Coursework, Examination and Dissertation/Minor Thesis (Taught Masters)
The MA is normally an approved calendared programme of study of at least 12 months duration from the date of first registration for the programme and involves (a) a research dissertation and (b) an examination by continuous assessment and/or end-of-year written examination.
The Examiners for all MA dissertations and examinations shall consist of the Intern Examiner/Examiners and the approved Extern Examiner in the relevant subject/subject area.
Before making their report on the dissertation, the Examiners shall consult with one another and where appropriate conduct an oral examination. A joint report shall be submitted by a stated date. If this proves to be impossible a second Extern Examiner, nominated by the College/Faculty on the recommendation of the Head of Department/School, will adjudicate the matter, and the report of this examiner shall be final and shall go forward to the relevant Examination Board and subsequently to Academic Board.
Number of Years
(a) the minimum number of years for a full-time student is one year;
(b) the norm for a full-time student is a maximum of two years from the date of first registration for the programme;
(c) the number of years for part-time students is determined on a pro-rata basis;
(d) extensions shall be given only in exceptional circumstances.
Dissertation: upper limit in the region of 20,000 words.
To be considered for registration as an MA candidate, an applicant will normally have a primary degree at Second Honours level or the equivalent. There are special prerequisites in some cases.
Among the regularly recognised equivalences are:
(i) a BA from the NUI and Second Class Honours in the particular subject as a Non-Degree student.
(ii) an acceptable standard achieved in the subject in the former BA (Special).
(iii) the qualifying standard in the MA Qualifying Examination.
(iv) applications will be considered from candidates without a primary degree provided that they have undergone comparable training and reached a comparable standard to that required of graduates. Such candidates will normally be required to sit a qualifying examination.
(v) Second Class Honours in the subject in which the MA is to be pursued.
Application to be considered as an MA candidate should be made to the Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, University College Cork, Ireland. Intending candidates are encouraged to write to, or see, the Head and other members of the Department/School in which they wish to study. To ensure that their application may be considered and a decision made in good time to allow them make preparations, all applicants are advised to contact the Graduate Studies Office concerning the closing dates for all postgraduate programmes.
The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences will decide on an application following recommendations from the Department/School concerned on the suitability of the applicant and on the ability of the Department/School to provide the necessary level of supervision.
MA Programmes and Examinations
Details of available research areas, programmes, methods of teaching etc. are available from the Departments concerned.
There are written examination sessions in Summer and Autumn. Details of the time of examination in a particular MA are available from the Department/School concerned.
The written permission of the Supervisor and the Head of Department/School must be obtained before candidates submit their dissertation for examination. A Submission Form may be obtained from the Student Records and Examinations Office.
The submission deadlines for the dissertation are the first week of May, the first week of July, or the first week of October. The precise dates are fixed annually. A leaflet giving full information on the format, layout and presentation of theses for the Master's Degree is available from the Student Records and Examinations Office.
A candidate for the MA Degree may not simultaneously pursue any other programme except with the permission of the College.
In the case of Interdisciplinary Programmes, the Chair of the Board of Studies may assume the role of a Head of Department/School and the Board of Studies may assume the role of the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee, where appropriate and where approved by College/Faculty.