International Contemporary Literatures & Media

This is an exciting multidisciplinary and comparative MA programme that aims to familiarise you with movements, authors, texts and themes of international contemporary literature and film. Incorporating modules from, for example, Journalism, Film Studies, Drama and Performance, you will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of modules that will complement your interest areas and potential career path. The programme also broadens your intellectual horizons and provides you with the skills for research and critical analysis.

While you do not need proficiency in languages other than English for this programme (in core modules, texts will be read in translation), proficiency in other language will allow you to choose from a wider range of optional modules.

You will be prepared for a variety of careers in media, arts administration, teaching, and international marketing and communications.

The course provides excellent preparation also if you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area.

Subjects taught

You will study four core modules (The Art of Reading, Contemporary Genres, Worlds of Fantasy, Literature and Conflict) and two optional modules from other programmes (for example: Irish Contemporary Drama, Digital Film and Culture, Journalism, Gender and Sexuality in Irish Cinema, Culture and Colonialism) across Semester One and Two and will be required to undertake a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Second Class Honours NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent in any discipline with a strong literature or media component.

Application dates

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Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


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

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2024
Closing Date Offers are made on a rolling basis

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Career Opportunities
Postgraduate students acquire a flexible skills base in dealing with creative and communicative tasks, along with analytical, organisational and research skills. They move on to avail of a corresponding range of career opportunities after graduation. Careers can be developed in, for example, publishing, print and electronic media, the culture industries and education.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time

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