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Why do a postgrad in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences?

What does Technical Writing have in common with Politics? Both are postgrad courses within UL’s Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences faculty.

Although all programmes within the faculty span a range of disciplines – from an MA in Sociology or International Studies to History and Creative Writing –  they arm students with the hard and soft skills that are in demand across multiple industries: including communication, analytics, consulting, international relations, recruitment, politics, and writing.

This is achieved through a strong emphasis on debate, research and analytical skills. Courses are also structured on real-world learning, with course directors working closely with industry leaders.

UL helps postgrad Arts student to specialise in a topic which inspires them the most – and to develop their own Unique Language required to excel in their career. 

Download your essential guide to a postgraduate in Arts, Humanities & Social Science here - including expert advice, courses, and benefits.

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Course Title
Duration

Applied Linguistics (International), MA

1 Year Full-Time

The Graduate Diploma/Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (International) is a one-year taught programme and is offered on a full-time basis using a combination of faculty-student contact hours and self-directed learning and research. The MA is about exploring language in use in a wide variety of real-world situations and contexts (education, politics and wider society). The MA has a strong international focus both in practical terms with the possibility of an overseas semester, as well as advanced language options in English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Spanish, and in theoretical terms reflecting faculty research interest in language and globalisation.

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Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

Comparative studies are at the heart of international contemporary literature and cultural practices: Exploring the dynamics of cultural representations in today’s world, looking beyond national borders. 

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Creative Writing, MA

1 Year Full-Time

This programme enables students to develop their skills in creative writing through careful consideration of the work of established writers; through study of the elements and formal structures of a piece of creative writing; through assignments that enable students to employ and master strategies for revision and refinement of their work; and through an understanding of the requirements of the submission and publication process. Through coursework students will consider the role of plot, characterization, dialogue, and point-of- view in crafting compelling fiction and drama; they will consider how figurative language, syntax, rhythm and imagery contribute to a poem's meaning; they will learn the different conventions associated with non-fictional forms.

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English, MA

1 Year Full-Time

The MA in English provides opportunities and skills for the advanced study of literatures in English, literary and cultural theory, and textual practices. Students will develop expertise in self-directed learning and the pursuit of independent research as they also become familiar with current critical conversations in such areas as Irish studies, migration studies, modernism, postcolonialism, gender and sexuality studies, and early modern studies.

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Ethics in International Affairs, MA

1 Year Full-Time

The MA in Ethics in International Affairs is a unique programme that allows students to combine the study of normative and ethical issues with that of empirical aspects of world politics. It is most suitable for students who are interested in applying ethical and normative analysis to contemporary global issues. 

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European Politics & Governance, MA

1 Year Full-Time

The MA in European Politics and Governance provides students with an advanced understanding of how European societies are governed through the complex interaction between public and private actors at different levels of government. Taking a multi-level and governance perspective, it offers a distinctive approach to the study of politics and policy-making in the European Union and its member states.

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Gender, Culture & Society, MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

This MA programme has been designed specifically to cater for students interested in the interdisciplinary study of gender in culture and society. Students can opt for modules offered by several departments in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and may choose to specialise in historical, socio-political or literary / cultural approaches to gender.

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German Language & Culture in Europe, MA

1 Year Full-Time

This new taught master’s programme takes account of recent changes in Ireland’s economic circumstances.  The design of the course reflects Ireland’s increasing integration into, and interdependency with, a constantly changing European Union in which Germany will continue to represent a crucial political, economic and cultural force. The programme also features elements on Austrian culture, on Germany’s interaction with Eastern European cultures as well as the outside perspective of the European Union present in German-language Swiss writing. Beside the European focus, the traditional orientation of post-graduate degrees in German Studies towards literature is expanded by the inclusion of visual and other media texts, in particular film, again exploring the European dimension of contemporary German-language cinema.
The programme is run jointly by the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick, and the Department of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

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History, MA

1 Year Full-Time

The aim of the programme is to enhance the historical understanding and skills of graduates in history, to extend their capacity for historical research and thereby provide an appropriate basis for advanced research up to, and including, doctoral level.

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History of the Family, MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

The central purpose of the MA in the History of the Family is to combine the strengths of two traditions: that of the independent researcher into family history and that of established disciplines in history particularly the well developed sub discipline of the history of the family. The objective is a history that is fully contextualised, culturally significant and academically grounded.

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History of the Family (Online), MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

The central purpose of the MA in the History of the Family is to combine the strengths of two traditions: that of the independent researcher into family history and that of established disciplines in history particularly the well developed sub discipline of the history of the family. The objective is a history that is fully contextualised, culturally significant and academically grounded. It will consist of six modules. The modules will run consecutively; three during semester one and two during semester two.

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Irish-German Studies, MA

1 Year Full-Time

The MA in Irish-German Studies is an exciting and innovative programme, combining study at Limerick and in selected complementary MA programmes in German-speaking countries.

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Journalism Grad Dip, MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

The Graduate Diploma/MA in Journalism aims to equip graduates with the high-level research skills essential to all kinds of journalism, a solid appreciation of the ethical and legal issues in the profession and a critical understanding of how the media operates. Students will also gain practical experience of what it feels like to work as a journalist by completing assignments to deadline while on the course.

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Law (General), LLM

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

The LLM programme is designed to enhance students' legal skills and enrich their knowledge of a variety of legal subjects across a broad spectrum from criminal law, to competition law, property and human rights law. It is suited to those looking for an advanced legal education but who do not wish to focus on a single branch of law.

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Law LLB (Graduate Entry)

2 Years Full-Time

The LLB (Graduate Entry) programme is a two year full-time programme specifically designed to provide a legal education to graduates in disciplines other than law. Graduates from any discipline other than law may apply and no prior legal knowledge is necessary. Entry is competitive and the minimum entry requirement is a 2nd class honours grade 2 undergraduate degree.

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Human Rights in Criminal Justice, LLM/MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

This programme is designed to emphasise the inter-relationship between what have traditionally been taught as the two distinct disciplines of human rights and criminal justice. Students will be provided with a comprehensive knowledge of this ever developing field of law and encouraged to assess the merit of mainstreaming human rights within the criminal justice system. Covering key areas such as policing and human rights and law of the European Convention on Human Rights, the programme aims to foster general and specific skills with respect to the modern criminal justice system both in Ireland and internationally.

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International Commercial Law, LLM

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

The programme will be particularly attractive to law graduates who wish to develop a specialisation in commercial law, and especially an ability to understand and apply commercial law in multi-jurisdictional scenarios. The programme will enhance the career prospects of graduates, those starting careers in the legal professions, legal advisers to commercial entities and any lawyers whose work will involve cross border commercial relations.

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Local History, MA

2 Years Part-Time

Reconstructing the life and dinnseanchas of local communities in the past fulfils a real need in people who identify with or belong to that locality. Though long regarded primarily as the territory of the antiquarian and the leisured scholar, local history is moving in from the margins of university teaching and scholarship and there is a growing awareness that its practice can benefit from the broader paradigms and the research methods used in history and the human sciences.

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Peace and Development Studies, MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

This programme introduces students to key debates about conflict resolution, peacebuilding and processes of economic and political development. A prime objective of the course is to provide individuals with expertise in peacebuilding and development issues and to provide informed and committed personnel to contribute effectively in these areas at a professional level.

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Politics, MA

1 Year Full-Time

The MA in Politics is a one-year, full-time programme that enables students to choose the areas they wish to specialise in within the field of politics. This is a truly flexible programme that enables students to tailor the degree to their own interests, skills and future career plans. The only core modules that the MA in Politics students will be required to complete will be the two research methods modules that are common to all our postgraduate taught degrees. In addition, they can choose any two electives in the first semester and any three in the third.

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Public Administration, Graduate Diploma/MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Year Part-Time

The Masters in Public Administration (MPA) is a 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time interdisciplinary programme aimed at providing students with analytical and professional skills, combined with knowledge of public management and policy making in government. 

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Public History & Cultural Heritage (Online), MA

1 Year Full-time or 2 Years Part-time

The Public History and Cultural Heritage MA programme provides a structured academic approach to the practice of history in a public setting through modern models of online learning. This programme has been developed to include a combination of conceptual, methodological and practice-based modules, thus broadening the student’s intellectual and scholarly experience.  The programme offers a globally-recognised postgraduate qualification in a cutting-edge area of historical practice and provides opportunities to expand industry/academia partnerships. The online delivery of the programme enables prospective students whether already working in public cultural institutions, or employed in other sectors of the economy, the opportunity to acquire a globally recognised postgraduate qualification. It will appeal to new graduates and history teachers seeking continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. As an online programme it provides prospective students complete flexibility.

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Serious Crime Investigation, MA

1 Year Full-Time

The Master of Arts in Serious Crime Investigation is a one-year, full-time programme designed for graduates of the level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Serious Crime Investigation, accredited by the University of Limerick or an equivalent programme. The degree is ideally suited to members of an Garda Síochána who are looking to capitalize on their existing expertise in the field of modern policing and develop an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal issues which surround serious crime investigation.

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Sociology (Applied Social Research), MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

The MA in Sociology (Applied Social Research) is a one year full time, two year part time interdisciplinary programme. It equips students with valued research and communications skills and a solid foundation in key social issues.

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Sociology (Youth, Community & Social Regeneration) MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

This programme equips students with the skills necessary to engage with contemporary theoretical, policy and practice-related issues relating to work and study with young people in the national and international context of community regeneration.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MA

1 Year Full-Time

This MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) has been designed specifically with the aim of providing initial teacher education for those wishing to become teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL; this takes in English as a Foreign Language, EFL, and English as a Second Language, ESL). The programme is designed to accommodate participants in search of an initial English language teaching qualification, as well as experienced English language teachers who wish to upskill and/or gain an MA level qualification.

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Teaching, Learning & Scholarship, Graduate Diploma

1 Year Part-Time

This programme, resulting from an extensive programme review of the Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, has been developed in response to the proposed framework for mapping professional development in higher education from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning's commitment in 2.1.2 of Engaged Learning: Strategy for Teaching, Learning and Assessment.  In order to meet this strategic aim, an exit point is offered at 21 credits with the award of CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING LEARNING AND SCHOLARSHIP.

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Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, Specialist Diploma

1 Year Part-Time

The Centre for Teaching and Learning in the University of Limerick aims to champion and support excellence, innovation and enhancements in teaching and learning activities within UL and throughout the sector. Dedicated to heightening the profile and value of teaching activities, collaboratively engaging in evidence-based research and enabling key teaching innovations, the centre works to provide support, to advise, to recognise and to facilitate all those involved in teaching and learning at UL.

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Technical Communication & E-Learning, MA

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

The programme equips graduates with the skills needed to design and develop multimedia content and technology-enhanced learning solutions. The need for this type of expertise is expanding consistently as companies and institutions worldwide rely increasingly on information and communication technologies (ICTs).

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Technical Writing (Distance Learning) Graduate Certificate

1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

The aim of this distance learning programme is to offer flexible access to certification through distance learning for people who lack qualifications in Technical Communication.  This programme emphasises that the job of a technical writer entails more than writing - graphics, cultural issues, layout and design all play a part and students receive tuition on all of these areas.

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