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Culture & Colonialism

Your course

This multi-disciplinary MA explores literature, politics and culture from Ireland to India, and from Africa to the Middle East. Students analyse imperial ascendancies, race and racial theories, nationalist movements, postcolonial experiences, the rise of neo-colonial thought, multiculturalism and interculturalism, and the implications of globalisation and development for the modern world.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. This MA allows students to combine the specialisation of postgraduate research with the adaptable skills training of a multidisciplinary approach.

2. Students benefit from the legacy of an MA programme established in 1994.

3. The programme has continuously re-invented itself in changing ideological climates while maintaining its primary goal: to offer a critical education of the cultural discourses of power.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

QQI Level 8 at H2.2 in relevant subject area, GPA 3.0 or equivalent international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.


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

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

MA in Culture and Colonialism graduates have gone on to careers in development work, NGOs, law, university lecturing, publishing, media, journalism, community work, teaching (primary and secondary), film-making, advertising, and the civil service. The programme has a particularly strong record in research training: a high proportion of its students have proceeded to doctoral programmes in Ireland, Britain and North America, with many of them winning prestigious funding awards.

Further enquiries

Dr Muireann Ó Cinneide

T: +353 91 495 388


Subjects taught

Modules/coursework on offer may include:

• Literature and Colonialism

• Cinema and Colonialism

• Studies in the History of Colonialism and Imperialism

• Decolonization and Neo-Colonialism: The Politics of 'Development'

• Colonialism and Cultural Theory

• Approaches to Culture and Colonialism

• Travel Literature

• Political Economy, Colonialism and Globalization (How To Argue with an Economist).

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

1CC1, full-time; 1CC2, part-time.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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