Creative & Critical Media

The programme advances the practical, research, and writing skills of graduates while deepening their creative and critical engagement with media of all kinds. Optional pathways within the programme for students include: Irish media history and contemporary media archives; creative interactive computing and digital identities, and writing for screen media and screen production.

Entry requirements

BA in Media Studies or related discipline: minimum 2.1 honours degree or equivalent. For International students whose first language is not English, an IELTS certificate 6.5 (or equivalent).


MHS58: 1 year – Full-time
MHS59: 2 years – Part-time

Careers or further progression

The programme is designed for students who aspire to careers in creative and research-driven areas within media industries such as Marketing, TV, Film and Web Production, and user design, as well as for those who intend to pursue doctoral research in Media Studies or Digital Arts and Humanities.

Further enquiries

Department of Media Studies Maynooth University
Programme Director
Dr Sarah Arnold and Dr Marcos Dias
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3624
Email: and

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules available include creative computing, audio-visual production, and screenwriting skills. Modules in Irish Media History, Media Archives, and Identity Technologies explore media in cultural and historical context across formats and platforms, from print to celluloid to digital. The programme includes a supervised individual thesis project that may assume a variety of forms, from scholarly essay to a practice-based project.


Media Studies
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 post-humanism; digital literature; feminism and digital culture, and racism in online communities.

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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