MA in European Regional and Minority Cultures

The MA will not be on offer in 2017/18

This MA in European Regional and Minority Cultures (ERMC) is the first of its kind in any European University as it draws together the wide expertise and scholarship of UCD’s academic staff across disciplines to provide a comprehensive multi-disciplinary programme focused on European regionalism and minorities. It is hosted by the College of Arts & Humanities and the Graduate School, and it includes contributions from other schools in the College of Human Sciences.

Modern-day Europe prides itself on its rich culture of diversity incorporating regions and minorities, which has led to a significant debates regarding rights, status and protection within the EU. Therefore, the MA in ERMC offers students a wide range of courses on Europe with particular reference to regionalism and minority issues. These courses provide students with a grounding in the broader context of European developments and in-depth analysis of specific issues, debates and movements in order to facilitate a multi-disciplinary understanding of the European Union, its regions and minorities.

Students in ERMC will be able to design their MA degree with the greatest possible flexibility choosing from the wide range of courses. The course offerings are widely spread across participating schools allowing access to social, historical, linguistic, literary and film studies to provide for both in-depth analysis of specific cases and theoretical approaches to the subjects. Students can, if they wish, enhance their existing language competencies in French and German by participating in language modules designed to support the more content-based modules.

Choosing to do an MA in ERMC provides a unique opportunity for students from Ireland, Europe and further a field to study the “roots of Europe” and undertake detailed research in areas within this framework. Students will acquire knowledge in specialist areas, valuable skills in analysis and research and expert knowledge in European Regionalism and Minorities. Upon successful completion of the MA students will be in an ideal position to pursue a career in a wide range of areas, for example, the public and private sectors of the European economy. The successful completion of the MA programme also provides students with the potential to pursue further academic studies at Ph.D. level.

The language of instruction in all programme components is English, unless stated otherwise in the module descriptions. All modules are self-contained units and students can make their choice of modules according to their interests.  

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The MA in European Regional and Minority Cultures is offered as a full-time or part-time programme. Full-time students are required to accumulate 90 credits in one year. The course work is worth 60 credits and the minor dissertation 30 credits.
Part-time students may spread the required modules over two years. We recommend that part-time students cover at least half the required modules in year one (30 credits). However, the appropriate workload will be discussed with each part-time student on an individual basis.

Students are liable to pay programme fees to the University which is in line with fees for other MA programmes. For information on fees for Graduate programmes please consult:

Applicants are expected to hold a university degree graded B or equivalent. Reading competence in at least one major European language other than English is desirable, but not essential.

Applications for this programme are welcome immediately until August 15, of each year. Applicants are required to fill out the online application form and to return it with their complete university transcripts or equivalent qualifications, a CV, one reference and an administration fee. Further general information can be obtained from the UCD website (, follow the Graduate Taught Programmes path, or, for specific academic details, from the Programme Director Dr.Georg Grote ( or Professor Bettina Migge ( ).

Students commence their taught MA or Graduate Diploma in September. All students participate in the two core modules “From Nationalism to Regionalism in Europe” (Sem.1) and “Minorities and the Development of Minority Policies in Europe” (Sem.2). These modules serve as the overarching structure and a general survey over the specialized modules contributing to the MA programme. Students are also obliged to participate and pass the “Research Skills” modules offered in each semester. The core element of the MA degree amounts to 30 credits.

In addition to the core modules, students are required to choose optional modules to the value of 30 credits in two semesters. They may select from a number of modules from the module offerings according to their own preference and interest.

Finally, MA students write a 30 credit minor thesis of approximately 15,000 words on an approved topic of their choice. The thesis topic has to be submitted by 15 April of each year subsequent to commencing the MA, to the Programme Directors in the form of a preliminary title and a brief project description. The Programme Directors in consultation with the contributors to the MA programme formally approves topics and assigns supervisors. The thesis has to be submitted by July 31.

Graduate Diploma students finish their one-year course (without the MA thesis) at the end of April.

Semester 1, (September-December):

SLL 40200    Nationalism & Regionalism in Europe (10)

SLL 40100    Research Skills (5)


Semester 2, (January- April):

SLL 40170    Minorities in Europe & Minority Policies (10)

SLL 40110    Research Skill (5)


Semester 3, (May-July):

SLL 40210    MA Thesis (30)

Semester 1:
SLL 40160    Workshop Academic Conference (5)
FR 40220    French for Academic Purposes (5)
GER 40160     German for academic purposes (5)
GER 40140     The German Minority in Northern Italy (10)
HIST 41720    War Studies Academic Seminar (10)

Semester 2:
ITAL 40150     Languages & Identities in Italy (10)
LING 40220     Minority Languages    (10)
HIST 41720     War Studies Academic Seminar (10)
HIST 40870     Gender & Medicine    (10)
FR 40200     French Cinema in the 1930s (10)
FR 40230     French for academic purposes (5)
GER 40170     German for academic purposes (5)

Please note that this list is as accurate as possible. However, in some instances it may be necessary to make changes to the programme.

Semester 1:
SLL 10010     European Civilisation I – The Great Dictators (5)
SLL 20200     European Civilisation II – Modern Europe (5)
SLL20030    Europe after 1945 (5)
FR 10050     Early Modern France: Landscape & Timelines (5)
PHPS 20020     Social Anthropology (5)  

Semester 2:
SLL30060    Conflict & Cooperation in Europe    (5)
SOC 30050     Political Sociology (5)

Semester 3:
SLL 40210     MA Thesis in European Regional & Minority Studies    (30)

Students who, during the course of Semester 2, decide not to complete their MA may want to complete a 60 credit Graduate Diploma in European Regional and Minority Cultures by successfully completing all necessary taught modules.