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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Film and Television Studies

Master of Arts in Film and Television Studies

  • PAC CodeDC602(Full Time), DC603(Part Time)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration (Full Time - 1 Year) (Part Time - 2 Years)

In the digital, cable and satellite age, film and television play an increasingly diverse role in the audiovisual and communications industry. This programme offers an in-depth study of Irish cinema and television from historical, cultural, social and economic perspectives.

If you have an interest in the audiovisual sector, either through your undergraduate studies, extra-curricular activities or simply through consuming film and television, this is a dynamic and unique Irish course. Our students often hold a primary degree in the humanities and social sciences but we are open to considering students from other backgrounds and those in employment, such as teachers, who want to utilise a career break or leave of absence.

Because of the complex issues raised in addressing questions of national identity, in what is perhaps the most resolutely international of all cultural industries, particular importance will be attached to the study of the concept of 'national cinema' in Ireland.


To provide students with an intensive and rigorous grounding in film and television studies from a contemporary cultural perspective.

To analyse the impact on Ireland of audiovisual policy in Europe and 'national cinema' developments in Europe, Australia and developing countries.

To understand how and why Ireland and the Irish have appeared as they do on screen.

To gain an insight into the inner workings of the Irish film and television industries and how this relates to the increasingly globalised international audiovisual arena.

To bring critical perspectives into line with recent major developments in film studies, which have emphasised film-making and television production as social and economic institutions.

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The course is unique in that it treats film and television simultaneously, recognising the web of connections between the two screen industries.

The course is also unique in Ireland in its treatment of film and television as both art forms and industries. Filmic and televisual texts are thus studied as texts and as commodities.

The course also offers practical skills-based modules on digital video and audio production, and in screen-writing.

The MA in Film and Television is taught through one of the handful of Irish university departments which is exclusively focused on the study of media and communications. As a consequence our modules are taught by specialists in the field using state-of-the-art production technologies, teaching methodologies and course materials.

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Graduates from the course can expect to find employment in a range of media-related industries. Past graduates are employed in media institutions including RTE, TV3, the Irish Film Board and the European Union Media Desk. A number have gone into production companies either as employees or, in some cases, after having established their own production companies.

A significant number of graduates have also remained in academia, to complete doctoral degrees (in DCU and elsewhere), and from there to working as film/media studies lecturers.


General Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will normally possess a good honours degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences or an equivalent qualification.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Assessment by Interview

Candidates should note that an interview is part of the selection process for this programme. Shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be able to book their interview through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website (www.pac.ie).

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable

Non Native English Speakers

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link


Dates for Submission of Applications

EU Applicants

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) by 31st July 2018 for the September 2018 intake.

Non-EU Applicants

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (www.pac.ie/dcu) by 10th July 2018 for the September 2018 intake. Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

If you need a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Applying through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu)

When applying for this programme use the PAC code DC602 for the full-time programme and DC603 for the part-time programme.

Queries on completed applications should be forwarded to registry@dcu.ie