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Community Research, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Limerick, Ireland
The MA Community Research Plus+ programme is unique in providing students with real time, real-life on-the-job research training in University of Limerick Engage-supported community/university collaborative projects (locally and internationally)


This innovative cross-disciplinary and practice based graduate programme at University of Limerick comprises a common ‘engaged research and practice’ core augmented by disciplinary specific academic training and research.  Current MA options include: MA Community Research + Journalism, Department of English, Irish and Communication; MA Community Research + Development, Department of Politics and Public Administration. 

MA Community Research + Journalism

Students will to learn vital professional skills including: news and feature writing; broadcasting; multimedia journalism; interviewing; investigative reporting and research methods. The application of these skills across print, broadcast and multimedia journalism is a major part of the course.

Students on the MA Community Research + Journalism will:

  • Get practical experience of a community-based website and print newspaper (The Limerick Voice)
  • Gain ‘real-world’ journalism work by completing multi-media assignments for various types of platforms to deadline, while also developing a portfolio of professional journalism work
  • Be equipped with the high-level research skills essential to all kinds of journalism and develop a critical awareness of the role of journalism and media in society
  • Learn an appreciation of the ethical and legal issues in the profession and a critical understanding of how the media operates.

 MA Community Research + Development; Students will learn about developmental institutions and supports at national and international level, taking Graduate Seminars in Development and in Peace building. Elective options include modules in: Institutions and policies of the EU; International Cooperation and Conflict; Collaborative Governance and Leadership. 

Students on the MA Community Research + Development will:

  • Get practical experience in engaged Research practice and community co-design
  • Develop critical understanding of contemporary national and international institutions supporting development
  • Examine the origins and impacts of contemporary conflicts in the Global South and the complex relations between development and violence
  • An understanding of the key theories, concepts and debates relating to conflict

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Investigating current Issues in Irish Journalism
  • Broadcasting & Multi-Media Journalism 
  • News & Features
  • Researching Media
  • Engaged Research Delivery
  • Journalistic Writing for News 
  • Professional Skills for Journalism 
  • Engaged Research Design

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Applicants must have a first or second class level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. 
  • The University reserves the right to short-list and interview  applicants as deemed necessary

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12510 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12510 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5741 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5741 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Limerick

  • 850 - 1150 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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