Course Outline
MA Anthropology at UCC 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 Moral Foundations of Economy & Society research centre, 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, this Masters degree offers a unique opportunity to gain intercultural competencies as well as professional and transferable skills. It will appeal to students with a strong international and intellectual outlook who seek a deeper understanding of the cultural, political and social challenges of the 21st Century.

Course Practicalities
The MA Anthropology on the one hand employs conventional classroom practice and pedagogy but on the other hand transgresses and broadens it through its summer schools, winter schools and fieldwork placements with partner institutions globally.

These summer and winter schools as well as fieldwork placements offer unique spaces for free and unconventional/ alternative thinking and educational practice by means of the culturally alienated educational scenarios and contexts.

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 understanding and empathy through local engagement.

Why Choose This Course
The MA in Anthropology is a new and a unique programme that fills a large gap in the Irish higher education landscape

Anthropology is uniquely well-placed to provide an analysis of our contemporary local and global situation: Recent and on-going political and economic crises bring into sharp relief the need to forefront anthropological perspectives and expertise to the benefit of the social sciences and public life. Such a programme will offer the increasing number of international students with personal lived experience of migration, immigration and globalisation, conflict and war, a vehicle with which to voice their own thoughts and experiences to an academic standard. There is no graduate programme in Ireland and few internationally that address this intersection.

The programme will employ conventional classroom pedagogy combined with summer school, winter school and fieldwork placements with partner institutions globally. The already existing summer and winter schools will service not only the students from the MA in Anthropology programme but also students in other Irish Third Level Institutes, and, will also offer a recruitment window for international students.

The summer school and winter school plus the fieldwork placement make this a very attractive programme with a unique profile in Ireland.

Placement or Study Abroad Information
Students will be exposed to international perspectives and possibilities facilitated in particular through summer, winter-schools and the 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.

Entry requirements

A candidate for this MA programme must normally hold an Honours Bachelor degree, Second Class Honours Grade I (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 Bachelor degree with a Second Class Honours Grade II may also be considered subject to review by the Board of Studies.

As part of the application process all applicants will be required to submit:
1.A supporting letter which should outline your intellectual biography and your reasons for pursuing postgraduate studies in Anthropology.
2.A research proposal which should outline, as precisely as possible, a research topic on which you propose to write a dissertation. It should identify a question, issue or problem; develop hypotheses concerning the problem; show the theoretical framework within which the problem and hypotheses are formulated; indicate the ethnographic fieldwork method(s) which you will apply. While the research proposal will be important in the evaluation of the applicant's ability, successful applicants will be free to modify and alter their research interests in accordance with the knowledge gained and new perspectives encountered in the course of their studies.
3.Prospective applicants may be required to present themselves for an interview. The interviewing of overseas applicants may be conducted by Skype.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Subjects taught

Part One:
Core modules:
• AY6001 Anthropology: Paradigms & Theories (15 credits)
• AY6002 Ethnography, Practice and Writing (15 credits)

Summer School/Winter School modules:
• AY6006 International Political Anthropology Summer School 1 (5 credits)
• AY6007 International Political Anthropology Summer School 2 (10 credits)
• AY6008 Economy and Society Summer School 1 (5 credits)
• AY6009 Economy and Society Summer School 2 (10 credits)
• AY6005 International MEWSC Anthropology Winter School (10 credits)

• AY6004 Anthropology and Social control (10 credits)
• AY6025 Anthropology and Aesthetics of Performance: Ritual and Theatre (10 Credits)
• SC6623 Globalization and Culture (10 credits)
• SC6624 Civilization and Globalization: The Rise and Dynamics of the Modern World in the Context of Civilizational Analysis (10 credits)
• SC6627 Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization (10 credits)
• SC6631 Sociology of Sustainable Development (10 credits)
• SC6602 Economy and Society Summer School (10 credits)
• SC7002 Economy and Society Summer School 2 (10 credits)
• RG6050 Deities, Devotion and Disciplines in Indian Religions (15 credits)
• RG6061 Indigenous Worldviews and Minority Religions (10 credits)
• RG6080 Religions in Contemporary Ireland (15 credits)
• RG6095 Religions and Memory (15 credits)
• MU6042 Ethnography of Music (5 credits)
• MU6043 History and Theory of Ethnomusicology (10 credits)
• GV6104 Political Participation and Mobilisation (10 credits)
• GV6112 The Third Sector and the State (5 credits)
• FL6001 Popular and Unpopular Culture: Festival, Ritual, Belief and Narrative (10 credits)
• AD1020 The Study of Human Beings (5 Credits)

Part Two:
• AY6003 Dissertation (30 credits)

• AY6010 Fieldwork Placement (30 credits)


1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

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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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