English

The MA in English provides opportunities and skills for the advanced study of literatures in English, literary and cultural theory, and textual practices.

Students will develop expertise in self-directed learning and the pursuit of independent research as they also become familiar with current critical conversations in such areas as Irish studies, migration studies, modernism, postcolonialism, gender and sexuality studies, and early modern studies.

Entry requirements

Candidates will be required to meet a minimum entry requirement of 2.2 (Level 8 Honours Degree, National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in an English-related degree or an approved equivalent qualification. For non-native speakers of English an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score in the range of 7.0 is required.

What to Upload with your Application:

Qualification transcripts and certificates

A personal statement

Two (2) academic letters of reference

A 500-700 word writing sample, providing a literary-critical response to a text that really engaged or provoked you during your undergraduate studies (this can be an extract from a longer essay submitted in fulfilment of your final year assessment).

A copy of your Birth Certificate (long document)

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
AND

• English language competency certificate

Subjects taught

Full Time Programme Content

Autumn Semester
• Literary and Cultural Theory
• Advanced Editing: Creating a Literary Journal

Electives (choose two)
• Literary Modernism
• Gender & Sexuality in Irish Writing
• Literature of Migration
• Cultural Constructions of the Past
• Situating Irish Gothic

Spring Semester
Core Modules:
• Issues in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
• Feminist Literary Theory: Perspectives on Women & Literature

Electives (choose two)
• Politics and American Literature
• Post-colonial Theory and Literature
• Utopian Theory and Texts
• Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity
• Irish Americas in Literature and Culture

Summer Semester
• Dissertation

Part Time Programme Content - Year 1

Autumn
Core Modules:

• Literary and Cultural Theory

Electives (choose 1):
• Literary Modernism
• Gender and Sexuality in Irish Writing
• Literature, Film, and Human Rights
• Literature of Migration
• Comparative Literature

Spring Semester

Core Module:
• Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Studies

Electives (choose 1):
• Politics and American Literature
• Issues in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
• Irish Americas in Literature & Culture
• Situating Irish Gothic
• Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity
• Postcolonial Theory and Literature
• Feminist Literary Theory

Summer Semester
• Dissertation

Year 2

Autumn Semester
Core Module:
• Advanced Editing: Creating a Literary Journal 1

Electives (choose 1):
• Literary Modernism
• Gender and Sexuality in Irish Writing
• Literature, Film, and Human Rights
• Literature of Migration
• Comparative Literature

Spring Semester
Core Module:
• Advanced Editing: Creating a Literary Journal 2

Electives (choose 1):
• Politics and American Literature
• Issues in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
• Irish Americas in Literature & Culture
• Situating Irish Gothic
• Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity
• Postcolonial Theory and Literature
• Feminist Literary Theory

Summer Semester
• Dissertation

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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Graduate Profile
The MA Programme in English attracts individuals interested in gaining such a qualification in preparation for careers that build on strong skills in textual analysis and written and oral communication, such as journalism, broadcast media, publishing, culture and arts administration, politics, or social services.

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  • Qualification letters

    MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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