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Community Research

The MA Community Research Plus+ programme is unique in providing students with real time, real-life onthe- job research training in UL Engagesupported community/university collaborative projects (locally and internationally). This innovative cross Current MA options include: MA Community Research + Journalism, Department of English, Irish and Communication or MA Community Research + Development, Department of Politics and Public Administration. MA Community Research + Journalism: Students will to learn vital professional skills including: news and feature writing; broadcasting; multimedia journalism; interviewing; investigative reporting and research methods. The application of these skills across print, broadcast and multimedia journalism is a major part of the course. disciplinary and practice based graduate programme comprises a common 'engaged research and practice' core augmented by disciplinary specific academic training and research.

Current MA options include: MA Community Research + Journalism, Department of English, Irish and Communication or MA Community Research + Development, Department of Politics and Public Administration.

MA Community Research + Journalism: Students will to learn vital professional skills including: news and feature writing; broadcasting; multimedia journalism; interviewing; investigative reporting and research methods. The application of these skills across print, broadcast and multimedia journalism is a major part of the course.

MA Community Research + Development: Students will learn about developmental institutions and supports at national and international level, taking Graduate Seminars in Development and in Peace building. Elective options include modules in Institutions and policies of the EU; International Cooperation and Conflict and Collaborative Governance and Leadership.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a first or second class level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. The University reserves the right to short-list and interview applicants as deemed necessary

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 year full-time

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Maura Adshead
Tel: +353 (0) 61 213429
Email: Maura.Adshead@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Programme Content MA in Community Research + Journalism

Autumn Semester
• JM5011 Journalistic Writing
for News 9ECTS
• JM5051 Professional Skills for Journalism (produce website & print newspaper the Limerick Voice) 9 ECTS
• Engaged Research Design 12 ECTS

Spring Semester
• JM5052 Investigating current Issues in Irish Journalism
• JM5082 Broadcasting & Multi- Media Journalism 9 ECTS
• JM5012 News & Features
• JM5072 Researching Media)
• Engaged Research Delivery 12 ECTS

Summer Semester
• Large-scale student led piece of work; e.g. dissertation, portfolio of work
• Engaged Reserach Evaluation 6 ECTS

Proggramme Content: MA in Community Research + Development

Autumn Semester
PO5004 Graduate Seminar in Development 9 ECTS
• PO5017 Instutitions & Politics of the EU 9 ECTS OR
• PA6011 Public Administration Theory & Practice
• UP5101 Engaged Research Design 12 ECTS

Spring Semester
• PO5006 Graduate Seminar in Peach Building 9 ECTS
• PO5007 Graduate Seminar in International Cooperation & Conflict 9 ECTS
• PA6032 Collaborative Governance & Leadership
• UP5102 Engaged Research Delivery 12 ECTS

Summer Semester
• Large-scale student led piece of work e.g. dissertation, portfolio of work
• UP5105 Engaged Research Evaluation 6 ECTS

Application date

What to Upload with your Application:

•Qualification transcripts and certificates

•English language qualification(s) if English is not your first language

•Certified English translation of your transcripts/certificates where the original transcripts are in a language other than English

•A copy of your Birth Certificate (long document)

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