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Modern Languages Literature & Culture Narratives of Conflict - French German Spanish

MA Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures: Narratives of Conflict (with French, Spanish or German Specialism)

Provides students who already have a background in French, German or Spanish at degree level with an opportunity to specialise in the area of literary analysis with particular emphasis on narratives of conflict in the cultures and societies of French-, German- and Spanish-speaking countries.

The programme introduces students to academic research, new ideas and theoretical approaches. It aims to equip students with academic, analytical, creative, reflective and presentation skills in order to foster interest and involvement in the field of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures with specific emphasis on narratives of conflict. It also aims to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of important concepts of European languages, literatures, cultures and societies, in particular with regard to France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain and Latin American countries.

It is possible to study modules of particular interest without completing a Masters degree or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9) after completing 60 credits of taught modules.

Entry requirements

Candidates normally must have obtained at least a 2nd Class Honours Grade I in their primary degree, or equivalent. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Duration

French:
MHM52 1 year Full-time
MHM53 2 years Part-time
German:
MHO52 1 year Full-time
MHO53 2 years Part-time
Spanish:
MHZ52 1 year Full-time
MHZ53 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Careers
This interdisciplinary MA gives students an ideal starting point for an academic career in literary studies, conflict studies or language studies.

The combination of subject-specific, interdisciplinary and transferable skills, which are the intended outcome of the programme, would also make it a useful qualification for entry into the teaching profession, research work, or for careers with an international dimension, in diplomacy, journalism, business or academia.

Further enquiries

Programme Director Professor Ruth Whelan
Tel +353 (0)1 7083700
Email ruth.whelan@mu.ie
Address School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

The MA in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Narratives of Conflict involves two elements: a set of modules on which students will be examined in January and in May/June, and a dissertation (Minor Thesis) which students complete after their second semester.

1. Students choose a 'lead language'; they are obliged to take both language modules in this language.

2. Students have to take at least one (in French two) of the subject-specific modules offered by the lead language subject.

3. Students have to take ML 610 (Research Skills) and the modules concerned with narratives of conflict.

4. For the remaining 10 credits, students can either choose the remaining subject-specific module(s), or they can choose two of the remaining SMLLC modules.

5. The Viva Voce Examination ML629 (conducted – at least partly – in the 'lead language') in early June.

6. Minor theses will be supervised by SMLLC Full-time members of staff after consultation with the student.

Comment

Maynooth University is one of the main centres of research in the study of modern languages, literatures and cultures in Ireland, offering MA programmes and MLitt and structured PhD studies in each of the constituent disciplines. In addition to French, Spanish, German and Chinese; Dutch, Portuguese, Catalan and Breton are taught in the School. The SMLLC offers personal supervision and teaching by renowned experts in a wide variety of fields, innovative areas of research and a lively intellectual environment.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

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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