Media Studies is an extremely interdisciplinary subject, and we welcome applications from candidates from a variety of other disciplinary backgrounds. Applicants should hold a BA (2:1 or higher) in Media Studies or another cognate discipline from the Humanities or Social Sciences. An MA in Media Studies or another cognate discipline from the Humanities or Social Sciences is preferred. Applicants without an MA will be required to register initially as MLitt students, transferring to the PhD register on approval after a period of study. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Months of entry
Students are provided with a flexible and tailored structured research programme within the Centre for Media Studies, including the development of transferable research skills, specialist knowledge and professional practices. Upon completion of this programme, students will have achieved competence in relevant areas of research, and demonstrated specialist knowledge and skills in their own area of research as well as in knowledge transfer and effective academic communication. This programme will equip them with the professional skills necessary to pursue academic and research careers.
An applicant wishing to undertake a research degree should submit a research proposal in writing, and consult with the Centre on the general suitability of the research topic and on the availability of an appropriate supervisor before submitting an application.
Rolling. Applications are welcomed throughout the year, for registration in September and January of each academic year.
A PhD in Media Studies can be commenced in September or January of each academic year.
Information for international students
Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL (Paper based test): 585; TOEFL (Internet based test): 95; PTE (Pearson): 62; Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.
Fees and funding
For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Media Studies