Course Overview

Scholarships are available for this programme.

The MA in Culture and Colonialism explores literature, politics and culture from Ireland to India, and from Africa to the Middle East. It is a multi-disciplinary taught Master of Arts programme, aimed at graduates from the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Students analyse imperial ascendancies, race and racial theories, nationalist movements, postcolonial experiences, the rise of neo-colonial thought, multiculturalism and interculturalism, and the implications of globalisation and development for the modern world.

This MA allows students to combine the specialisation of postgraduate research with the adaptable skills training of a multi-disciplinary approach. Students benefit from the legacy of an MA programme established in 1994; the programme has continuously re-invented itself in changing ideological climates while maintaining its primary goal: to offer a critical education in the cultural discourses of power.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr Louis de Paor (Scoil na Gaeilge): Colonialism in Cultural Theory
  • Dr Su-Ming Khoo (Department of Political Science and Sociology): Decolonization and Neo- Colonialism
  • Dr Lionel Pilkington (Department of English): Approaches to Culture and Colonialism
  • Dr Laurence Marley (Department of History): History of Colonialism and Imperialism
  • Dr Sean Ryder (Department of English): Approaches to Culture and Colonialism
  • Dr Tony Varley (Department of Political Science and Sociology): Decolonization and Neo-Colonialism
  • Dr Muireann O'Cinneide ( Department of English): Literature and Colonialism
  • Dr Fiona Bateman (Moore Institute): Cinema and Colonialism
  • Dr Daniel Carey (English): Travel Literature

Requirements and Assessment

Students take six assessed courses spread over two semesters, together with a research seminar, and complete their degree with the writing of a 15,000-word dissertation. Courses are usually assessed through submission of written assignments.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

NQAI Level 8 at H2.2 in relevant subject area, GPA 3.0 or equivalent international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time | 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

1CC1 (full-time) | 1CC2 (part-time)

Course Outline

Our teaching staff has been drawn over the years from the disciplines of English, History, Political Science and Sociology, Economics, Irish Studies, Film Studies, Spanish, French, Archaeology, German, Italian, and Classics, and is supplemented by Irish and international guest lecturers.

Modules/coursework on offer may include:

  •  Literature and Colonialism
  •  Cinema and Colonialism
  •  Studies in the History of Colonialism and Imperialism
  •  Decolonization and Neo-Colonialism: The Politics of ‘Development’
  •  Colonialism and Cultural Theory
  •  Approaches to Culture and Colonialism
  •  Travel Literature
  •  Political Economy, Colonialism and Globalization (How To Argue with an Economist).

Modules for full time course

Modules for part time course

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

MA in Culture and Colonialism graduates have gone on to careers in development work, NGOs, law, university lecturing, publishing, media, journalism, community work, teaching (primary and secondary), film-making, advertising, and the civil service. The programme has a particularly strong record in research training: a high proportion of its students have proceeded to doctoral programmes in Ireland, Britain and North America, with many of them winning prestigious funding awards.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,716 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€6,576 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,216 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Levy

Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)