University College Cork


Course Outline

Our MA Anthropology programme at University College Cork is an exciting new postgraduate degree that represents state-of-the-art in-field training in ethnography, combined with cultural, political and social theory. Bringing together the knowledge & skills of staff at the Marginalized & Endangered Worldviews Study Centre and the Economy & Society Research Centre, the programme is taught through students’ active participation in international summer schools & colloquia, as well as classroom seminars, and with practical fieldwork opportunities in Latin America, India, and several sites throughout Europe including Ireland. We offer our students a unique opportunity to gain intercultural competencies as well as professional and transferable skills. It will appeal to those of you with a strong international and intellectual outlook who seek a deeper understanding of the cultural, political and social challenges of the 21st Century.

Part-time Option

Students take 90 credits over two parts: 60 credits in Part I and modules to the value of 30 credits in Part II.

Fieldwork Placement

The Fieldwork Placement takes place in one of our partner universities and will be jointly supervised by a team of two supervisors, one based at UCC and one in the partner university. The supervisor in the partner university will oversee and facilitate the practical aspects of the fieldwork project.

Students will be exposed to international perspectives and possibilities facilitated in particular through summer, winter-schools and fieldwork placements.

The fieldwork placement will offer a unique opportunity for Irish students to engage in ethnographic practice at a range of institutions in India, Latin America, and Europe, and for international students to conduct ethnographic research in Ireland.

The international local and global experience of transcultural learning and communication offers unique academic think-tank and creative spaces which foster global empathy through local engagement.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

The placement will be designed by the two supervisors in consultation with the student before they depart for fieldwork. Students will go on fieldwork placement for one to two months in Ireland, Europe, or to non-European partner universities between the months of April and August. The placement will be monitored by a UCC academic mentor plus a local mentor if the fieldwork is undertaken at a non-European partner university. Students will be expected to report their experiences at agreed intervals.

The fieldwork placement allows you to engage in ethnographic practice at a range of institutions in India, Latin America, and Europe, and for international students to conduct ethnographic research in Ireland.

The international local and global experience of transcultural learning and communication offers unique academic think-tank and creative spaces which foster global understanding and empathy through local engagement.

For a student to go on fieldwork placement pertinent conditions must be satisfied by the Programme Director including but not limited to linguistic requirements, political stability, health concerns, travel and health insurance undertaken, and logistical practicalities. Where unsure the Programme Director will consult with the Board of Studies or where conditions are unmet a student may make their case to the Board of Studies. The decision of the Programme Board of Studies is final.

Subjects taught


Part I (Full-time) (60 credits)

Students complete core modules to the value of 30 credits and select 30 credits from the elective modules. Our students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Summer/Winter Schools and can take up to 10 credits from those on offer in a given year.

Core Modules

AY6013 Anthropology: Paradigms & Theories (10 credits)

AY6015 Ethnography, Practice and Writing (10 credits)

AY6016 Rereading the Anthropological Classics (10 credits)

Summer School/Winter School Elective Modules

AY6017 Atlantic Anthropological Workshop (10 credits)

SC6001 Economy and Society Summer School (5 credits)

SC6002 Economy and Society Summer School 2 (10 credits)

Standard Elective Modules

AY3002 Dark Heritage: Anthropology of Death, War, and Difficult Pasts (5 credits)

AY3003 Semiotics and Anthropology (5 credits)

AY6004 Anthropology and Social Control (10 credits)

AY6014 CyberSocial Futures (10 credits)

AY6025 Anthropology and Aesthetics of Performance: Ritual and Theatre (10 credits)

GV6115 European Security (10 credits)

LW6544 Criminology: Core Theories, Context and Critique (10 credits)

MU6042 Ethnography of Music (10 credits)

MU6043 History and Theory of Ethnomusicology (10 credits)

SC6631 Sociology of Sustainable Development (10 credits)

SC6636 Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilisation (10 credits)

SC6638 Rethinking Borders: Sovereignty, Rights and Justice (10 credits)

SC6639 Feminist Epistemologies: Feminisms, Sexuality and Society (10 credits)

SC6642 Social Theory and Climate Justice (10 credits)

SC6644 Im/mobilities: forced migration and belonging (10 credits)

SC6645 Alcohol and Society: Use, Regulation and Harms (10 credits)

Part II (30 credits)

AY6003 Dissertation (30 credits) or

AY6010 Fieldwork Placement (30 credits)

Entry requirements

A candidate for this MA programme must normally hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent, in Anthropology, or a cognate subject in social/cultural sciences (Sociology, Criminology, Management, Development, Political Science, Languages, Social Sciences, Classics, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Study of Religions) or equivalent international qualification.

Candidates who hold a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) may also be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) subject to review by the Board of Studies.

As part of the application process, all applicants will be required to submit:

1. A supporting statement which should outline your intellectual biography and your reasons for pursuing postgraduate studies in Anthropology.

2. Prospective applicants may be required to present themselves for an interview. The interviewing of overseas applicants may be conducted online.

Application dates

Closing Date: Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9th September 2024.

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information

Anthropologists can be universally employed as intercultural competency, socio-cultural reflexivity and cultural literacy represent key social and educational skills in contemporary societies. Identified career paths are:

- Research

- Education

- Higher Education

- International and national politics

- Journalism

- International Organisations (UN, UNESCO etc)

- NGO sector

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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