648 and MU649
Students may choose one module from the following list: AN651, HY681, HY684, HY6003, MD622, MD632 and PH626
If choosing a module outside your own department, please contact the relevant department for further information.
| MUEP60M - MUSICOLOGY || Credits: 40 Not compulsory: |
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| NGEP600 - NUA GHAEILGE || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
The MA in Performance & Musicology degree offers those with strengths in performance opportunities to develop their skills.
The pathway is carefully honed to foster and develop postgraduate level performing skills within the rich environment of a strong musicological, compositional and technological research setting. See https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/music/our-people for more information.
The preparation of a dissertation allows you to develop research skills in an area closely related to your final performance.
The programme’s director is Dr Antonio Cascelli (Lecturer in Performance Studies), a professional accompanist and musicologist.
What You Can Expect
- Funding towards lessons on principal instrument/voice.
- Priority allocation of tutorial time with visiting performers as available.
- Priority practice room access.
- Priority inclusion in the Department’s public lunchtime concert series.
- Opportunities to have performances recorded. Individual tutorial time with a designated advisor.
- Involvement in an annual MA Showcase at which all MA students have the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback on their development
- Expert advice on interpretative issues from musicologists, performers and composers at the cutting edge of their fields.
- Foreign language instruction is also available through the Maynooth University Language Centre. See: www.maynoothuniversity.ie/language-centre for detailed information and fees.
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| MUEP60P - PERFORMANCE & MUSICOLOGY P/T || Credits: 30 Not compulsory: |
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| PHEP600 - PHILOSOPHY || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
This MA relates discourses and developments in the history in Western philosophy up to the 21st century. It thus aims at carrying out a serious philosophical analysis of some of the underlying cultural themes and philosophical presuppositions of Western self understanding and contemporary society. Building upon the strengths of critical thinking, systematic reflection, and historical awareness developed at undergraduate level, the programme allows the student to explore thematic concerns of philosophers in the Western tradition from medieval times to the 21st century. The MA degree (Mode I) in Philosophy is taken by examination (100% continuous assessment) and by minor thesis, the topic of which must be in the subject area of Philosophy of Religion and approved by the Head of the Department. The dissertation comprises a maximum of 15,000 words, and is assessed by the supervisor and the external examiner. Commences September
| PHRP6 - PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION P/T || Credits: n/a Not compulsory: |
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| PPEP6 - PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS || Credits: 45 Not compulsory: |