Course Overview

This is a multidisciplinary and comparative MA programme designed for students with an interest in contemporary literatures and media. It aims to familiarise students with movements, authors, texts and themes of international contemporary literature. It broadens their intellectual horizons and provides them with the skills for research and critical analysis.

Students will be prepared for careers in media, arts administration, teaching, translation, and international marketing and communications.

The course provides excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing a PhD in this area. 

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Prof. Paolo Bartoloni, PhD
Deirdre Byrnes, PhD
Catherine Emerson, PhD
Tina-Karen Pusse, DPhil (co-ordinator)
Kate Quinn, PhD
Prof. Bill Richardson, PhD
Prof. Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa, DPhil (co-ordinator)
Michael Shields, MA

(and others)

Requirements and Assessment

Students have to take six modules (10 ECTS each). Four are obligatory and two are optional. Assessment of modules is by written exam or take-home essay. Students also have to write a minor dissertation of circa 15,000 words (30 ECTS).

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Second Class Honours NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent in any discipline with a strong literature or media component.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code

GYA88, full-time |
GYA89, part-time

Course Outline

The late 20th century saw fundamental cultural changes brought about by factors such as globalisation, the end of the Cold War, and technological and communicative innovations, and these changes are intensely reflected in literature and media. The course programme includes the study of seminal texts, films and other media by international authors and artists mostly from the 1960s to post-modernism and beyond. Non-English texts will be read in translation.

Core modules:

  • The Arts of Reading—about debates in world literature and theoretical approaches in modern literary and cultural studies.
  • Self-Referentiality in Post-modern Media—how do media reflect on other media, for example how is the book represented in films or paintings?
  • From Division to Unification: Literary Texts in their Political Contexts—how is the post-war division of Europe reflected in literature and media?
  • Contemporary Literary Genres—about trends in genres such as Didactic Fiction, Holocaust Literature, travel writing, fan fiction, etc.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate students acquire a flexible skills base in dealing with creative and communicative tasks, along with analytical, organisational and research skills. They move on to avail of a corresponding range of career opportunities after graduation. Careers can be developed in, for example, publishing, print and electronic media, the culture industries and education.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,015 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€5,791 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.  M.A. EU Full time programme:  €6,015;  EU Part time programme:  €3,065 p.a.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Professor Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa
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