Early Irish

Trinity College Dublin

Early Irish

The MPhil in Early Irish is an opportunity to develop a wide range of specialist skills, as well as a deep technical knowledge of the Irish language as it was used during the Middle Ages. The programme explores the language through four key prisms:

• Old Irish prose
• Old Irish poetry
• Primitive and Archaic Irish
• Early Irish law and Middle Irish

These core components are supplemented by a series of guest lectures on the subject, organised by the Department of Irish and Celtic Studies. Our graduates are ideally placed to go on to pursue specialist research in the field of Early Irish at the doctoral level.

The MPhil in Early Irish equips you with practical skills in using and understanding the language of medieval Ireland, and the academic skills to navigate research related to this language and its culture. You will hone these skills on the degree by completing your own research dissertation on a subject related to Early Irish, under the supervision of a subject specialist.

On this demanding course, you will be provided with a wealth of opportunities to develop your understanding of Early Irish, expand your practical skills, and prepare to develop your own advanced research in the field.

Many of our students have previously taken our Postgraduate Diploma in Early Irish, which serves as an excellent introduction to the subject. However, we also welcome applications from candidates with an equivalent level of competence in Early Irish.

Entry requirements

The M.Phil. course builds on the material presented in the Postgraduate Diploma in Old Irish. Applicants will therefore normally have successfully completed the latter course, though persons with equivalent competence in Old Irish but who have not successfully completed the diploma are also eligible to apply. All candidates undertake core courses in Old Irish prose, Old Irish poetry, Primitive and Archaic Irish, Early Irish law and Middle Irish. In addition students attend a series of guest lectures organised by the department, and all undertake a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st March 2023


1 year full-time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2020

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  • Qualification letters

    M. Phil.

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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