Media Studies - Research
Students are provided with a flexible and tailored structured research programme within the Centre for Media Studies, including the development of transferable research skills, specialist knowledge and professional practices. Upon completion of this programme, students will have achieved competence in relevant areas of research, and demonstrated specialist knowledge and skills in their own area of research as well as in knowledge transfer and effective academic communication. This programme will equip them with the professional skills necessary to pursue academic and research careers.
An applicant wishing to undertake a research degree should submit a research proposal in writing, and consult with the Centre on the general suitability of the research topic and on the availability of an appropriate supervisor before submitting an application.
A range of modules, in the form of MA in Radio and Television Production modules, research seminar presentations, conference presentations, language school participation and summer school participation will be offered. Some of these modules may not be available every year, and students will be advised by their supervisor on which modules will be the most appropriate for them, and at what stage of their studies. Appropriate modules offered by other departments/schools within MU will be regarded as Transferable Skills Modules and students will be encouraged to take any such modules that their supervisor deems helpful and appropriate.
MLitt students must take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules (at least 5 in generic/transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules) from the Structured PhD programme.
Media Studies is an extremely interdisciplinary subject, and we welcome applications from candidates from a variety of other disciplinary backgrounds. Applicants should hold a BA (2:1 or higher) in Media Studies or another cognate discipline from the Humanities or Social Sciences. An MA in Media Studies or another cognate discipline from the Humanities or Social Sciences is preferred. Applicants without an MA will be required to register initially as MLitt students, transferring to the PhD register on approval after a period of study. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
Rolling. Applications are welcomed throughout the year, for registration in September and January of each academic year.
2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time
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A research degree in the Centre for Media Studies provides the opportunity for an academic career teaching and researching in Media Studies, Digital Media and associated disciplines. It also provides an excellent platform (depending on precise specialisation) for a career in policy development or within the varied media industries themselves.