MA in Media and International Conflict

UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies

Program Description

MA in Media and International Conflict

UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies

“Studying in the Clinton Institute was a wonderful experience. The classes are small, which means you really get to know everybody, and there is a very comfortable atmosphere. A wide range of topics ensured that everybody got a chance to study and discuss areas that they are passionate about. Lively debates were the norm!. This MA was a fascinating journey through history, current affairs, politics and media. It offered a great opportunity to build strong research, writing and presenting skills, with the help of diligent and engaging staff of the Institute . I would do it all over again if I could!” – Karen Dunne

This MA programme in Media and International Conflict is designed to enable students to develop understanding of the ways in which media interact with war, international conflict and security. It analyzes the complex roles played by the media in the enactment and representation of international conflict and addresses the relationships among media, governments, the military, and NGOs in framing perceptions of international conflict.

It provides an interdisciplinary approach that considers both cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflicts, focusing on issues such as : public diplomacy as soft power, human rights and representation, distinctions between information and propaganda, the ethics of depicting human suffering, the role of new and social media in perceptions of conflict, the visual economy of the production, circulation and reception of imagery of conflict, and the effects of news reporting on government policy and NGO activity. Modules in this programme are taught by resident UCD faculty and by external speakers, both academics and practitioners, who will broaden intellectual discussion and speak to examples of media work.

The programme will interest those seeking a career in international communications, professionals seeking more critical understanding of the international dimensions of their industry, and those wishing to prepare for advanced research in this area.

“What’s great about this degree?, it is what you make of it. The MA in Media and International Conflict is a fascinating intellectual and social experience that you can shape to suit your desires. My peers are solicitors, sales people, journalists, techies, consultants, HR-gurus and reality TV producers. This is a degree for bright, exciting, ambitious and funny people, and I can gratefully say that enrolling was one of the best decisions I’ve had the chance to make” – Sarah Hale

The MA curriculum is kept under review and modules may change from year to year. This is a 90 credit programme, of which 60 credits come from taught modules and 30 from a dissertation. 50 credits are from core modules and the remaining 10 from a list of options available through other Schools.

Careers

Our alumni are working in a diverse range of careers and include:

Media, NGOs, Public Service, Communication & PR, Research Centres, and Information Technology.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants for the MA should hold one of the following qualifications:

  • A first class or second class, grade 1 degree
  • A US or Canadian degree with a GPA of 3.5
  • If an applicant doesn’t meet the normal entry requirement of a Level 8 degree, in exceptional circumstances they would normally present another qualification or award along with extensive work experience in order to be considered.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 16, 2017
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Price €7,030 Full-Time EU students. €17,900 Non-EU students.