What will I learn?

The focus of the MA is on critical and historical studies of film and television with an emphasis on issues of gender, class, race/ethnicity, consumerism and citizenship within national, international and transnational contexts. The aim of the course is to provide you with an opportunity to engage at an advanced level with particular topics in screen culture while identifying, pursuing and developing your particular research interests. MA study facilitates the deepening of your understanding of film and television from within and beyond the canon in a variety of genres, periods and forms. You will acquire transferable analytical and practical skills which will benefit you whatever career path you may choose.

  • The MA in Film Studies includes topics in television as well as film, a combination unique in Irish Universities
  • The MA is designed to enhance your fluency in critical media literacy
  • Sophisticated digital screening facilities at the UCD O’Kane Observatory

Careers & Employability

Many of our alumni work in a variety of different sectors, including the theatre and film industries, print and broadcast media and cultural institutes, where a background in the humanities is particularly valued. Graduates have established careers in organisations including The Irish Times, RTE television and radio, the Irish Film Institute, the Dublin International Film Festival, and Film Base. They have also secured roles in film production organisations both in Ireland and internationally, as well as in academia.

Course Description

The aim of the course is to provide you with an opportunity to engage at an advanced level with particular topics in screen culture and also to provide you with an opportunity to identity, pursue and develop your particular research interests.

Vision and Values Statement

The MA in Film Studies is aimed primarily but not exclusively at those who have done some formal study of screen cultural practices at undergraduate level. Strong preparation in an adjacent humanities discipline is often sufficient for those who are willing to rapidly acquire discipline-specific vocabularies and concepts. The degree offers good preparation for further research work. It is critical to note that despite the degree name students study television and new media in addition to film.

The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for engagement at an advanced level with particular topics in screen culture and also to provide students with an opportunity to identify, pursue and develop their own particular research interest in the form of a minor dissertation. The programme features a wide choice of courses through which students will have access to experienced teachers and active researchers. A supportive environment is fostered by a first semester core module in Media Theory and Culture which involves intensive seminars, workshops and presentations.

It is customary in Film Studies to require end-of-term essays that entail significant original research on the part of the student. In recent years, assessment methods have been diversified to incorporate in-class group work, peer review, oral presentation based on assigned readings and a greater variety of short essays, blog pieces and workshops in which students detail essay plans and explore critical concepts.

Some students will see this MA as a preparation for PhD research and an academic career. Most will see it as a way of acquiring knowledge and skills which will help further their careers in the print and broadcast media, the film industry, arts/cultural administration and management, education and cultural institutions including libraries and archives.

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€19,200.00 (US$ 21,427) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2020

Venue

UCD College of Arts and Humanities

Room A108,

Newman Building,

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The normal requirement for entry to a taught Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. However intending applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the School website, since some degrees may require a higher standard for entry. For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, a year-long qualifying course may be available. In this case relevant work experience may be a requirement. UCD recognise the appropriate minimum score in the following recognised English Language Examinations: International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University: A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iBT).

For international students

A BA (Hons) or a Bachelors in a cognate area (NFQ Level 8) with a 2.1 classification or equivalent* is normally required.

*equivalencies will vary depending on grade scale of award presented but will generally require a grade average of B or a GPA no less than 3.08.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University

  • A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +.
  • A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 20 in each section

Cambridge Examinations: English language examinations administered by the University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale (with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English).

Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item of both skills profiles.

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