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The MA in English has two main strands: the taught classes (from a wide selection of modules) and the independent research project (the dissertation). This two-fold dimension allows students, on the one hand, to develop their knowledge and confidence with the guidance of a teacher in the taught coursework and, on the other, to develop a substantial autonomous research and writing project.

Students take one core taught module (Writing and Research) that run across both semesters. In this module students study some indispensable works of literary theory and criticism, and refine their skills in writing, research methods, the use of libraries and resources, and critical thinking. Students learn how to design, revise and carry out a credible dissertation plan. Students choose a further five elective taught modules from a wide range of options in the areas of literature (e.g., Shakespeare, Old and Middle English, American literature, narratology, Dickens, travel literature), literary theory, cultural and social theory and also in the cognate areas of film studies, drama, Irish studies, digital humanities and journalism (e.g., textual studies, book history, colonialism, film theory, Beckett, Wilde, digital film, Irish modernity). The coursework takes place during term, and work on the dissertation spans the second semester and the summer after coursework has been concluded. The dissertation is 15,000 words long, and is submitted in early August.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. The excellent oral and written communication skills, advanced research skills and critical thinking skills that an MA in English cultivates are highly valued by employers.

2. This qualification is recognised as a career-advancing asset within the education, culture, media and knowledge industries.

3. You can propose your own topic of study for your research project, allowing you to pursue your particular interests.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
BA in an Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences discipline with a minimum result of H2.2 or an equivalent international qualification (e.g. BA with minimum GPA of 3.0 for North American applicants).


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time.

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Career opportunities
The taught coursework on this programme will enable students to extend their knowledge of English beyond the boundaries of their undergraduate experience and to develop a range of important and transferable skills that will serve them well in the job market. For example, students will learn how to achieve a regular habit of research and writing, to meet deadlines, to give persuasive, well-researched talks and presentations, to use libraries and resources effectively, to articulate ideas to others, to work in a team, to write well, and to revise, edit and improve drafts of written work. These are valuable skills that will translate easily into a wide range of careers. For example graduates of this programme are well placed to succeed in arts administration, teaching, creative writing, PR, research, broadcasting, publishing, journalism, non-fiction writing and marketing.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Part time

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