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In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

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Master in Primary Education

Hibernia College
Online & Campus Combined Part time 18 - 24  September 2017 Ireland Dublin

The Master in Primary Education - Professional Master of Education in Post Primary Education was established to encourage a broader range of people to consider primary school teaching as a profession by providing a more flexible route to becoming a fully qualified teacher and it is not a requirement to have prior teaching experience to be eligible to apply for this course. [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Ireland 2017. The master in Primary Education - Professional Master of Education in Post Primary Education was established to encourage a broader range of people to consider primary school teaching as a profession by providing a more flexible route to becoming a fully qualified teacher and it is not a requirement to have prior teaching experience to be eligible to apply for this course. Due to the structure of the programme and the funding eligibility criteria we can only accept applications from Ireland. Blended Online Master in Primary Education The design of the master in primary education, blending online and face-to-face tuition, is ideal for anyone who does not have easy access to one of the traditional education providers or who doesn’t have time to spend commuting to and from lectures daily. Online study with Hibernia Hibernia College has a proven track record in delivering a dynamic online study experience that offer learners maximum support. Our online model is successful because it is dedicated to helping professionals meet their current work challenges and by continually building on the interactions of students and faculty. We provide you with a personal academic advisor, who will guide you through the programme to ensure your success. Since its first intake of students in 2003, Hibernia College’s primary teacher education has grown to the point where it now provides more primary school teachers each year than any other course in the country. Its graduates now work as teachers and principals in schools nationwide and are highly regarded by the teaching community. Accredited Master of Primary Education The programme results in a HETAC Level 9 award. Masters Degree in Primary Education - Subjects The aim of the degree in primary education is to provide degree holders with the educational tools and applied knowledge to become informed, reflective and pedagogically proficient primary school teachers. The syllabus is divided into eight modules as follows: - Module 1 Foundations of Education 1 - Module 2 Core Teaching Methodologies - Module 3 Teaching Subject Mastery - Module 4 Teaching Methodologies - Module 5 School Experience and Professional Practice 1, School Experience and Professional Practice 2, Behavioural Issues and Special Educational Needs - Module 6 Foundations of Education 2 - Module 7 Advanced School Experience and Professional Practice - Module 8 Research Methods and Research Project [-]

Post Primary Education - Professional Master of Education

Hibernia College
Online & Campus Combined April 2017 Ireland Dublin

Hibernia College Post Primary Education - Professional Master of Education was established to encourage a broader range of people to consider teaching as a profession by providing a more flexible route to becoming a fully qualified post primary school teacher. [+]

Hibernia College Post Primary Education - Professional Master of Education was established to encourage a broader range of people to consider teaching as a profession by providing a more flexible route to becoming a fully qualified post primary school teacher. Due to the structure of the programme and the funding eligibility criteria we can only accept applications from Ireland. Blended online professional master of education The programme, which blends online content, virtual learning environments and face-to-face delivery, is designed to develop professionals and experts who are positioned to be leaders in the field of post-primary education. The programme is ideal for anyone who does not have easy access to one of the traditional education providers or who doesn’t have time to spend commuting to and from lectures daily. Online study with Hibernia Hibernia College has a proven track record in delivering a dynamic online study experience that offer learners maximum support. Our online model is successful because it is dedicated to helping professionals meet their current work challenges and by continually building on the interactions of students and faculty. We provide you with a personal academic advisor, who will guide you through the programme to ensure your success. Accredited Post Primary Masters The programme results in a HETAC Level 9 award. Professional Master of Education in Post Primary Education - Subjects The Professional Master of Education in Post Primary Education is accredited for the following 15 teaching subjects: Gaeilge, English, Modern Languages, History, Geography, CSPE, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting, Business, Economics, Agricultural Science and Music. Educational background in one of the above subjects is required.   [-]

M.Phil in Popular Literature

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Ireland Dublin

The M.Phil in Popular Literature offers students a unique opportunity for the advanced study of popular literature and its immensely important place within modern culture. It traces the history of popular genres such as horror, science fiction, romance, fantasy and detective fiction, and offers a comprehensive introduction to contemporary theories of the popular. Applications for the 2016/17 intake will close in June; applications for the 2017/18 academic year open in November 2016. [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Ireland 2017. Over the last two decades, the study of popular literature in all of its generic forms has been transformed from a niche area of academic interest into one of the most vibrant and rapidly growing areas of critical inquiry within literary studies. Established in 2005, the M.Phil in Popular Literature was the first (and for many years, only) dedicated postgraduate course in this subject area. The M.Phil offers students a unique opportunity to undertake advanced study of popular literature and its immensely important place within modern culture. It traces the history of popular genres such as horror, science fiction, romance, fantasy and detective fiction, and offers a comprehensive introduction to contemporary theories of the popular. The School of English at Trinity College Dublin has established itself over the past decade as a major international centre for the academic study of Popular Literature, and the M.Phil attracts applicants from all over the world. The members of the core teaching team on the M.Phil have all published extensively on specific popular genres and between them, have supervised hundreds of M.Phil and undergraduate dissertations on topics related to popular fiction. The M.Phil. provides an invaluable starting point for those who wish to do further graduate study, but will also appeal to those wanting to develop their critical skills and knowledge in relation to an important aspect of contemporary culture. To date, more than 200 students have graduated from the M.Phil, most of whom have gone on to careers that are in some way related to their studies with us. In addition, many of our students have gone on to PhD level study and are conducting academic teaching and research of their own. Course Structure The course lasts one year (beginning in mid-September and ending on August 30th) and is available on a full-time basis only. It comprises two main elements: a core course class meeting twice a week for two hours and, secondly, an option course class once a week for two hours - participants will take one per term. Assessment is comprised of course work completed at the end of each term, and the dissertation undertaken by each student during the summer. For further information, please see our dedicated course pages here: https://www.tcd.ie/English/postgraduate/popular-literature/index.php and here: https://tcdmphilpoplit.wordpress.com/ [-]

MPhil in Philosophy

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time 1 - 1 year September 2017 Ireland Dublin

This one-year full time course provides the foundation for advanced research in philosophy. The MPhil in Philosophy is a broad and intellectually challenging postgraduate course for students with a background in philosophy or related disciplines with a strong philosophy component. [+]

The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce that a Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Masters Studentship will be awarded to an incoming student in the MPhil in Philosophy programme in academic year 2016/17. The value of the studentship is a €5,000 contribution towards MPhil in Philosophy tuition fees (EU or Non-EU) for the 2016/17 academic year. The Faculty’s studentship aims to support and develop gifted postgraduate students within the arts, humanities and social sciences. Eligibility This studentship is available to new entrants (EU and Non-EU) to the MPhil in Philosophy programme, for admission in September 2016. In order to be eligible, applicants must hold and have officially accepted an Unconditional Offer of a place in this programme by 15 June 2016. Selection Criteria Applications are assessed competitively with the sole criteria for the grant of the studentship being the proven academic merit of the candidate. It is accepted, however, that very many candidates with exceptional qualifications will apply to the programme. Thus the decision as to the recipient of the studentship is at the exclusive discretion of the MPhil Course Director and MPhil Course Committee. As only one studentship will be available MPhil applicants are strongly advised to apply for all other funding and grants open to them. MPhil applicants are also expected to apply for the renewal of any Local Authority Scholarship they may have held as undergraduates. Conditions This studentship is offered subject to the following conditions: • The recipient must engage in full-time study and must register for the MPhil in Philosophy offered by Trinity’s Department of Philosophy, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, in academic year 2016/17; • The recipient is required to engage in relevant academic activities as determined by the MPhil Course Director; • The recipient must not be a simultaneous holder of other grants, or funding or other awards (or any other awards with a similar monetary value). How do I apply? MPhil applicants who meet the above eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for this studentship and there is no separate application process. The recipient of the award will be contacted during the week of July 4th. For additional information regarding the MPhil in Philosophy please visit www.tcd.ie/Philosophy/postgraduate/MPhil or contact Professor Paul O’Grady at POGRADY@tcd.ie https://www.tcd.ie/Philosophy/ https://www.tcd.ie/study https://www.tcd.ie/globalrelations [-]

M.Phil. in Chinese Studies

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time September 2017 Ireland Dublin

The M.Phil. in Chinese Studies seeks to develop students’ in-depth knowledge and understanding of China in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries within a comparative, global context. [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Ireland 2017. M.Phil. in Chinese Studies at Trinity This interdisciplinary two-year taught Master's degree in Chinese Studies offers a unique opportunity for you to engage deeply and critically with China today, and to provide a solid and rigorous foundation for your career aspirations. Our Master's degree in Chinese Studies seeks to develop students’ in-depth knowledge and understanding of China in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries within a comparative, global context. We approach the study of China from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including modern Chinese history and thought, politics and governance, language, society and culture. Flexible Design You can tailor your Master's programme according to your language ability and interests. Students choose between two key strands. Strand 1 offers you intensive Mandarin tuition in addition to the core modules on contemporary China, and aims to you to an intermediate proficiency level in spoken and written Mandarin. Strand 2 provides for students who have prior Chinese language learning experience and is also suitable if you are a native speaker of Mandarin. Strand 1: Core modules a) Chinese language and writing system b) Modern Chinese history c) Contemporary Chinese society and politics d) China in comparative perspective e) Mandarin 1 f) Mandarin 2 Strand 1: Elective modules a) Governance and politics of the PRC b) Business and economy of contemporary China c) Religion and thought d) Chinese diaspora and language in a global context e) Mandarin 3 f) Mandarin 4 Strand 2: Core modules a) Chinese language and writing system b) Modern Chinese history c) Contemporary Chinese society and politics d) China in comparative perspective e) Mandarin reading and discussion group on contemporary China Strand 2: Elective modules a) Governance and politics of the PRC b) Business and economy of contemporary China c) Religion and thought d) Chinese diaspora and language in a global context e) Mandarin 3 f) Mandarin 4 Study in China The first two semesters of the degree are delivered in Dublin. In the third semester of the degree, you will gain first-hand experience and understanding of Chinese life and society through our Study Abroad programme in one of Trinity's partner universities. You then return to Trinity College to complete the fourth and final semester, and submit a Master's dissertation. Dissertation Students write a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic within one of the three disciplinary areas of the Chinese Studies degree programme. Entry requirements Applicants are normally required to possess a good Honours Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification. The course is designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds. A background in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is helpful but not a requirement. [-]

M.Phil. in Literary Translation

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Ireland Dublin

The M.Phil combines two core courses, which address theoretical, linguistic and practical issues common to all, or most translation situations. It also provides a selection of specialized options, which include courses on the practical issues of literary translation and the comparative approach... [+]

M.Phil. in Literary Translation There is widespread interest in literary translation as a form of literary study, and as a discipline that extends the reading and writing skills obtained in an Arts degree. Trinity College builds on its large and successful language teaching experience in creating a programme specifically designed for the production and study of literary translations. The course brings together in an interdisciplinary framework, the expertise to create a unique programme for practitioners, future practitioners and students of the art of translation. The target language is English, but the following source languages are also available: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Czech and Polish. Where requested, we will try to provide support in other languages. The programme is taught by experienced lecturers, several of whom have published translated books, and by guest translators. It features a seminar in which students present and discuss their own work. A graduate of the course will be well equipped to undertake literary, cultural, academic or philosophical translation, and will be qualified for employment in any area demanding intercultural awareness and excellent writing and analytical skills. The aim is to each translation as an art, and to form professionals who will have learned to work in an ethos of mutual intellectual and linguistic exchange. The M.Phil combines two core courses, which address theoretical, linguistic and practical issues common to all, or most translation situations. It also provides a selection of specialized options, which include courses on the practical issues of literary translation and the comparative approach. [-]

M.Phil. in Textual and Visual Studies

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Ireland Dublin

This course explores the relationship between textual and visual forms of apprehension and expression in the modern world and their impact on European culture post-1900. The focus of the core module is on the graphic arts (poster, postage stamp, typography), photography and cinema, and on contemporary digital-based media. Various... [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Ireland 2017. M.Phil. in Textual and Visual Studies This course explores the relationship between textual and visual forms of apprehension and expression in the modern world and their impact on European culture post-1900. The focus of the core module is on the graphic arts (poster, postage stamp, typography), photography and cinema, and on contemporary digital-based media. Various theoretical approaches will be explored in relation to the word/image problematic which will be situated in a number of European cultural traditions. Course options focus on specific media (photography, cinema) or themes (the city, avant-gardes). The aim of the course is to bring students to a high level of theoretical and practical awareness of the text-image relation in cultural expression, equip them to analyse and evaluate the various forms text/image interaction takes, and to provide them with a training that will enrich their practice in other areas of study or professional engagement. The course consists of one core module stretching over two semesters and four one-semester modules (from a choice of 5 or 6). The first core module focuses on Word/Image relations in graphic design, ranging from posters and postage stamps to typography and logotype. The second core semester focus on word/image relations in photography, cinema and the digital media. The one-term options, two of which are followed each semester, include Text and Photography, Figuring European National Identities, Figurations of the European City, the Russian Avant-Garde and East European Cinema. A dissertation on a subject of the student's choice is prepared over the summer months. [-]

M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in International Peace Studies

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

International Peace Studies examines the sources of war and armed conflict and suggests methods of preventing and resolving them through processes of peacemaking and peacebuilding. The course combines perspectives from international relations, ethics and conflict resolution to reflect critically upon the wide range of social, political and... [+]

M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in International Peace Studies International Peace Studies examines the sources of war and armed conflict and suggests methods of preventing and resolving them through processes of peacemaking and peacebuilding. The course combines perspectives from international relations, ethics and conflict resolution to reflect critically upon the wide range of social, political and economic issues associated with peace and political violence. A week-long Mediation Summer School provides an opportunity to develop practical skills in the area of conflict resolution and mediation. There is also the option to participate in various field trips in Ireland and abroad. Students are required to take the two core modules as well as four modules from the list of modules. A sufficient number of optional modules must be taken to fulfil credit requirements. Core Modules The Politics of Peace and Conflict Research Methods Students must take four modules from the following list of options: International Politics Ethics in International Affairs Conflict Resolution and Nonviolence Armed Conflict, Peace-building and Development The United Nations and Conflict Resolution Human Rights in Theory and Practice Gender, War and Peace Northern Ireland: Conflict, Religion and the Politics of Peace The Politics of the Idea of Europe Race and Ethnicity, Theoretical Concepts Ethnic Conflict, Peace and the State Religion and International Relations NGOs in Theory and Practice: Internship Module Some changes to the structure and content of this course may be made during 2016-17. Prospective candidates should contact the Executive Officer for information on new developments. Teaching takes place in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course is available and is ideal for those on sabbatical, or for those who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules. Modules from the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies and the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation are open to students on the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on a module in either of the two other courses must first secure the permission of the relevant course coordinators. Dissertation A research dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted by 20 August. Admission Requirements Applicants should normally have an honors degree at second class level or GPA 3.2 or above. Students not meeting these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies. [-]

M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

A variety of modules is offered each year, drawn from the list below. A module on Research and Methods is compulsory; students select a further 5 modules for assessment and write a dissertation. Teaching takes places in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course of study is available which is ideal for those on sabbatical, or who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules... [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Ireland 2017. M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies A variety of modules is offered each year, drawn from the list below. A module on Research and Methods is compulsory; students select a further 5 modules for assessment and write a dissertation. Modules Authority, Tradition, Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology World Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue ®®: Meaning and Practice Religions and Ethics in a Pluralist World Nature, Grace and the Triune God Developing Doctrine: Identity and Change in Christian Tradition Interpreting Ecumenical Ecclesiology An Ecumenics of Loss: Religion, Modernity and Reconciliation Creation, Cosmology and Ecotheology Engaging Religious Fundamentalism Christian Seeds in Hindu Soil: Christianity in South Asia The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christianity in the World of Islam On Being Human: Theological Anthropology in Cross-cultural Perspective The Many Faces of Jesus: Christology and Cultures Comparative/Interreligious Ethics Cross-cultural Ministry and Interreligious Encounter Muslim God, Christian God: Islam and Muslim-Christian Comparative Theology Hindu God, Christian God: Hinduism and Hindu-Christian Comparative Theology Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations Issues in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue Northern Ireland: Conflict, Religion and the Politics of Peace Religions and International Relations Comparative/Interreligious Ethics Teaching takes places in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course of study is available which is ideal for those on sabbatical, or who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules. Modules from the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies and the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation are also open to students on the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on a module in either of the two other programmes must first secure the permission of the relevant course coordinators. Dissertation A research dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted by 20 August. Admission Requirements Applicants should normally have an honors degree at second class level or GPA 3.2 or above. Students not meeting these criteria may exceptionally be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies. [-]

MASTER IN FINE ART - PLAYWRITING

The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin.
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

On the Master in Fine Art degree in Playwriting at The Lir Academy we offer every student the opportunity to develop and hone their unique writing skill so that each play written is the best it can be. [+]

The theatrical landscape is constantly being moulded by theatre makers who are presenting original works or reimagining classics. Critical to this process is new writings and adaptations. On the Master in Fine Art degree in Playwriting at The Lir Academy we offer every student the opportunity to develop and hone their unique writing skill so that each play written is the best it can be. Modules in contemporary theatre practice, dramaturgy and workshops in writing, are supplemented with one to one training and development, so that each individual student has quality time with playwrights, directors and designers The training culminates with the students writing a full length play whilst being mentored by the Head of Playwriting, Graham Whybrow. Graham brings a wealth of experience to this role including twelve years as Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre. The course is designed to complement the existing Master in Fine Theatre Directing and the Master in Fine Art Stage Design incl Lighting Design, Costume Design and Set Design. Students on all three programmes will work together in collaboration, developing a shared understanding of contemporary theatre practice and a collective appreciation of the dedication and commitment required to make innovative performances happen. On completion of this postgraduate degree, you will qualify and graduate from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin Application Details THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ENTRY IN 2017 HAS NOW OPENED. In addition to the information required on the online form, you are also required to upload a copy of each of the following: a) letter that outlines the applicant’s theatre education and highlights the applicant’s writing experience to date. b) a ‘statement of purpose’ that refers to the applicants ambitions in terms of writing style, form and medium. c) a résumé (CV) d) a sample of writing in the form of a play (minimum 45 minutes reading time) e) two references/testimonials from those familiar with your writing and/or third level f) personal statement with a financial plan which indicates clearly how you intend to finance yourself if successful in gaining a place on the course. (Please note that writing samples will not be returned under any circumstance and that The Lir does not provide critiques of writing samples). Compulsory Modules Master in Fine Art Playwriting Full-time and part-time students will take three concurrent modules in the first two semesters. The fourth module will be taught in the third semester and subsequent summer months (for full-time students) or in the second year of the course (for part-time students). The fourth module will be supplemented by an ongoing series of masterclasses from professional writers and script editors. Contemporary Theatre Practice This module will introduce students to a range of contemporary theatre practices as evidenced in the theatres of Dublin. The principal aim of the course is to enable students to become conversant in the styles, forms, theories and practices that constitute contemporary theatre making in Ireland. In addition, students will be introduced to a range of dramatic production in related media (radio, television and film) whose styles and forms will be analysed in this module. The Contemporary Theatre Practice module is shared by all Master in Fine Art students (directors, designers and playwrights). Dramaturgy This module will be taught by a professional dramaturge. Its aim is to introduce students to a range of dramatic texts for the theatre or related media with an emphasis on the dramaturgical composition of those texts. An understanding of the contexts within which those dramaturgical strategies were produced will also be fostered. This seminar-based module requires students to examine key problems related to the creation and structure of scripts for performance. Students will consider a variety of theories regarding dramatic structure, consider the research requirements of script creation, explore different approaches to script development and learn to apply a dramaturgical vocabulary to a number of case studies. Writing Workshop The overall aim of the module is to prepare students for the writing of a play for performance in Module 4. Students will share their creative writing in a workshop format, and will receive both group feedback and individual tuition in the development of their craft. The module includes: creative workshops; developing an awareness of the professional writing context; developing an explicit, personal aesthetic; and offers the possibilities for writing in numerous professional contexts (theatre, education, community), and for various media (theatre and recorded media). This module also outlines career development and group or self critique; it introduces research skills, rehearsal etiquette and re-drafting. Play This module will be taught through individual supervision of the writing of a student’s full-length play (of between 45 and 90 minutes performing time). The play will be submitted for examination along with a reflective journal of the student’s practice. The development of the script will be aided by the involvement of professional actors and directors in the redrafting process. The module will culminate in a rehearsed reading of a selection of students’ work in a semi-staged showcase to an invited audience of theatre professionals. This showcase, which does not form part of the assessment, is designed to bridge the gap between training and the theatre and related industries. [-]

MA in Applied Linguistics

Mary Immaculate College
Online Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 Ireland Limerick + 1 more

The course is offered with three options for delivery; on campus, blended or fully online. The course is aimed at experienced English Language Teachers and other English language professionals. [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Ireland 2017. The course is offered with three options for delivery; on campus, blended or fully online. The course is aimed at experienced English Language Teachers and other English language professionals. Its main focus is on the use and teaching of the English language in a global context. This focus will address an international need for professional development, especially among teachers of English. The Masters in Applied Linguistics aims to provide a broad-based course of study in language description (language systems: grammar, lexis and phonology), theories of Applied Linguistics, theories of Second Language Acquisition, frameworks for the study of discourse, as well as specialist research skills for the empirical analysis of language in context. Typically, the course will run over three semesters. Semesters 1 and 2 will involve taught modules (lectures and activities). Semester 3 will be dedicated to the writing of a dissertation. The three semesters can be taken back-to-back in one calendar year using the summer period for the dissertation module (September – August). Alternatively, the course can be taken over one and a half years. Part-time options are also available. Each semester is structured into 12 weeks or units in which three modules are taken. Each module will involve ongoing assessment. This may involve a mixture of tasks such as quizzes, discussions, essays, oral presentations, etc. For those students opting for the blended and online delivery formats, the assessments will have online options for completion. To summarise, the programme begins in September. There are options regarding programme delivery mode and duration to suit individual needs: Delivery options: • On-campus: Traditional delivery format with on-campus, face to face lectures and tutorials • Blended: Combination of online and face to face delivery format • Online: Fully online delivery format using both pre-recorded and live webinars Time options: • Over one year: Full-time basis, from September 2016 to August 2017, using the summer period for the dissertation module • Over one and a half years: Full-time basis, September 2016 to December 2017, using the Autumn Semester for the dissertation module • Flexible part-time programme: Part-time basis, allowing students to undertake the course in a modular manner, accruing the required credits within 3 years Students exiting the programme, having successfully completed 60 ECTS, not including the dissertation (30 credits), can do so with a Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (level 9 on the NQF). Module outlines Core Features of Language: grammar, vocabulary and phonology This module will explore the interrelationship of grammar, vocabulary (lexis) and phonology in the language system. It will describe the formal systems of English, examining the individual building blocks of lexis (e.g. morphemes, semantic relations), grammar (e.g. word classes, phrases, clauses, tenses, modality) and phonology (phonemes, intonation patterns, features of connected speech), and the ways in which these forms work together and are used to create meanings in context. It will also examine the notion of fixed multi-word units, both integrated and fragmented, which form lexicogrammatical patterns. There will be a strong focus on how grammar, vocabulary and phonology interplay with discourse and pragmatics. Approaches to Language in Context This module will explore the importance of considering language in its cultural, social and interpersonal context of use and examine the factors that influence how we use language. It will consider the phenomenon of context in light of recent developments in spoken and written corpus linguistics. Language in context will be investigated through practical analytic tasks using authentic spoken and written discourse from a variety of different discourse contexts (e.g., family discourse, academic discourse, workplace discourse, etc.). In addition, structural approaches to exploring spoken language (e.g., the work of the Birmingham discourse analysts and conversation analysis) and approaches that can be applied to both spoken and written texts such as genre analysis will also be explored. This will facilitate both a top-down and bottom-up approach to language in context. The ‘new discourses’ of the digital age, such as blogs, wikis, twitter and other electronic texts will also be explored. Issues in Applied Linguistics This module introduces students to the key issues in Applied Linguistics and serves to provide students with a broad understanding of the concerns of Applied Linguistics. Models of language teaching will be critically appraised and dominant paradigms of second language acquisition will be evaluated. Notions of linguistic competence will be examined, including inter-cultural pragmatic competence in the context of cross-cultural and variational pragmatics. The module will also address multilingualism and language in a global context, including contemporary debates about teaching English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). Language assessment will also be a key theme, especially in terms of addressing notions of linguistic and discourse competency markers in testing spoken and written language. Within each area of the module, students will be introduced to a range of perspectives, allowing them critically evaluate different approaches and recognise the debates that currently occupy Applied Linguists. Classroom and Learner Discourse The module focuses on the interactional structure of teacher and learner discourse, looking empirically at the interactions between teacher and learners and between learners (peer-topeer). It seeks to develop understandings of the key interactional features and competencies of classroom discourse using analytical paradigms of conversation analysis and critical discourse analysis, underpinned by corpus linguistics methodological tools. The module also focuses on learners’ language in assessment (e.g. oral exams, essays, discussion fora, blogs, wikis) in the context of linguistic and interactional competencies. A key facet of the module will be to enable participants to transcribe, code and analyse empirical classroom and learner data so as to better understand this teaching and learning context and the linguistic and interactional competencies which it demands. Research Methods in Applied Linguistics This module will equip students with essential research skills for analysing language empirically. The module is designed to provide students with the skills to both evaluate the research of others and undertake their own independent research in the area of Applied Linguistics. It will focus on the methodological paradigms and experimental designs typically used in Applied Linguistics, including both qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches so that students can choose an appropriate methodology for a particular research question in a particular context of language use. The course will also cover practical methodological steps and procedures for research in Applied Linguistics, including the identification of a research question, finding sources for a literature review using appropriate databases, the practicalities of questionnaire design, speaker information sheets, recording protocols, transcription and coding procedures. The ethical issues that arise in research within applied Linguistics will also be discussed. The course will also focus on appropriate analytical frameworks for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data from recordings, questionnaires or other empirical sources. By the end of this module, students should be able to write a research proposal suitable for a dissertation within the programme and be sufficiently competent to carry out the research project. Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching This module describes the applications of corpus linguistics to language teaching and research. Electronic language corpora, and their attendant computer software, are proving increasingly influential in language teaching as sources of language description and pedagogical material. The module will explore the contribution of corpus linguistics to language learning and teaching and examine the opportunities offered by corpus linguistics to the learner and the teacher. The module will not only focus on how the teacher can use corpus linguistics in the classroom to create materials but also on how students can be encouraged to use corpora themselves. The limitations of using corpora in language teaching and the potential pitfalls arising from their uncritical use will also be discussed. The module will primarily refer to research, teaching materials and procedures relevant to English Language Teaching (ELT); however, it will also address issues related to language teaching in general. Phonetics and Phonology This module will cover the core elements of phonetics and phonology. Students will address the distinction between phonetics and phonology. Specifically, in relation to phonetics, the module will focus on the physiology of speech, including the points and manner of articulation and the transcription of speech sounds, using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). In terms of phonology, it will examine the speech sound patterns, connected speech processes (such as assimilation, coalescence, elision, liaison) and the distinction between the segmental and suprasegmental features of speech. Core to this module is the contextualising of phonology in terms of discourse intonation in relation to lexis, grammar, discourse and pragmatics in spoken language. Discourse and Pragmatics This module aims to extend student understanding of linguistic context through a focus on pragmatics. Core issues of concern in pragmatics such as deixis, implicature, politeness and speech act theory are outlined, discussed and evaluated critically. The module will also explore notions of universality by considering pragmatics from both inter- and cross-cultural viewpoints. Central to this module is the consideration of real and authentic data. Traditional data collection methods in pragmatics, such as discourse completion tests, role plays and interviews will be assessed. However, corpus pragmatics, a relatively recent development within the fields of corpus linguistics and pragmatics, will be the primary methodological framework. Corpus pragmatics allows for the interpretation of spoken or written meaning, with an emphasis on providing empirical evidence for this interpretation. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of the core pragmatic concerns on the basis of empirical investigations which they themselves will conduct. Entry Qualifications A minimum of two years’ experience in English Language Teaching (ELT) or Foreign Language Teaching, ELT publishing or translation, or related fields, plus a 2.2 honours degree, or higher; Alternatively, relevant prior experience in English Language Teaching (ELT) or Foreign Language Teaching, ELT publishing or translation, or related fields will be considered as a basis for entry on a case-by-case basis (acceptance under this criteria will be subject to an interview and in accordance with the University of Limerick Policy on Accredited Prior Learning). In the case of non-native speakers of English, an IELTS level 7 or equivalent will be required. [-]

MA in Development Studies by Flexible & Distance Learning

Kimmage Development Studies Centre
Online Part time Ireland Dublin

The Post Graduate Diploma / MA Degree in Development Studies by flexible and distance learning (FDL)offers learners the opportunity to combine work and study anywhere in the world, while still connecting online with a diverse and vibrant learning community. Learners can undertake the MA completely online or they can combine the best of distance and e-learning with classroom participation – it is tailored to the needs of learners who like to study in their own time and at their own pace, but still want to have the option of drawing on the benefits of face to face, participatory and experience-based interaction with other participants and tutors. [+]

The Post Graduate Diploma / MA Degree in Development Studies by flexible and distance learning (FDL) offers learners the opportunity to combine work and study anywhere in the world, while still connecting online with a diverse and vibrant learning community. Learners can undertake the MA completely online or they can combine the best of distance and e-learning with classroom participation – it is tailored to the needs of learners who like to study in their own time and at their own pace, but still want to have the option of drawing on the benefits of face to face, participatory and experience-based interaction with other participants and tutors. It is a less costly option than a face to face programme, especially for learners living outside of Dublin or Ireland, as travel and living expenses are minimised, and because you can continue to work where you are based. Despite geographical distance, by participating in online discussions and other networked activities, learners are still part of a community of learners at Kimmage. Participants successfully completing the programme will be awarded an internationally recognised MA in Development Studies, validated by Qualification and Quality Ireland (formerly HETAC). This programme is aimed at advanced level participants who hold a primary degree or equivalent qualifications and who have experience of working in a development context. Particularly welcome are leaders, facilitators and managers of community development projects, government and development agency staff, people involved in pastoral ministry, researchers, development educators, volunteers and activists. Some places are also retained for recent graduates who wish to study further before embarking on a career in development work. MA learners who combine online and classroom based learning can specialise within the programme by choosing from a number of elective areas that are most suited to their area of interest. These ‘specialist pathways’ include ‘Globalisation and Change’; ‘People Centred Development’ and ‘Development and Management’. Note that this course is also available through the Full-Time Study and Part-Time Learning options. What this Programme is About The programme is designed to prepare participants for work in development in a community, local government, youth/adult education, or NGO setting. It offers learners an opportunity to explore contemporary theories of social change and development and to analyse development policies and practices. It builds skills, especially in relation to research, leadership and working with groups and in the planning, management and evaluation of development projects. The programme aims to give participants the opportunity to develop: a critical awareness of social, economic and management issues underlying socio economic change conceptual and analytical skills critical to understanding and engaging with contemporary debates relating to development, including contrasting arguments and understandings of development processes the ability to apply such knowledge to policy analysis and practical problem solving a set of operational skills pertinent to working in the public, private, faith-based and NGO domains, especially in relation to leadership, motivation and working with groups and in the planning, management and evaluation of development projects understanding of research processes appropriate to different development contexts and issues, and the ability to undertake effective primary research in the development field new friendships and contacts with a dynamic and diverse group of committed people Note We are accepting applications for the following online modules commencing March 2016: Sociology of Development Research Methods Gender and Development Anthropology and Globalisation Managing Development Organisations Learners can commence with just one, or a number of these modules, continuing with further modules in October 2016 or March 2017, to build credit towards an MA award. [-]

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing

American College Dublin
Campus Full time 2 semesters September 2017 Ireland Dublin

Based in the childhood home of Oscar Wilde at 1 Merrion Square and delivered in association with the Irish Writers’ Centre, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing offers aspiring or published writers a one-year course of study which examines the process and practice of producing prose fiction. [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Ireland 2017. Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing Based in the childhood home of Oscar Wilde at 1 Merrion Square and delivered in association with the Irish Writers’ Centre, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing offers aspiring or published writers a one-year course of study which examines the process and practice of producing prose fiction. The work of the last two years’ classes has included pieces that were shortlisted for the Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition, twice longlisted for the Fish Short Story Competition, and two students who were selected as finalists in the IWC Novel Fair. Within a critical workshop and mentoring format students are provided with tuition and advice in completing either a novel or a short story collection. Consideration is given to the intellectual, psychological, economic and cultural influences that underpin and drive the creative writing process. The course also emphasizes the business and professional environment of writing, with seminars presented by agents and publishers and master classes by established writers. The programme provides the student both with expert guidance in producing a substantial written work of publishable standard, and with a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and practical requirements of successful participation in the activity of writing, whether as a professional career or as part of a lifelong personal commitment to creative endeavour. A graduate of the programme will be in a position to consider submission of a complete and polished work to a literary agent or publisher. He or she will also be prepared for participation in a range of complementary fields such as journalism, publishing, editing, online writing, advertising, marketing and teaching. The degree develops a broad spectrum of transferable skills, including advanced and adaptable writing techniques, informed responsiveness to critical and editorial commentary, self-management and organizational competencies, and a high level of expertise in understanding and locating creative work within a historical and critical context. These skills are applicable not only in careers that draw directly on the ability to write creatively, but also in a wide array of related business, cultural and social activities such as keeping a web page, blogging, advocacy and grant writing, criticism and commentary. Finally, the degree highlights the beauty and, amid such suffering as is necessary, the joy of creative expression. Regardless of the particular path a graduate follows, he or she will leave the programme with an enhanced, lifelong appreciation of the manifold intellectual and emotional benefits and consolations to be found in the practice of creative writing. Sean O’Reilly Sean O’Reilly teaches the novel workshop and the module on the craft of creative writing on the MFA in Creative Writing. Sean O’ Reilly grew up in Derry, Northern Ireland. His work includes the short story collection, Curfew, and the novels Love and Sleep and The Swing of Things and the experimental erotic novella, Watermark. He is a contributing editor to the literary magazine, The Stinging Fly. Mike McCormack Mike McCormack teaches the short story workshop on the MFA in Creative Writing. Born in 1965, Mike McCormack comes from the west of Ireland. He is the author of one collection of short stories, Getting it in the Head (1996), and two novels, Crowe’s Requiem (1998) and Notes from a Coma (2005). In 1996 McCormack was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Getting it in the Head was chosen as New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998. In 2006, Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award. In 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. The Irish Writers’ Centre The MFA in Creative Writing is delivered in association with the Irish Writers’ Centre, based at 19 Parnell Square. The Irish Writers’ Centre has long been a hub of literary activity in Dublin, supporting established and aspiring writers throughout Ireland from its location in what Joyce called 'the heart of the Hibernian metropolis.' It is a non-profit organisation, aimed at promoting literature and writers in Ireland. Since it was founded in 1987, the Irish Writers’ Centre has welcomed many award winning writers through its doors, including Nobel, Costa, Man Booker, IMPAC, and Pulitzer Prize winners. It has also served as an important platform for breakthrough talent, with many young writers giving their first public readings at the Centre. The Irish Writers’ Centre has considerable experience and expertise in teaching and promoting creative writing. These qualities, allied with American College Dublin’s long background in liberal arts higher education, have informed the development of the programme and provide ongoing support for it. The Centre serves as a space for programme events and presentations, facilitates MFA students in establishing contacts with agents, publishers and other key figures in the publishing industry, and provides a context for students to engage and interact with the Dublin and Irish writing community. All MFA students are required to be members of the Irish Writers’ Centre during the year of their registration on the programme and are encouraged to enter into its culture and activities, both during the course and in the years beyond. Additionally, as a general principle, students are encouraged to draw on the observations and other writerly enjoyments and inspirations that attend the experience of travelling the paths, by-ways and spaces that link Merrion and Parnell squares. Course Schedule The MFA in Creative Writing consists of a variety of taught classes, workshops, and a culminating final project, which is a substantial portion of a novel or a collection of short stories. All modules are mandatory, with the exception of one of the writing workshop classes in the first semester; novelists are required only to take the novel writing workshop and short story writers are only required to take the short story workshop, not both (however, though attendance in both is not mandatory, any student is wishes to participate in both is welcome to do so). The creative writing project is developed throughout the course of the programme (indeed, some students may come to the degree with work already in some stage of completion which is developed in the programme) and is completed during the summer, with a submission date in the first week of September) Semester 1 Imagination and storytelling Writing workshop 1: the novel Writing workshop 1: the short story The writer as critic The craft of creative writing Semester 2 The business of writing and publishing Writing workshop 2 Masterclass in fiction writing Creative writing project Course Requirements An honours bachelor degree in a cognate discipline may be an advantage but is not a necessity for entry to the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. The principal requirements for admission to the programme are demonstration of a sufficient interest in the activity of creative writing and furnishing of evidence of an ability to undertake and benefit from a course of master’s level study and tuition in creative writing. An applicant for the MFA should submit to the Admissions Office a statement of approximately 750 words of his or her interest in undertaking the course and a portfolio of his or her prose writing. The portfolio may consist of a single piece of writing or of a collection of up to four samples; the entire length of the portfolio should be approximately 3000 words. The applicant will also be required to attend an interview (in person or by means of the internet). Career Skills Along with academic knowledge that students receive throughout the duration of their chosen subject, students will also acquire and develop transferable career skills from their degree discipline. These skills along with potential career paths are provided below to give you a well-rounded view of what the course has to offer. These skills include: Advanced skills and competencies in written communication Advanced skills and competences in academic research Detail-oriented Creativity Self-management Organisational competencies Critical and editorial commentary Graduates of MFA in Creative Writing will be prepared to participate in a range of complementary fields including: Journalism Publishing Editing Online writing Advertising Marketing Teaching [-]

MA in Public Culture Studies

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology [IADT]
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Ireland Dublin

This programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to public cultures in Ireland and internationally. It is ideal for recent graduates from a range of humanities disciplines who wish to build their knowledge. It also offers those in media, new media, the public sector and arts advocacy an opportunity to acquire a postgraduate qualification. [+]

What is Public Culture Studies? ‘Public Culture’ refers to public policies, ideas, communication and behaviour in society. It also deals with the relationship between individuals and the state. Key areas of interest include public/private culture and public life, citizenship, the mechanisms of governments, the media, the arts and the public realm. Public Culture Studies is also an emerging field in the arts, most notably in the area of the arts, arts activism, arts and critiques, and cultural policy. This programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to public cultures in Ireland and internationally. It is ideal for recent graduates from a range of humanities disciplines who wish to build their knowledge. It also offers those in media, new media, the public sector and arts advocacy an opportunity to acquire a postgraduate qualification. Our MA runs on Fridays and on one evening from 4pm to 6pm. On completion of the programme, you will be able to: - Construct your own intellectual pathways from a range of specialised courses, featuring different fields of study within the context of public culture - Explore and evaluate the impact of state policy on cultural practices - Read, interpret and evaluate public documents - Engage with the complex and unpredictable issues and problems arising within the field of public culture, and reflect on and develop responsible solutions. Aims and Learning Objectives What will I be able to do when I graduate? An appreciation of the public nature of knowledge production, policy formation and decision-making opens the door to a wide array of possible careers. You can pursue careers as community arts leaders, cultural planners, public policy advisors and developers, arts advocates and researchers or, as a public activist, you will be dedicated to strengthening communities, furthering civic identity and advancing the field of public culture. This MA is recognised as the entry-level standard for research based PhD programmes, which are providing increasingly important pathways for professionals in the public sphere and in the arts. What modules will I study? Critical Theory of Public Culture, Research Methodologies, Modes of Professional Writing, Critical Approaches to Cultural Texts, Public Cultures and Critiques, Cultural Policies and Practices What are the Entry Requirements? - Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level - In exceptional cases, applicants will be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) process - Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview - Two references must also support your application [-]

MSc in Cyberpsychology

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology [IADT]
Campus Part time 2 years September 2017 Ireland Dublin

Cyberpsychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour in the context of human-technology interaction. It encompasses all psychological phenomena that are associated with or affected by emerging technology. [+]

Best Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Ireland 2017. What is Cyberpsychology? Cyberpsychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour in the context of human-technology interaction. It encompasses all psychological phenomena that are associated with or affected by emerging technology. This MSc studies human interactions with other emerging technologies, including the internet, mobile computing, mobile phones, games consoles, virtual reality, digital media and any other technology, which has demonstrated an ability to alter human behaviours. It considers the impact of evolving trends, such as technological convergence, on individuals. Cyberpsychology also examines human interactions with less ubiquitous technologies, such as cyborgs and artificial intelligence. The programme aims to provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of how humans interact with technology and in online environments. On completion of the programme, you will be able to: - identify key psychological concepts relevant to the virtual world - research how people use current technologies - analyse changing patterns of technology use - predict emerging and future trends in technology use - advise on the use of current technologies - critique the field of Cyberpsychology - apply appropriate psychological research methods to the Internet - apply their skills and knowledge to practical contexts - complete a piece of research in Cyberpsychology - work within an online community - evaluate their learning in Cyberpsychology and plan their future learning needs - reflect on the impact of the cyberworld on human life - identify differences or divergences between online and offline behaviour. Aims and Learning Objectives What will I be able to do when I graduate? The knowledge and skills you have acquired will be invaluable in a wide range of careers and activities, and so can be applied to virtually any endeavour related to technology. Graduates have found employment with social networking websites or as usability experts and online investigation specialists. Others have completed the programme to improve their performance in their current employment as journalists, marketing specialists, educators or IT professionals. This MSc will be highly relevant to individuals: - whose employer/organisation has an online presence - who are trying to harness the potential of ICT to assess/help individuals and groups - who work with young people and technology - who work in care organisations developing an online presence - who are trying to integrate ICT into employment or education. What modules will I study? Year 1 Principles of Psychology Online, Internet Research Methods (SPA) Psychology of Virtual Reality & Artificial Intelligence Year 2 Research Project, Social Psychology of the Internet and Computer Mediated Communication, Human Computer Interaction, Consumer Cyberpsychology. This MSc will be delivered through a mixture of face to face and blended learning (online complemented with face to face). Some modules may be taught as a block, others may run for the whole year. What are the entry requirements? - Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level - Applicants may also be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) process - Previous psychological study not essential - Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview - Two references must also support your application. [-]