Postgraduate Programmes in the School of Modern languages, Literatures and Cultures

Postgraduate programmes in French Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, German Studies and Chinese Studies available, please click on each language section on the menu on the left.

New programmes in French, German and Spanish for Teaching at Post-Primary Level

Are you a native or proficient speaker of French, German or Spanish? Have you completed or intend to complete a teacher training programme? Do you want to become a post-primary teacher but don’t have sufficient subject-specific credits for Teaching Council accreditation? If you answered “yes” to the above questions, we may have the right programme for you!
The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is offering a suite of new programmes in French Studies, German Studies, and Spanish & Latin American Studies for prospective teachers who would like to complete the subject-specific credits required to submit themselves for accreditation with the Teaching Council of Ireland.
You can choose from a range of options in Translation, Literature, Film, and Language Teaching and put together your own programme to meet the requirements for Teaching Council accreditation. You’ll even be able to take all your classes on one day per week so you can meet your other professional and personal commitments at the same time! Past graduates of our programme in German Studies have been successfully accredited by the Teaching Council and continued their professional journeys as fully accredited post-primary teachers of German, including some who subsequently also completed their postgraduate teacher training (e.g. through the PME).
Prospective candidates may qualify for partial funding of their programmes through the Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI).

MA Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Studies

If you have ever wondered what language is and how language shapes and is shaped by human existence or if you have ever asked the question what is culture and how culture shapes and is shaped by increasing intercultural and cross-cultural interaction, then this is the programme for you! Through the degree, you’ll learn about how we acquire and learn different languages in the real world and the classroom setting; how language shapes and is shaped by things like age, gender, race, biological sex, identities, sexuality etc; how the global move towards English is affecting and affected by multilingualism and multiculturalism.
By engaging with different areas of Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Studies and other students on the programme, you’ll get a well-rounded education in the disciplines. Through in-class discussions, group work, presentations, and essay and thesis writing, you’ll develop strong interpersonal skills, written and spoken communications skills applying deep critical thinking and develop original ideas and approaches to existing and new topics. Language evolves on a daily basis so there’s a never-ending number of new developments to explore!
Past graduates from this programme have gone in multiple areas of further study and employment, ranging from PhD studies at Maynooth University, as well as Georgetown University and Yale University in the USA, to teaching at post-primary and university levels nationally and internationally as well as in industry in the areas of publishing, working on natural language processing (e.g. Alexa and Google Home) for large global companies as well as international client relationship management in financial services and global commerce. 

MA Cultures of Migration

The Master of Arts: Cultures of Migration is embedded in MU’s strong research and teaching profile in social justice and interculturalism as well as its University of Sanctuary status. The MA programme explores the multifaceted challenges and potentials created by past and current (im)mobilities in the broad contexts of the production, circulation and transformation of cultural production in Ireland and internationally. This new MA is distinctive in its specific emphasis on the Arts and Humanities as an intellectual and experiential powerhouse for generating transformative responses to the imaginative and meaningful provision of welcome, refuge and sanctuary. It addresses the transnational and transcultural environment of creative/cultural production globally, and specifically in Ireland, while highlighting the central role of public outreach programmes concerning migration.
The course connects rigorous academic investigations with the enhancement of professional skills related to the world of work. In addition to core modules, students can select three options from a range of modules (from the Departments of English, History, Media Studies, Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish), as well as the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures). The modules address the centrality of language and translation, narrative (literary, historical, everyday) and archives, as well as artistic creativity and the imagination, in the negotiation of various issues. These include: human rights and humanitarianism, border-crossing and detention, labour migration and human trafficking, asylum and sanctuary, diaspora and exile, citizenship and rights to the city, social and spatial justice, the construction of ‘race’ and ethnic boundaries, gender and sexuality rights, multiculturalism and interculturalism, transcultural memory and integration, globalisation and cosmopolitics, representation and public discourse.
The programme includes a public engagement module that aims at introducing students to a range of practice-based engagements with migration in the cultural sector in Ireland, including attending on-campus talks delivered by practitioners in the field and undertaking off-campus observation of specific activities in relevant institutions.

MA Gender, Diversity and Inclusion

In the last few years, international developments such as the global #metoo movement, conversations about the recognition of transgender identities and rights, and controversies related to the expansion of reproductive rights in some countries and their erosion in others have brought home the centrality of issues of gender, sexuality, equality, and diversity to our daily lives. The global COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed social inequalities, including disparities related to gender, race, and class, as the crisis has been shown to have a disproportionate impact on women, on Black and brown people, and low paid workers. Global developments such as these underline the need for graduates with both a deep understanding of the roots of complex inequality and the practical skills needed to help businesses, organisations, agencies, and communities to understand how their policies and practices fall short and to develop strategies and action plans to address those deficiencies.
The MA Gender, Diversity and Inclusion at Maynooth University aims to provide students who already have an academic background, interest, or professional experience in a relevant area with an opportunity to specialise at a postgraduate level in the areas of gender, diversity, and inclusion, as they relate to contemporary society and culture. This programme is genuinely cross-disciplinary, allowing students to explore how gender is relevant for disciplines as diverse as History, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Social Policy, Music, and Geography, and it is practical, aiming to equip graduates with the skills and tools necessary to secure employment in a wide variety of public and private companies and organisations.
Professionals seeking to gain a qualification in the area of Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion with a view to promotion within their current organisations and/or new employment in gender equality and diversity-related roles may alternatively be interested in the Postgraduate Certificate in Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion.