Migration Mobility & Culture

University College Cork

Migration Mobility & Culture

The 21st-century world is a world that is on the move. War, conflict, public health crises, and climate change have all brought about a situation in which mobility across borders is higher than at any other point in our history. To equip ourselves to interact with this new reality we need to develop skills that help us to understand the patterns of mobility that have brought us to this point and that help us to navigate diverse societies in constant flux. This cutting-edge Master’s in Migration, Mobility and Culture (MMC) will form graduates with a multi-focal and transnational understanding of the global grand challenge of migration and its relationship to culture, politics and the social sciences. In this one-year degree, you will engage with experts on migration from a range of disciplines, including Sociology, Languages, Literatures, Geography, Law, Applied Social Studies and Public Health.

The MA in Migration, Mobility and Culture is a UCC Futures Signature Programme, aligned to Collective Social Futures and Future Humanities, and showcases UCC’s research-intensive, innovative interdisciplinary mission while enabling breadth of learning. MMC will give staff and students the opportunity to test new ideas and develop graduate attributes that are unique to UCC.

With its interdisciplinary, practical and skills-enhancing content and wide-ranging types of assessment, the MA in MMC is designed to match the urgent need for initial and advanced training of professionals in all areas of society where specific knowledge regarding the complexity of interactions among people of different cultures, ethnicities and social groups is necessary.

Subjects taught

The MMC programme comprises 90 credits as follows:

Part I
Core Modules (50 credits)
LL6008 Mobility, Plurilingualism and Intercultural Communication in a Globalized World (10 credits)
LL6111 Theorising the Global: Migration Studies, Postcolonialism, and Critical Theory (10 credits)
LL6903 Research Skills in Migration, Mobility and Culture (10 credits)
SC6644 Im/mobilities: forced migration and belonging (10 credits)
SS6114 Migration, Mobilities and Social Policy (10 credits)

Elective Modules (Choose 10 credits)
LL6037 Migration and Culture (10 credits)
LL6038 Metropolis, Mobility and Minorities (10 credits)
GG6018 Conceptualising Society, Space and the City (10 credits)
EH6155 Migration and Public Health (5 credits)
GV6010 Contemporary Global Politics (5 credits)
LW2216 Humanitarianism and the Law (5 credits)

Or 10 credits of Language modules or equivalent in CELTA qualification.

Part II
LL6106 Dissertation/Major project in Migration, Mobility and Culture (30 credits)
or LL6100 Multilingual Cork: Creating a Transnational Interview Archive (30 credits)

* Note that MA Migration, Mobility and Culture was formerly known as MA Global Cultures and Languages.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have at least a Second Class Honours Grade 1 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in any discipline.

Applicants who hold a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in any discipline may also be considered and an interview may be required for such applicants.

All applicants must submit a statement detailing their motivation and readiness. This statement must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,000 words and must include the following:
Your reason(s) for applying to the programme
How the programme fits with your career plan.
Once the online application has been submitted, all applicants will be required to provide the name and email address of 1 referee (either academic or professional) and a communication will issue immediately from UCC to your referee requesting that they submit a reference directly to UCC.

Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may also be given to applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements as stated above but who present with significant and directly relevant work experience.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


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

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Daytime,Full time,Part time

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