Media Studies - Research

This structured research programme focuses on the research skills necessary for an academic career in media studies, digital media, and associated disciplines. A research degree in media can be an excellent platform for a career in policy development within the media industry or the public sector.

Entry requirements

Normally first-class honours or high upper-second-class result at the MA level. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss their research topic before submitting an application.


MHS02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHS03 PhD 5 years Part-time
MHS04 MLitt 2 years Full-time
MHS05 MLitt 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Programme Director Gwen Bouvier
Tel +353 (0)1 474 7224
Address Dept of Media Studies, Iontas Building, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare


Postgraduate research in Media Studies at Maynooth encompasses the study of both historical and contemporary media forms. Staff research and supervision interests include 20th and 21st century print media and popular culture in Ireland; early Irish cinema history; contemporary cinema and its digital turn; queer film and television studies; animal studies and posthumanism; digital literature; feminism and digital culture, and racism in online communities.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research Interests
PhD students in Media Studies at Maynooth are currently engaged in funded research that examine queer visibility in Irish media, transmedial storytelling, and motherhood in European cinema. Faculty research interests include not only aesthetic and historical aspects of media representation across print, moving image, and digital platforms, but also the political economy of 'new media' environments, with particular focus on race and gender studies. Recent department seminars include Drama on Demand: Perspectives on Contemporary Television Fiction, Animal Turns: The Performativity of Beasts and After Charlie Hebdo.

Course fee

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.

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