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UL launches new Community Research MA which offers real-life training in community projects

University of Limerick has launched a new taught postgraduate programme in Community Research. The MA Community Research+ programme is unique in providing students with real time, real-life on-the-job research training in community collaborative projects, locally and internationally.

The MA Community Research+ is designed to meet the needs of professionals and practitioners in community based settings in the public, semi-state and not-for-profit sector. This MA combines practice based learning with academic rigour. Students taking this MA will be expected to be strongly motivated to develop applied research skills in the community.

Two pathways are available on the programme: Development and Journalism.

MA Community Research + Journalism

On the MA Community Research + Journalism, students will learn vital professional skills including: news and feature writing; broadcasting; multimedia journalism; interviewing; investigative reporting and research methods. The application of these skills across print, broadcast and multimedia journalism is a major part of the course.

Students on the MA Community Research + Journalism will:

  • Get practical experience of a community-based website and print newspaper (The Limerick Voice)
  • Gain ‘real-world’ journalism work by completing multi-media assignments for various types of platforms to deadline, while also developing a portfolio of professional journalism work
  • Be equipped with the high-level research skills essential to all kinds of journalism and develop a critical awareness of the role of journalism and media in society
  • Learn an appreciation of the ethical and legal issues in the profession and a critical understanding of how the media operates.

MA Community Research + Development

On the MA Community Research + Development, students will learn about developmental institutions and supports at national and international level, taking Graduate Seminars in Development and in Peace building. Elective options include modules in: Institutions and policies of the EU; International Cooperation and Conflict; Collaborative Governance and Leadership.

Students on the MA Community Research + Development will:

  • Get practical experience in engaged Research practice and community co-design
  • Develop critical understanding of contemporary national and international institutions supporting development
  • Examine the origins and impacts of contemporary conflicts in the Global South and the complex relations between development and violence
  • An understanding of the key theories, concepts and debates relating to conflict

Further details:


Course Director: Dr Maura Adshead, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration


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