American Studies - Media & International Conflict
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
On this programme, students will develop an understanding of how media interacts with war, conflict and security in international contexts. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach that considers both cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflict. Students will focus on issues such as: public diplomacy and soft power, the role of new media in perceptions of conflict, the production, circulation and reception of imagery of conflict, and the effects of news reporting on government policy and NGO activity.
- The programme analyses the complex roles played by the media in the presentation of conflict situations and addresses the relationships of the media, government, military, and NGOs in framing perceptions of international conflict.
- This is the only graduate programme in Ireland and one of very few in the world that blends together elements of media studies and international affairs to provide an innovative and challenging course of study
- Students can expect to take modules similar to: Media and US Foreign Policy, New Media and New Conflict, Public Diplomacy, Challenges facing US Foreign Policy. In addition student will submit a thesis 12,000 - 15,000 words.
The programme is available on a full and part time basis.
Vision & Value Statement
This is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of the cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflicts. We value and therefore encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach to the subject. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to think critically about the ways in which media interact today with war, conflict, and security in international contexts, both individually and as part of a group. As a result of this approach to learning, the programme uses teaching, learning, and assessment approaches such as seminar discussions, short and longer writing assignments, one-on-one advising, small group activities, presentations, internships, and engagement with practitioners.
-Students should be able to communicate in interdisciplinary, academic language about the cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflicts, with special emphasis on contemporary events.
-Apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study, including at the doctoral level.
-Demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public speaking with a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
-Develop a sophisticated understanding of how media interacts with war, conflict and security in international contexts.
-Develop significant expertise in a chosen subject by writing a MA thesis of approximately 12,000 words with an individual supervision from an academic member of staff.
-Display an understanding of interdisciplinary modes of study.
-Develop skills that will strengthen students ability to independently accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects.
Stage 1 - Core
Media and US Foreign Policy AMST40030
Minor Thesis AMST40050
Public Diplomacy and Soft Power AMST40130
Research Skills Seminar AMST40480
New Media New Conflicts AMST40490
The Newsroom AMST40610
Stage 1 - Option
Challenges in US Foreign Policy AMST40310
The Global Politics of Cyber Security AMST40560
The U.S. and the Middle East AMST40570
Trump's America AMST40590
An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in the subject area such as the Humanities, Politics, International Relations, Journalism or Media Studies but this is not an exhaustive list. Consideration will be given to students with a lower GPA but they will require an interview (via SKYPE or in person). And maybe asked for additional material
Applicants whose first language is not English must normally demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.
These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes
The following entry routes are available:
MA Media & International Conflict PT (Z138)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *
MA Media & International Conflict FT (Z137)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised
Z137: 1 year full-time or Z138: 2 years part-time.
MA Media & International Conflict (Z137) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7920
nonEU fee per year - € 19900
MA Media & International Conflict (Z138) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.
Next Intake:2019/2020 September
Post Course Info
Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers.
Many of our alumni work in international communication, foreign affairs and Dublin's vibrant tech sector, where a background in the global humanities is particularly valued. Others graduates work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including the media, Think Tanks, NGOs and advocacy work, whilst some continue on to PhD research.
Recent employers include Microsoft, LinkedIn, Kantar Media, Google, RTÉ, The Washington Marketing Group, Celtrino and the Institute for International & European Affairs. 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.
Who should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
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.