MA (Ethics, Culture, and Global Change)—
full-time and part-time

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The MA in Ethics, Culture and Global Change engages with ethical and cultural issues related to globalisation from a theoretical and practical perspective. It aims to equip graduates with skills in critical thinking and reflection on issues of global integration and diversity, with relevance in fields from business to public administration to community work. The programme includes a service learning components where students engage in project work for relevant organisations. An extensive service learning component (100 hours minimum) allows students to engage in work for a relevant organisation, gain experience with the completion of a larger project in an organisational context and reflect on the theoretical material in light of their practical experience.

Key facts

Entry requirements

NQAI Level 8 at H2.2, with Philosophy or cognate subject, GPA 3.0 or equivalent international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. An interview may be part of the selection process.

Duration: 1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date: This programme is not proceeding in 2013

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 15

Closing date: This programme is not proceeding in 2013

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

Modules/coursework on offer include:

  • Practical and Professional Ethics
  • The Hermeneutics of Intercultural Communication
  • Ethical and Political Concepts
  • Placement
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Thesis
  • Political Economy, Colonialism and Globalisation
  • Literature and Colonialism
  • Cinema and Colonialism
  • Ethics and the Environment


Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

  • Dr. Richard Hull, B.Phil (Oxon), PhD (Keele)
  • Mr. Joe Mahon, MA (NUI)
  • Dr. Felix Ó Murchadha, BA (NUI), MA (NUI), D.Phil. (Wuppertal)
  • Dr. Heike Schmidt-Felzmann, Dipl. Psych (Hamburg), MA (Hamburg), PhD (Marburg)

Requirements and assessment

Assessment is by essay and continuous assessment in a variety of formats, including reflective journals, presentation, and portfolios. Students also complete a 15,000 word thesis.

PAC code

GYA06 (full-time) GYA66 (part-time)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015
 - Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,250

Fees for courses

Current students

Maeve Bryan

MA in Ethics, Culture and Global Change

"I chose the MA in Ethics, Culture and Global change because it places a strong emphasis on the practical as well as the theoretical side of studying ethics. This programme is already providing me with a solid foundation on which to build in relation to my own specific interests."

Past students

Daniel O'Hara

"The Masters in Ethics, Culture and Global Change was a great experience for me. It gave me the chance to gain a deeper understanding of ethics, especially in a practical sense through the service learning component."