UCC Research Students Showcase Their Projects

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Demystifying Research – UCC Students Showcase Their Knowledge!

Mind reading, treatments for cancer and the development of efficient internet connections – these are just some of the research projects that will be showcased by UCC’s doctoral students on Tuesday May 26th in the Aula Maxima

The UCC Doctoral Showcase is an annual event which recognises the achievements of our doctoral students and provides the finalists with a unique opportunity to communicate their research and its impact to a non-specialist audience.

The Showcase aims to demystify PhD research by giving students, employers and external representatives a flavour of the incredible range of research projects underway at UCC in a lively, engaging and accessible way.

SCHEDULE – Tuesday May 26th





What career outcomes are available to students after an MA in Film Studies?

Life after an MA in Film Studies: Teaching, Filmmaking and Festival/Event Management

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Teaching: Dr Abigail Keating

I enjoyed every aspect of the MA, and I’ll always look back on that year with great fondness. It introduced me to a diverse range of filmmakers and cinematic movements, and it gave me the opportunity to carry out research on and write about one of my greatest passions.

Undertaking an MA equips you with very general but very important skills in written communication and project management, developed through research and the scholarly writing of your thesis and assignments. In the period after completing the MA and before undertaking a PhD in Film Studies, I worked as a web content writer and in a legal service for asylum seekers—both of which required strong communication skills, in terms of an ability to convey complex information in a cogent, concise manner. I have also been working freelance as a video editor, videographer and web designer for a number of years. While the MA is not a practice-based degree, it is a visual studies degree, and I am a firm believer that the theoretical aids the practical.

I was awarded my PhD in 2014. So, the MA was of course perfect training for what I am now doing. Currently, I am lecturing in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork. I have published widely on my areas of expertise, and I am co-founding editor (along with colleagues at UCC) and web designer of the open access journal Alphaville.”

Filmmaking: Shaun O’Connor

Since completing the Master in Film Studies, I have been working as a director and editor of short films and music videos. These have been screened all screened all over the world and won awards at various festivals, including the DC Shorts Film Festival, the Corona Cork Film Festival, the Fastnet Short Film Festival, the Kerry Film Festival, the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival and the Irish Music Television Awards.  Most recently, I directed ‘(R)onanism’, a short series for RTE / IFB Storyland, produced by the Oscar-winning Fantastic Films. I am currently editing ‘Pat’, a new short film that he directed starring Jon Kenny and John Creedon, which was filmed in various locations around County Cork. In addition to my film work, I have extensive experience in directing and editing music videos, ranging from local bands to working with national stars like Julie Feeney and Declan Sinnott, and extensive corporate work. My work can be viewed at www.shaunoconnor.com

The MA in Film Studies lived up to and surpassed my expectations; so many fascinating films and topics were covered extensively. The MA gave me a wonderful knowledge of film theory, which has been a tremendous reference point throughout my career. The exposure to and analysis of so many films that I’d previously never heard of was fantastic. And of course UCC, with its beautiful campus and excellent resources was such a great place to study before I began my film career in earnest. I’m still benefiting today from the contacts and friends that I made in my time there.   

Festival/event management: David Mullane

I joined the Corona Cork Film Festival staff in my final year of my BA and took on two positions: OutLook Programmer (programming the LGBT strand of the festival) and Jury Liaison Officer (responsible for the jury members and the awards process). I also worked for two years as the festival’s Industry Officer, liaising with MEDIA Desk Ireland. In March 2012, I became Festival Programmer of GAZE Film Festival, Dublin and delivered the twentieth edition of Dublin’s LGBT film festival, which was its most successful festival to date.  I have also worked for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Currently, I am the marketing and communications officer at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin.

I was satisfied with what I achieved and gained from the MA in Film Studies. There was a large team of lecturers and tutors, with varied teaching styles and approaches and there was a generous choice of modules offered which allowed you to tailor your experience of the course to suit you.

The most rewarding aspect of the MA was the coursework and the rigours of same, especially the presentations we made, which really served to improve our public speaking and presentation skills. I often use these skills in my work now. Also, my knowledge base of film history is invaluable in my film programming profession.

Have you ever considered studying law as a postgraduate?

New 2 year conversion law degree now available in UCC Law School.

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UCC Law School is pleased to announce our new conversion law degree. Aimed at graduates from other disciplines who are seeking a change in direction and would like to find a career in law or related area such as human rights. Starting in 2015-16 academic year our postgraduate LLB degree in Law will admit graduates who have not previously studied law.

Did you want to become a lawyer? Or have a passion for human rights or business and think a law degree will help you pursue your dreams of a career in this area? If so, the Law School at UCC are delighted to announce that we now have a degree that can offer you a change in direction. Starting in 2015-16 academic year our postgraduate LLB degree in Law will admit graduates who have not previously studied law.

The two year full time postgraduate degree offers graduates from other disciplines a chance to study core law modules and develop essential legal skills, such as advocacy and legal research/writing.

A student who chooses to study for the LLB you will take the subjects which make up the foundation topics required for the professional exams – FE1s and Kings Inn exams – such as Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. In addition, students will be able to choose from a wide range of optional subjects such as Human Rights Law and Commercial Law. The programme is largely delivered during the day but there is flexibility with some subjects being taught in the evening.

Should you want more information on this expanded degree in the Law School please check out the information on the UCC study web page: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckl13/

Application for the programme can now be made through http://www.pac.ie/ucc
Course Code CKL44 (full-time), CKL45 (part-time). Full details on how to apply available here.

If you would like to further discuss what the programme involves, please contact Dr Fiona Donson f.donson@ucc.ie