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Queen’s University Belfast, Full Time MA Degrees in Creative Arts & Design

We have 6 Queen’s University Belfast, Full Time MA Degrees in Creative Arts & Design

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This programme offers students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of research and composition fields including Irish Music, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Opera, Performance, Words and Music, Set Works, and Portfolio. Read more
This programme offers students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of research and composition fields including Irish Music, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Opera, Performance, Words and Music, Set Works, and Portfolio.

All students take a compulsory Research Methods module and a double module (Dissertation, Edition and Commentary or Portfolio) giving students the opportunity to conduct research or composition at a professional level.

The programme also features compulsory modules in the critical analysis of the work of twentieth century and contemporary composers, providing a thorough experience and understanding of the contemporary compositional idiom. There is also a wide range of optional modules.

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The MA in Creative Writing (one year full-time or two years part-time) offers students the opportunity to develop their literary talents to the best of their ability. Read more
The MA in Creative Writing (one year full-time or two years part-time) offers students the opportunity to develop their literary talents to the best of their ability. There are two distinct pathways through this MA, with a range of modules on offer designed to enhance, challenge and extend students’ practice in either prose or scriptwriting. The course is suited to English Literature graduates who wish to pursue advanced-level study either as an end in itself or as preparation for a PhD. Funding is available to the best students from various sources, including AHRC, DEL, and Queen’s University.

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Course Details

This MA has been designed to provide students with a general and specialist knowledge of the principles and methods of Anthropology.  Anthropology is the study of human similarity and human difference, it looks at the building blocks of human society and culture, studying the value and meaning of human life from the grassroots up on a local and global platform.

The discipline focuses on the study of human similarity and difference and explores athe value and meaning of human life from the grassroots up.  Students can choose to specialise in different strands, including Ethnomusicology (the anthropology of music) and cognition and Culture.  Masters students will be supervised by an individual member of staff and they will conduct research on a topic of their own choice and write a dissertation.

There are five MA strands as listed below and each consists of six taught modules and a dissertation (which is double-weighted):

  • MA Anthropology (Anthropology of Conflict)
  • MA Anthropology (Anthropology of Ireland)
  • MA Anthropology (Cognition and Culture)
  • MA Anthropology (Ethnomusicology)
  • MA Anthropology (Social Anthropology)

 Depending on the specialism chosen, students take a combination of compulsory and optional modules.

You will also participate in the weekly Anthropology Postgraduate Seminar were Diploma/MA/PhD students present their on-going research and in addition attend the weekly Anthropology Research Seminar where established academics discuss their work. Students also have the option to audit an undergraduate module and participate in various music ensembles.

Assessment and Feedback

Assessed essays and dissertation.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching times will be a combination of both morning and afternoon with the opportunity for occasional weekend training sessions.

Careers Prospects

Graduates have pursued careers in a wide range of fields, such as research (academic and non-academic), teaching, music therapy, consultancy, development and charity work, museum and heritage posts, journalism and radio broadcasting. Among those who have pursued academic careers, not all have done so within anthropology - several have taken posts in related disciplines. Others have found positions within governmental and non-governmental organisations abroad.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

How to apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.



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Suitable for both poets and critics alike, the programme provides workshops and training for poets, alongside a critical grounding that facilitates further study of creative writing (poetry) at PhD level. Read more
Suitable for both poets and critics alike, the programme provides workshops and training for poets, alongside a critical grounding that facilitates further study of creative writing (poetry) at PhD level. It also provides specialist academic study for graduate students who wish to focus on poetry criticism at MA level and beyond, introducing them to the major poetry traditions of Ireland, Britain, and the US in terms of their formal properties and their critical, social, intellectual, and political contexts.

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The programme covers multiple aspects of sound, aesthetics and technology and takes advantage of the unique studio and performance facilities at the Sonic Arts Research Centre. Read more
The programme covers multiple aspects of sound, aesthetics and technology and takes advantage of the unique studio and performance facilities at the Sonic Arts Research Centre.

Students gain an insight into the sonic arts alongside a foundation in the artistic and technological components of the field. They can also focus on current developments in sonic arts by choosing one of the following routes: Interaction Design, Sound Design and Composition, Computational Acoustics, Performance and Spatial Audio.

The programme culminates in a double module comprising a dissertation, project or portfolio, where students work one-on-one with a supervisor.

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The MA in Broadcast Literacy at Queen's University Belfast offers. a comprehensive theoretical overview of the contemporary field of broadcasting, its development, policies and place in society;. Read more
The MA in Broadcast Literacy at Queen's University Belfast offers:
• a comprehensive theoretical overview of the contemporary field of broadcasting, its development, policies and place in society;
• a semiotics of modern broadcasting, providing techniques for ‘reading’ broadcast texts;
• a practice-based introduction to the techniques and strategies used in generating content for television, radio and other broadcast media, taught by experienced writers and broadcasters;
• opportunities to explore the students’ own interests in broadcasting through guided study.

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