MA Media & International Conflict
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This MA programme is designed to enable students to develop understanding of the ways in which media interact with war, conflict and security in international contexts.
The programme analyzes the complex roles played by the media in the enactment and presentation of conflict situations and addresses the relationships among media, governments, the military, and NGOs in framing perceptions of international conflict.
Only graduate programme in Ireland and one of very few in the world that blends together elements of media studies and international affairs to provide an innovative and challenging course of study
Students can expect to take modules similar to: Media and US Foreign Policy, New Media and New Conflict, Public Diplomacy, Challenges facing US Foreign Policy. In addition they can select an optional modules for other Schools in the College. In addtion student will submit a thesis 12,000 - 15,000 words.
The programme is available on a full and part time basis.
Vision and Values Statement
This is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of the cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflicts. We value and therefore encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach to the subject. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to think critically about the ways in which media interact today with war, conflict, and security in international contexts, both individually and as part of a group. As a result of this approach to learning, the programme uses teaching, learning, and assessment approaches such as seminar discussions, short and longer writing assignments, one-on-one advising, small group activities, presentations, internships, and engagement with practitioners.
Students should be able to communicate in interdisciplinary, academic language about the cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflicts, with special emphasis on contemporary events.
apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study, including at the doctoral level.
develop a sophisticated understanding of the ways in which media interact with war, conflict and security in international contexts.
display an understanding of interdisciplinary modes of study.
demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public speaking with a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
learn skills that will enable them independently to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects.
develop significant expertise in a chosen subject by writing a MA thesis of approximately 12,000 words with an individual supervision from an academic member of staff.