Cultural Differences & Transitional Processes - CREOLE

CREOLE is an innovative two-year Anthropology degree (120 ECTS), funded under the EU SOCRATES Programme, in which students are required to spend two of the four semesters at one or more European partner institutions:

•Universität Wien (Austria)
•Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)
•Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 (France)
•Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia)
•Universitat Bern (Switzerland)
•Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)

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, or Slovenian) is desirable.

Entry requirements

BA degree (2.2 or higher) in Anthropology or cognate discipline, or a recognised international equivalent.

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.

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Normally, Maynooth University students complete 60 ECTS worth of taught modules in their first year at home in Maynooth. For their second year, students visit at least one of the partner universities where they must carry out original research and submit a thesis. For the thesis, students identify their primary supervisor at the home university (MU) as well as a co-supervisor at the partner university they visit. There is also an Intensive Programme (IP) which takes place every year between Semesters 2 and 3 – normally in July – where all students from all partner universities come together for learning, teaching and networking in one of the 8 partner universities.

Compulsory Modules (55 credits)
AN651 Social Thought (10 credits)
AN653 Writing Cultures (10 credits)
AN630 Creole Culture (5 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)
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)


2 years Full-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.

Enrolment dates

Commences September

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Career Options
The CREOLE MA places its graduates in an excellent position to pursue a wide range of international careers. The experience of living and working in at least two different linguistic settings of Europe equips graduates to communicate well in the context of social and cultural diversity, while the completion of a field-based original research project provides them with analytic and problem-solving competencies that are highly valued in both public and private sectors. Students might pursue careers that deal with migration, visual and popular culture, cultural heritage, or international policy, and might work in internationally oriented NGOs, government organizations, international organizations at the European or global level, or international business.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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