The MA in Anthropology is an advanced degree in socio-cultural anthropology in which students are given a sophisticated introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline, a block of modules that open up and explore the conceptual and methodological core of the discipline, and a series of specialized modules that show the range of socio-cultural anthropology today. Students are also required to write a thesis. The MA in Anthropology is primarily a scholarly degree that aims to equip students for later doctoral research or for work in roles that demand academic social-scientific knowledge or the particular skills of trained ethnographic researchers.
A degree (2.2 or higher) in Anthropology or cognate discipline, or a recognised international equivalent.
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
Students take a total of 90 credits over 1 year.
Compulsory Modules (60 credits)
AN651 Social Thought (10 credits)
AN653 Writing Cultures (10 credits)
AN652 Key Concepts in Anthropology (10 credits)
AN634T Thesis (30 credits)
Optional Modules (subject to availability)
AN646 Foundations of Linguistic Anthropology (5 credits)
AN647 Foundations of Medical Anthropology (5 credits)
AN648 Foundations of Material Culture and Design (5 credits)
AN649 Foundations of Anthropology & Development (5 credits)
AN862 Ethnography Winter School (5 credits)
AN630 Creole Culture (5 credits)
AN666 Topics in Linguistic Anthropology (5 credits)
AN667 Topics in Medical Anthropology (5 credits)
AN668 Topics in Material Culture & Design (5 credits)
AN669 Topics in Anthropology & Development (5 credits)
PD606 Design Ethnography (7.5 credits)
PD602 People, Society and Design (5 credits)
GY619 Public Engagement Research and Practice (10 credits)
GY625 Spaces of Algorithmic Governance (10 credits)
GY627 Places, Landscapes, Mappings (10 credits)
GY629 Spatial Justice: Geographies of Social & Environmental Change (10 credits)
MD622 Critical & Creative Media Research (10 credits)
MD624 Irish Media History (10 credits)
MD626 Media Archives (10 credits)
MD629 Screen Production: Formats and Genres (10 credits)
MD630 Creative Interactive Computing (10 credits)
MD631 Writing for Screen Media (10 credits)
MD632 Media Publics: Digital Media, Public Discourse and Politics (10 credits)
Students take a total of 90 credits over 2 years.
Those intending to take the part-time MA in Anthropology are expected to take 40 credits in the first year. Except in circumstances where permission is given, students are expected to complete the three 10-credit foundational modules in semester 1, Social Thought, Key Concepts in Anthropology, and Writing Cultures. The remaining 10 credits should be completed in the form of two 5-credit modules.
Students will complete 50 credits in the second year. Students are required to write a thesis which represents 30 credits. The remaining 20 credits should be completed in the form of four 5-credit modules. The MA in Anthropology is primarily a scholarly degree that aims to equip students for later doctoral research or for work in roles that demand academic social-scientific knowledge or the particular skills of trained ethnographic researchers.
MHC60: 1 year Full-time
MHC61: 2 years part-time.
In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.
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An anthropology degree provides an excellent preparation for a wide variety of fields in both public and private sectors, and is an especially good foundation for an international career. Anthropology has become increasingly important as a job skill in the context of globalisation, where a deeper understanding of cultural difference is crucial, both locally and internationally. Our graduates go on to employment in a wide variety of careers in community work, education, the health professions, product design, international aid and development projects, NGO work, business and administration, and more.