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The Master of Arts (M.A., Magister Artium) is the most common Master's degree besides the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and nowadays awarded by most universities in Europe as well as world-wide. In combination with a 3-year or 4-year bachelor programme Master programmes replace old five-year programmes such as the German Magister and Diplom or the Dutch doctorandus. The study duration of a Master of Arts programme differs. There are 1-year as well as 2-year Master programmes offered.

According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) on average 30 credits each semester have to be achieved. A one-year programme has therefore typically 60 ECTS, a two-year programme 120 ECTS accordingly. The Master of Arts is typically awarded in fields such as languages, history, geography, philosophy, fine arts but also social sciences and has thus an overlap with the Master of Science.

In order to receive a Master of Arts, the completion of a dissertation based on independent research is usually required besides the completion of courses.

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242 Master of Arts Master's degrees in Ireland

M.A. Marketing Management

You control international marketing and advertising campaigns, you work together with partners, colleagues and agencies throughout the world: with a Master's degree in Marketing Management from IUBH University of Applied Sciences, you can become a leading marketing executive in a globally based company.

Master Programmes
M.A. Gender Studies

Formerly the MA in Women, Gender and Society, our recently renamed MA in Gender Studies at University College Dublin continues to deliver rigorous, critical, dynamic learning in feminisms, sexualities, masculinities, gender debates, politics and activisms.  

M.A. Media and International Conflict

This MA programme in Media and International Conflict at University College Dublin is designed to enable students to develop understanding of the ways in which media interact with war, international conflict and security. 

Clinton Institute for American Studies
M.A. Sociology (Applied Social Research)

The course focus is on sociological research methods, and the intention is to produce graduates ready to embark on research careers in the private, public, voluntary or academic spheres. Modules on qualitative and quantitative methods form the core of the course, along with modules on substantive issues of contemporary relevance.  

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Applied Linguistics

The MA in Applied Linguistics at University College Dublin is a themed, modular programme of studies with a total of 90 credits (60 credit taught modules + a 30 credit thesis). It is an interdisciplinary programme concerned with practical issues involving language in our globalised, multilingual world.

M.A. History of Art - Modern and Contemporary Art

Unique in Ireland, the taught MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism, University College Cork offers a stimulating, rigorous and wide-ranging exploration of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art and theory. Rooted in both solid historical training and cutting-edge critical methods, the course is designed to combine skills in creative and precise visual analysis, close reading of critical texts, and the cultivation of independent and original thinking and research.

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
M.A. Journalism

The MA is designed to provide in-depth and wide-ranging training and education for prospective entrants to the profession. It balances practical, theoretical, technical and analytical elements in a manner appropriate to the changing media environment and the new, and increasingly diverse, demands being made on entrants to journalism.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
M.A. Professional Design Practice

A one year full-time masters degree programme covering the area of professional graphic design practice. The aim of this course is to equip design graduates with the necessary skills and competencies needed to work effectively as design professionals.

Postgraduate Admissions
M.A. Research in Music

DkIT’s postgraduate programmes in Music Performance and Musicology are designed for graduates who are seeking to develop their performance and compositional capabilities and/ or document and develop their specialised knowledge of specific areas of music in Ireland and in Europe. 

M.A. Ethnomusicology

The Department of Music offers an innovative one-year taught Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology, University College Cork. Internationally renowned as a centre of excellence for the study of Irish traditional music and world music, the Department offers a fresh and dynamic approach to the study of music at postgraduate level in Ireland.

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
M.A. Traditional Music (Taught)

This taught, 2-semester online programme is rooted in Irish traditional music while also exploring outwards into the neighbouring traditions which have impacted on Irish music. It is performance- and presentation- based, with all material explored via personal solo and group music interpretation. 

M.A. Peace and Development Studies

In this MA or Graduate Diploma in Peace and Development Studies, students investigate debates about the origins and nature of conflict and explore a range of approaches to conflict resolution. Contemporary cases of conflict and responses to these are examined, as are the connections between peacebuilding and development. 

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Classics

This is a two-year programme, designed to provide graduates with in-depth study of a range of areas within the field of Classics, and with the skills necessary for carrying out research in one or more classical disciplines. The study of ancient Greek or Latin is compulsory in the first year, and may be continued in the second; prior knowledge of the language is not required.

Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy
M.A. Women's Studies

The MA in Women's Studies course has been offered in UCC for over 20 years. It is ideally suited to Irish, international and mature students (male and female) and this contributes to a dynamic mix in classes.

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
M.A. Ethnomusicology

The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year, full-time programme, which considers music in its cultural context. By applying theoretical concepts developed in the Social Sciences and by testing these within the context of field research, Ethnomusicology provides an alternative approach to the study of Irish Traditional Music, Popular Music and World Music. This approach embraces Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Area Studies and Education in addition to other relevant areas in musical studies.

M.A. Finance

The MA in Finance is a stimulating and challenging programme that provides international quality training in Economics, Finance and Econometrics.

Faculty of Social Sciences
M.A. Digital Media

The MA in Digital Media provides advanced creative and technical education in digital media within a supportive educational environment. Students are given practical training across a range of digital media practices, including Emerging Web Media, E-Learning, and 3D Modelling, whilst also developing their creative, critical and entrepreneurial skills within small-group classes.

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
M.A. Play Therapy (MA)

This programme is a postgraduate clinical training in Play Therapy. It aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge and clinical capability that would match international standards of best practice within the Play Therapy profession.

Social & General Studies
M.A. Teaching and Learning

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning aims to provide a structured,  integrated programme for developing high level, evidence- based competence in teaching, learning and scholarship within the third level, further education, post- primary and primary sectors.

M.A. Sexuality Studies

The MA in Sexuality Studies is a unique, interdisciplinary, postgraduate programme offering specialist theoretical training in issues relating to all sexualities in the Irish, European and global contexts. It is jointly established by the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, and the School of Nursing.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
M.A. Drama and Performance Studies

The MA in Drama and Performance gives you the opportunity to analyse, explore, and reflect on modern and contemporary theatre and perforamance in theory and practice. It invites you to engage with current theoretical and practical philosophies of performance.

UCD School of English, Drama and Film
M.A. International Relations - MSc

The study of politics informs you about the world around you, teaches you to analyse and evaluate that information and trains you to present that information in a compelling and useful way. These skills have meant that our graduates are always in high demand.

School of Politics and International Relation
M.A. International Political Economy - MSc

The study of politics informs you about the world around you, teaches you to analyse and evaluate that information and trains you to present that information in a compelling and useful way. These skills have meant that our graduates are always in high demand.

School of Politics and International Relation
M.A. Technical Communication and E-Learning

The purpose of this programme is to equip graduates with the skills needed to design and develop multimedia content and technology-enhanced learning solutions.  The need for this type of expertise is expanding rapidly as more and more companies and institutions use information and communication technologies (ICTs). 

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Ethnomusicology

The MA in Ethnomusicology is a one-year, full-time programme, which considers music in its cultural context. By applying theoretical concepts developed in the Social Sciences and by testing these within the context of field research.

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Mathematics ( MA)

This is a three-year part-time taught course. It is aimed at students who have a primary degree with a significant Mathematical content (such as Mathematical Studies graduates), but who do not hold an Honours Degree in Mathematics.

Faculty of Science & Engineering
M.A. Community and Youth Work

The MA in Community and Youth Work integrates advanced study in challenging issues facing society today with accredited professional education for key roles in community development, youth work, and associated equality, human rights, international development, local development, local authority, national institutions, and international agency work.

Faculty of Social Sciences
M.A. Translation Studies (French)

The MA in Translation Studies, University College Cork provides expert training in the linguistic and intercultural knowledge and communication skills required to become a professional translator.

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
M.A. Writing

The MA in Writing is a one-year, full-time course. It covers a range of genres and forms, and it interacts with our other postgraduate offerings in Literature and Publishing, Drama and Theatre, and Film. 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
M.A. Local History

History - Local History MA, University College Cork The taught component (Part I) will provide a practical guide to the writing of Irish Local History, discussing the most effective use of the main sources (both public and private records, from the thirteenth century to the twentieth) from a historical perspective. Particular attention will be devoted to the historiographical dimension of research and to the changing relationship between local and national history.

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
M.A. English

The MA Programme in English attracts individuals interested in gaining such a qualification in preparation for careers that build on strong skills in textual analysis and written and oral communication, such as journalism, broadcast media, publishing, culture and arts administration, politics, or social services.

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Chinese Studies

The MA in Chinese Studies aims to provide students who already have a background in Chinese language and culture at undergraduate level with an opportunity to specialise in the area of cultural and literary analysis with particular emphasis on the conflict and communication within the Sinosphere (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and between China and the West. 

M.A. Applied Linguistics

Linguistics - Applied Linguistics MA, University College Cork . This course will provide you with the tools to describe language from various analytical perspectives and with insight and training in various branches of applied linguistics. A further component of the course relates to the development of research skills in terms of methodological training for conducting research in this field.

Interdisciplinary Courses
M.A. Integrative Psychotherapy

This programme is a postgraduate course of study and training in Integrative Psychotherapy for practitioners who have completed the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy or its equivalent.

Social & General Studies
M.A. International Development

The  full time MA Degree in International Development is a 1 year (14 month) taught Masters  programme designed to prepare participants for work in international 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. 

M.A. Irish Folklore

To introduce the range and breadth of Irish folklore, as both subject and academic discipline. To explore major perspectives on Irish tradition and folklore through examples from popular traditions, narratives and material culture. The Irish Folklore programme is offered at University College Cork.

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
M.A. Classics

This programme provides multidisciplinary training in the professional skills required for the study of Classical Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
M.A. Landscape Archaeology

The landscape has become an increasingly important and significant concept in today’s Ireland, and is a central avenue for both academic research as well as for contemporary heritage management.

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
M.A. History of the Family (Online)

The central purpose of the MA in the History of the Family is to combine the strengths of two traditions: that of the independent researcher into family history and that of established disciplines in history particularly the well developed sub discipline of the history of the family.

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Creative Writing

The M.A. program in Creative Writing of Warnborough College is unique. Completely online, it is based on Aristotle’s theory of mimesis. Despite its ancient roots, the program meets all the needs of a postmodern writer in search of new writing paradigms for a changing world.

M.A. Modern Language Studies

This full-time MA in Modern Language Studies has been designed specifically with the aim of providing students who already have a background in Spanish, French or German at undergraduate level with a comprehensive foundation on the methodologies and critical issues surrounding language studies and the cultural and social contexts of the chosen language. The programme caters for students interested in preparing for doctoral study as well as for those wishing to pursue careers in areas outside academia, such as government, NGOs, and business.

M.A. History

The MA in History programme from University College Dublin is of interest to anyone who has a passion for history, an has performed well in their undergraduate studies in either history or a cognate discipline. The programme is intended to develop skills valued in academia and by employers.

UCD College of Arts and Humanities
M.A. Public Relations with New Media

This innovative MA programme offers the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of public relations as a form of communication and pays particular attention to the growing importance of digital and interactive media on the practice of public relations and its manifold impacts on the mass media industry.

Art, Design & Media
M.A. Modern and Contemporary Literature

We study literature and cultural history from the Romantics to the present, using ‘modernity’ as a common thread. You will further develop your analytical skills, and sense of literary history, but also expand your historical knowledge and theoretical grasp.

UCD School of English, Drama and Film
M.A. Modern Languages

The MA in Modern Languages at University College Dublin will interest students who have completed language, literature and culture studies at undergraduate level, and who would now like to pursue these studies in one or more languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish), possibly even comparatively and at an advanced level of proficiency.

UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
M.A. Sociology (Youth, Community and Social Regeneration)

This programme aims to equip students with the skills necessary to engage with contemporary theoretical, policy and practice-related issues relating to work and study with young people in the national and international context of community regeneration. 

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, MSc

The Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict - MSc, M.A. programme from University College Dublin is designed to provide you with a rigorous understanding of the causes and consequences of the processes of conflict and settlement.

School of Politics and International Relation
M.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This M.A. brings together at a postgraduate level some of the most important approaches in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in order to obtain the necessary abilities and understanding to deal with the challenges of globalisation and a globalised economy, democracy and becoming a responsible citizen, by addressing the intrinsic relationships between these subjects. 

M.A. Politics

The study of politics informs you about the world around you, teaches you to analyse and evaluate that information and trains you to present that information in a compelling and useful way. These skills have meant that our graduates are always in high demand.

School of Politics and International Relation
M.A. Cultural Differences & Transnational Processes (CREOLE)

This unique international Master’s degree allows the opportunity to study and analyse multiple complex societies, and to deal with cultural diversity, transnationalism, visual and popular culture. The programme’s main language is English. Proficiency in the language of the proposed partner institution (French, German, Spanish, Swedish, or Slovenian) is desirable.

Faculty of Social Sciences
M.A. Linguistics

This MA in Linguistics programme from University College Dublin is designed for students with little or no prior background in Linguistics. It aims to provide a thorough grounding in the core area of Linguistics and to introduce students to current research issues and contemporary theoretical approaches and practices.

UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
M.A. Irish Traditional Music Performance

The MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance is a one-year, full-time postgraduate programme designed to provide advanced tuition in the performance of Irish Traditional Music. Instrumental and vocal tuition is provided by a community of world-renowned traditional performers and tutors.

M.A. Gender, Sexuality and Culture

MA Gender Sexuality & Culture offers students an exciting and challenging range of modules where they will explore the theory, history and representation of gender and sexuality in literature, film, drama and popular culture.

UCD School of English, Drama and Film
M.A. Irish Literature and Culture

The MA in Irish Literature and Culture is designed to develop a strong scholarly appreciation of the texture and range of literary and cultural production in Ireland and to engage students in current theoretical developments in the area. 

Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy
M.A. Film and Television Studies

The programme is intended to provide students with rigorous grounding in film and television studies from a contemporary cultural perspective and in terms of the institutional policies and practices which bear on audiovisual production, distribution and exhibition.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
M.A. Art and Process

MA:AP welcomes students with diverse backgrounds e.g. painting, performance, film, architecture, installation, sound, sculpture etc. Process is proposed as a point of common focus for peer interaction, inviting diversity of approaches and media, and allowing the points of convergence and divergence between a range of practices to be explored.

Art, Design & Media
M.A. Ethics in International Affairs

The new MA programme in Ethics and International Affairs is a one-year, full-time programme that offers specialised graduate training in political theory with a focus on the global dimension.

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Statistics

This MA in Statistics programme offered by the University College Dublin is intended for students with a numerate background but who may have insufficient background knowledge to gain entry to the MSc programme.

UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics
M.A. French

The taught MA in French is aimed at graduates with a primary honours degree in French, with a minimum of 2.2 or equivalent, who have spent a year in France, or who have equivalent expertise in French language. It is designed for graduates of French who wish to take their study of French language, literature and culture to a deeper level and to enhance their language skills. A significant proportion of the course is delivered and assessed through French.

Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy
M.A. Music Therapy

The MA in Music Therapy is a two-year full-time programme of study which prepares graduates for professional practice as a music therapist.

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. History

This taught MA programme can be taken either in a full-time or part-time capacity. For students who are part time, the programme consists in the first year of one six-unit course on Ireland since 1920 and two three-unit courses on Methodology and Historiography.

History Department