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International Contemporary Literatures and Media
Do you have an interest in contemporary literatures and film from around the globe? If so, the MA (International Contemporary Literatures and Media) is for you.
This is an exciting multidisciplinary and comparative MA programme that aims to familiarise you with movements, authors, texts and themes of international contemporary literature and film. Incorporating modules from, for example, Journalism, Film Studies, Drama and Performance, you will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of modules that will compliment your interest areas and potential career path. The programme also broadens your intellectual horizons and provides you with the skills for research and critical analysis.
While you do not need proficiency in languages other than English for this programme (in core modules, texts will be read in translation), proficiency in other language will allow you to choose from a wider range of optional modules.
You will be prepared for a variety of careers in media, arts administration, teaching, and international marketing and communications.
The course provides excellent preparation also if you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Deirdre Byrnes, PhD
Catherine Emerson, PhD
Tina-Karen Pusse, DPhil (co-ordinator)
Kate Quinn, PhD
Prof. Bill Richardson, PhD
Prof. Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa, DPhil (co-ordinator)
Michael Shields, MA
Requirements and Assessment
1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates
Mode of study
The late 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century saw fundamental cultural changes brought about by factors such as globalisation, the end of the Cold War, and technological and communicative innovations, and these changes are intensely reflected in literature and media. The course programme includes the study of seminal texts, films and other media by international authors and artists mostly from the 1960s to post-modernism and beyond. Non-English texts will be read in translation.
You will study four core modules (The Art of Reading, Contemporary Genres, Worlds of Fantasy, Literature and Conflict) and two optional modules from other programmes (for example: Irish Contemporary Drama, Digital Film and Culture, Journalism, Gender and Sexuality in Irish Cinema, Culture and Colonialism) across Semester One and Two and will be required to undertake a dissertation.
Why Choose This Course?
If you are interested in contemporary culture, but are looking for a less anglo/US-centric offering, then this is the course for you.
Postgraduate students acquire a flexible skills base in dealing with creative and communicative tasks, along with analytical, organisational and research skills. They move on to avail of a corresponding range of career opportunities after graduation. Careers can be developed in, for example, publishing, print and electronic media, the culture industries and education.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Please note: The fee payable by EU students is listed under "Fees: EU". This field is the sum of the student levy + tuition. Fees are payable each year and are subject to change year-on year.
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.
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