Colleges and Universities Offering Master of Arts in Anthropology in Ireland

  • Course Name: Master of Arts in Anthropology(Anthropology)
  • Major Subject: Anthropology
  • Course Category: Masters Courses

Institutions Offering Master of Arts in Anthropology

  • University College Cork University College Cork, Cork  
    Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

    Course Outline:
    MA Anthropology at UCC is an exciting new postgraduate degree that represents the state-of-the-art in field training in ethnography, combined with cultural, political and social theory. Bringing together the knowledge & skills of staff at the Marginalized & Endangered Worldviews study centre and the Moral Foundations of Economy & Society research centre, taught through students’ active participation in international summer schools & colloquia, as well as classroom seminars, and with practical fieldwork opportunities in Latin America, India, and several sites throughout Europe including Ireland, this Masters degree offers a unique opportunity to gain intercultural competencies as well as professional and transferable skills. It will appeal to students with a strong international and intellectual outlook who seek a deeper understanding of the cultural, political and social challenges of the 21st Century.

    Students take 90 credits as follows:
    Part I consists of 60 credits and Part II consists of 30 credits.

    Part I (Full-time)
    Students complete core modules to the value of 30 credits, and select 30 credits from the Elective Modules (students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the summer/winter schools and can take up to 10 credits from those on offer in a given year).

    Core Modules:
    AY6002 Ethnography, Practice and Writing (15 credits)
    AY6011 Rereading the Anthropological Classics (5 credits)
    AY6013 Anthropology: Paradigms and Theories (10 credits)

    Elective Modules:
    Summer School/Winter School Elective modules:
    AY6005 Anthropology Research Laboratory (10 credits)
    AY6006 International Political Anthropology Summer School 1 (5 credits)
    AY6007 International Political Anthropology Summer School 2 (10 credits)
    AY6012 Anthropology Research Laboratory (5 credits)
    SC6001 Economy and Society Summer School (5 credits)
    SC6002 Economy and Society Summer School - 2 (10 credits)

    Students select their remaining modules from the standard taught list of electives below:

    Standard Electives:
    Students select 20 credits from the following:
    AY6025 Anthropology and Aesthetics of Performance: Ritual and Theatre (10 credits)
    CR6000 Governmentality: Disciplines, Institutions and Critiques (10 credits)
    GV6115 European Security (10 credits)
    LW6544 Criminology (10 credits)
    MU6042 Ethnography of Music (10 credits)
    MU6043 History and Theory of Ethnomusicology (10 credits)
    RG6061 Indigenous Worldviews and Minority Religions (10 credits)
    SC6627 Social Pathology, Civic Health, New Technology (10 credits)
    SC6631 Sociology of Sustainable Development (10 credits)
    SC6638 Rethinking Borders: Sovereignty, Rights and Justice (10 credits)
    SC6639 Feminist Epistemologies: Feminisms, Sexuality and Society (10 credits)
    SC6641 Gender and Catastrophe (10 credits)
    SC6642 Social Theory and Climate Justice (10 credits)

    Part II
    Students complete 30 credits as follows:
    AY6003 Dissertation (30 credits)
    AY6010 Fieldwork Placement (30 credits)

    The Fieldwork Placement will take place in one of our partner universities and will be jointly supervised by a team of two supervisors, one based at UCC and one in the partner university. The supervisor in the partner university will oversee and facilitate the practical aspects of the fieldwork project. The fieldwork placement will be designed by the two supervisors in consultation with the student before they depart for fieldwork. Students will go on fieldwork placement for 1 to 2 months in Ireland, Europe, or to non-European partner universities between the months of April and August. The placement will be monitored by a UCC academic mentor plus a local mentor if the fieldwork is undertaken at a non-European partner university. Students will be expected to report their experiences at agreed intervals. For a student to go on Fieldwork Placement pertinent conditions must be satisfied for the Programme Director including but not limited to linguistic requirements, political stability, health concerns, travel and health insurance undertaken and logistical practicalities. Where unsure the Programme Director will consult with the Board of Studies or where conditions are unmet a student may make their case to the Board of Studies. The decision of the Programme Board of Studies is final.

    The MA Anthropology programme may be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Part-time students take at least the core modules in year one and the remainder required for credit over years one and two.
  • Queen's University Belfast Queen's University Belfast, Belfast  
    Course entry requirements
    -Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, including Anthropology, Sociology and Cultural Studies or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Other subjects, such as Music, Geography, Psychology, Irish Studies, History and Languages may also be considered, depending on the nature of the completed undergraduate programme.

    -Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree in one of the disciplines specified above or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, who can demonstrate relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    -Applicants may be required to submit a piece of written work in support of their application.

    -Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 12th August 2022 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

    English Language Requirements
    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    Course duration:
    -1 year (Full Time)
    -3 years (Part Time)
  • Maynooth University Maynooth University, Maynooth  
    Course Structure :

    Course Duration: 1 year full-time

    Entry Requirements :

    A degree (2.2 or higher) in Anthropology or cognate discipline, or a recognized international equivalent.
    Applicants must have a recognized primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

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