UCC Postgraduate courses

Migration, Mobility & Culture

Course Fact File
Duration1 Year Full-time; 2 Years Part-time
Teaching ModeFull-time, Part-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 9
Closing DateRolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.
Non-EU Closing DateOpen until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.
Start Date9 September 2024

Course Outline

The 21st-century world is a world that is on the move. War, conflict, public health crises, and climate change have all brought about a situation in which mobility across borders is higher than at any other point in our history. To equip ourselves to interact with this new reality we need to develop skills that help us to understand the patterns of mobility that have brought us to this point and that help us to navigate diverse societies in constant flux. This cutting-edge Master’s in Migration, Mobility and Culture (MMC) will form graduates with a multi-focal and transnational understanding of the global grand challenge of migration and its relationship to culture, politics and the social sciences. In this one-year degree, you will engage with experts on migration from a range of disciplines, including Sociology, Languages, Literatures, Geography, Law, Applied Social Studies and Public Health.

The MA in Migration, Mobility and Culture is a UCC Futures Signature Programme, aligned to Collective Social Futures and Future Humanities, and showcases UCC’s research-intensive, innovative interdisciplinary mission while enabling breadth of learning. MMC will give staff and students the opportunity to test new ideas and develop graduate attributes that are unique to UCC.

With its interdisciplinary, practical and skills-enhancing content and wide-ranging types of assessment, the MA in MMC is designed to match the urgent need for initial and advanced training of professionals in all areas of society where specific knowledge regarding the complexity of interactions among people of different cultures, ethnicities and social groups is necessary.

This one-year MA course begins in late September, with teaching ending in late March, and a dissertation/project is submitted in mid-September. The MA in Migration, Mobility and Culture requires attendance at lectures and seminars, the writing of course papers, and the completion of other assessed tasks including presentations.

Migration, Mobility and Culture* Modules

The core set of MMC modules introduces you to key concepts needed for the understanding of migration: mobility and globalisation; intercultural communication; cultural transfer and exchange, social policy and theory. It will equip you with advanced problem-solving and intercultural skills and critical thinking. You will also have the option to study a language. Modules also include research training and development, as well as a dissertation/major project in the student’s area of choice. The MMC programme comprises 90 credits as follows:

Part I

Core Modules (50 credits)

  • LL6008 Mobility, Plurilingualism and Intercultural Communication in a Globalized World (10 credits)
  • LL6111 Theorising the Global: Migration Studies, Postcolonialism, and Critical Theory (10 credits)
  • LL6903 Research Skills in Migration, Mobility and Culture (10 credits)
  • SC6644 Im/mobilities: forced migration and belonging (10 credits)
  • SS6114 Migration, Mobilities and Social Policy (10 credits)

Elective Modules (Choose 10 credits)

  • LL6037 Migration and Culture (10 credits)
  • LL6038 Metropolis, Mobility and Minorities (10 credits)
  • GG6018 Conceptualising Society, Space and the City (10 credits)
  • EH6155 Migration and Public Health (5 credits)
  • GV6010 Contemporary Global Politics (5 credits)
  • LW2216 Humanitarianism and the Law (5 credits)

Or 10 credits of Language modules or equivalent in CELTA qualification.

Part II
  • LL6016 Dissertation/Major project in Migration, Mobility and Culture (30 credits)
  • or LL6100 Multilingual Cork: Creating a Transnational Interview Archive (30 credits)

* Note that MA Migration, Mobility and Culture was formerly known as MA Global Cultures and Languages.

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities

Our MA in Migration, Mobility and Culture is offered by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at UCC. 

Lecture hours and timetables depend largely on your chosen modules. The elective modules have a value of 10 credits and involve two hours of teaching per week during one semester. The rest of the modules may have a value of 5 or 10 credits and they take a variety of different formats (workshops, participation in research seminars, online learning), so an estimation of the total amount of classes for the duration of the academic year would be between 5 and 10 hours per week, with more than this devoted to directed study outside class hours. 

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over two years.

The Migration, Mobility and Culture programme has a major focus on developing key skills and employability of its graduates with advanced training in research skills, teaching and learning methodologies, and advanced language skills. It will provide you with advanced training in languages, intercultural communication and develop your research skills to high levels. We aim to equip you for jobs in the education, tourism, translation, heritage, technology, or global business sectors.


Applicants must have at least a Second Class Honours Grade 1 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in any discipline.

Applicants who hold a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in any discipline may also be considered and an interview may be required for such applicants.

All applicants must submit a statement detailing their motivation and readiness. This statement must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,000 words and must include the following:

  • Your reason(s) for applying to the programme
  • How the programme fits with your career plan.

Once the online application has been submitted, all applicants will be required to provide the name and email address of 1 referee (either academic or professional) and a communication will issue immediately from UCC to your referee requesting that they submit a reference directly to UCC.

Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may also be given to applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements as stated above but who present with significant and directly relevant work experience. In such cases, the applicant must clearly set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in the motivation and readiness statement. An interview may also be required for such applicants.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Vsit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


If your course requires a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.

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