Media & International Conflict

On this programme, students will develop an understanding of how media interacts with war, conflict and security in international contexts. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach that considers both cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflict. Students will focus on issues such as: public diplomacy and soft power, the role of new media in perceptions of conflict, the production, circulation and reception of imagery of conflict, and the effects of news reporting on government policy and NGO activity.

- The programme analyses the complex roles played by the media in the presentation of conflict situations and addresses the relationships of the media, government, military, and NGOs in framing perceptions of international conflict.

- This is the only graduate programme in Ireland and one of very few in the world that blends together elements of media studies and international affairs to provide an innovative and challenging course of study

- Students can expect to take modules similar to: Media and US Foreign Policy, New Media and New Conflict, Public Diplomacy, Challenges facing US Foreign Policy. In addition student will submit a thesis 12,000 - 15,000 words.

The programme is available on a full and part time basis.

Vision & Value Statement
This is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of the cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflicts. We value and therefore encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach to the subject. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to think critically about the ways in which media interact today with war, conflict, and security in international contexts, both individually and as part of a group. As a result of this approach to learning, the programme uses teaching, learning, and assessment approaches such as seminar discussions, short and longer writing assignments, one-on-one advising, small group activities, presentations, internships, and engagement with practitioners.

Related Programmes
MA American Studies FT
MA American Politics & Foreign Policy FT
MA American Politics and Foreign Policy
MSc Digital Information Management

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Media and US Foreign Policy AMST40030
Minor Thesis AMST40050
Public Diplomacy and Soft Power AMST40130
Research Skills Seminar AMST40480
News Media Today AMST40580
Politics and Digital Storytelling AMST40650

Stage 1 - Option
Challenges in US Foreign Policy AMST40310
The Global Politics of Cyber Security AMST40560
Trump's America AMST40590
Photojournalism AMST40690
Critical Geopolitics of Europe GEOG40450
War, Peace, and Globalisation HIS42480
One World, One Health? HIS42820
Modern Asia HIS42840

Entry requirements

- An upper second class honours degree (NFQ Level 8), or the international equivalent in the subject area such as the Humanities, Politics, International Relations, Journalism or Media Studies but this is not an exhaustive list. Consideration will be given to students with a lower GPA but they will require an interview (via SKYPE or in person) and maybe asked for additional material

- Applicants whose first language is not English must normally demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each element), or equivalent.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Media & International Conflict PT (Z138)
2 Years
Part Time

MA Media & International Conflict FT (Z137)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




Z137: 1 year full-time or Z138: 2 years part-time.


MA Media & International Conflict (Z137) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7920
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Media & International Conflict (Z138) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake:2019/2020 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers.
Many of our alumni work in international communication, foreign affairs and Dublin's vibrant tech sector, where a background in the global humanities is particularly valued. Others graduates work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including the media, Think Tanks, NGOs and advocacy work, whilst some continue on to PhD research.

Recent employers include Microsoft, LinkedIn, Kantar Media, Google, RTÉ, The Washington Marketing Group, Celtrino and the Institute for International & European Affairs. The programme will interest those seeking a career in international communications, professionals seeking more critical understanding of the international dimensions of their industry, and those wishing to prepare for advanced research in this area.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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