Master of Arts in Media Studies
The Master of Arts in Media Studies is an innovative programme offered by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and the University of Limerick. The programme takes place on both two campuses, mainly in the evenings to facilitate people who are working in the media or elsewhere. Classes are taught on both campuses and students can avail of the fine study and recreational facilities on the South Circular Road and in Passey.
The programme meets a demand for postgraduate courses in the specialised area of Media Studies outside the greater Dublin area and extends Mary Immaculate College’s Media and Communication Studies provision beyond undergraduate level. Members of the Department also supervise a large number of research masters and PhDs. We have a generous assistantship and scholarship scheme and we are more than happy to explore options with potential students from a variety of backgrounds.
Programme Aims and Objectives
The programme familiarises students with current issues and developments in Irish and international mass media and mass media theory, situating the analysis of Irish media within the context of post-Independence Irish society, culture and identity.
Students develop the ability to analyse structures, trends and developments in Irish mass media and undertake research, using a variety of methodologies, on key aspects of media production, texts and consumption.
The programme also aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to advance to doctoral degree studies and to enhance career opportunities in media and other professional fields.
Programme of Study
The MA programme is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories and applications from a range of academic fields, including sociology, history, cultural studies, literary theory and linguistics. It seeks to analyse the historical, social and cultural contexts in which Irish media have been produced; how meaning is generated through the interplay of image, word and sound in media texts; and how the media both impact upon and are invested with significance by their audiences.
The programme offers three compulsory ‘core’ modules in Semester One. These provide the theoretical, analytical and practical tools with which to engage in more specialised work in Semester Two. Here, students choose three from six optional modules, enabling an attractive and fruitful range of combinations. Each module lasts 12 weeks and entails 3 contact hours per week. 3 credits are awarded per module, giving a total of 18 on completion of 6 modules.
Students also complete a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words on an approved topic. A further 18 credits are awarded on completion of the dissertation, giving a total of 36 credits for the programme.
The programme’s teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, occasional presentations by guest lecturers, individual consultation with relevant lecturers, guided reading and written assignments.
Students are required to attend a series of postgraduate research methodology seminars as part of the preparation and presentation of dissertations, and to submit dissertations by the stipulated deadlines.
The minimum qualification is normally a second-class honours degree, grade two, in a cognate area, such as a general Arts degree. However, applications may also be considered from persons with an approved equivalent qualification and/or relevant professional experience. Applicants may be required to attend for interview.