What will I learn?

On this programme, students will develop an understanding of how media interacts with war, conflict and security in international contexts. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach that considers both cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflict. Students will focus on issues such as: public diplomacy and soft power, the role of new media in perceptions of conflict, the production, circulation and reception of imagery of conflict, and the effects of news reporting on government policy and NGO activity.

  • The programme analyses the complex roles played by the media in the presentation of conflict situations and addresses the relationships of the media, government, military, and NGOs in framing perceptions of international conflict.
  • This is the 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 student will submit a thesis 12,000 - 15,000 words.
  • The programme is available on a full and part time basis.

Careers & Employability

Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers.

Many of our alumni work in international communication, foreign affairs and Dublin's vibrant tech sector, where a background in the global humanities is particularly valued. Others graduates work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including the media, Think Tanks, NGOs and advocacy work, whilst some continue on to PhD research.

Recent employers include Microsoft, LinkedIn, Kantar Media, Google, RTÉ, The Washington Marketing Group, Celtrino and the Institute for International & European Affairs. The programme will interest those seeking a career in international communications, professionals seeking more critical understanding of the international dimensions of their industry, and those wishing to prepare for advanced research in this area.

Programme Outcomes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public speaking with a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • 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.

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€19,200.00 (US$ 21,178) 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

An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in the subject area such as the Humanities, Politics, International Relations, Journalism or Media Studies but this is not an exhaustive list. Consideration will be given to students with a lower GPA but they will require an interview (via SKYPE or in person). And maybe asked for additional material.

Applicants whose first language is not English must normally demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (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).

Acceptable Examinations:

  • Proficiency Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2).
  • Advanced Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • First Certificate, Grade A (i.e. CEFR Level C1)

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

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