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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

Identities and Cultures of Europe (M.Phil.)

Course Description

Identities structure our reality, our desires, our experience and our ideas. As such, they assume many shapes and forms: the self and the nation, language and gender, migration and trauma, myth and ideology, class and religion, capitalism and populism, ecology and technology. Above all, identities are crystallised in their representation: in the media and popular culture, in literature and film, but also in imagined communities and destinies, contested histories, and collective memory. Exploring and analysing questions of identity as they have unfolded and continue to unfold in Europe, this one-year taught Masters programme offered by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies will equip students with the critical tools and real-life experience to understand the complex and varied challenges posed by shifting notions of identity and their very real consequences.

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1. Core modules (20 ECTS): all students will take two core modules on Questions of Identity in Europe, which will approach the issue of identity from a range of disciplinary perspectives through theories of identity and case studies.
2. Elective modules (40 ECTS): students will choose four modules from two thematic areas, i) Cultural and Political Histories of Europe and, ii) Literary and Visual Cultures of Europe.
3. Dissertation (30 ECTS): students will engage in their own research project, writing a 15,000- to 20,000-word dissertation under the supervision of a staff member in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.
4. Study trip: students will take part in a structured three-day study trip at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe in the first semester, during which they will attend lectures, meet fellow Masters students at KU Leuven, and visit cultural and political institutions at the heart of Europe.
5. Internship: in the second semester, students will have an opportunity to intern at an approved NGO or cultural institution as an optional module.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is academically challenging and rewarding. As a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold at least a 2.1 honors degree (60%) from an Irish university, or an equivalent result from a university in another country. If you have any queries in relation to your eligibility for programmes.

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