English Drama & Film - Irish Literature & Culture

MA Irish Literature & Culture
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Throughout its history, UCD has been deeply involved in the progress of Irish literary affairs. Our MA in Irish Literature and Culture is the longest-established MA in this subject the world over. It is rooted in a unique tradition which draws inspiration from the many internationally acclaimed Irish authors - many of whom were educated at UCD - including James Joyce, Roddy Doyle and Emma Donoghue.

The UCD School of English, Drama and Film is also world renowned for the quality of its research expertise and its teaching programmes in Irish writing. Its lecturers have research collaborations with colleagues in Irish studies in universities throughout North America, Brazil, China, Japan, Europe and Australia, linking this programme with a truly global network of research.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This course is open to graduates with a background in English, Humanities, Social Sciences or cognate disciplines.

Programme Outcomes
Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers. Many of our alumni work in the cultural administration, education or technology sectors. Others are in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including government, the media, NGOs and the Arts, whilst some continue on to PhD research.

Subjects taught

Core Modules include:
Joyce, Ulysses
Irish Poetry: Representing Self and Other
Irish Theatre and its European Connections
Theorising Irish Cultures
Tradition to the Contemporary
Literary Research Methods

Stage 1 - Core
Irish Literature and Culture Dissertation ENG40040
The Tradition and the Contemporary ENG41590
Irish Theatre ENG41610
Theorising Irish Cultures ENG41620
Irish Poetry: Representing Self and Other ENG41630
Joyce, Ulysses ENG41640
Research Methods ENG42060

Entry requirements

A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelors in a cognate area (equivalent Humanities Degree, such as History, Philosophy, Cultural Studies) with a minimum 2.1 (NFQ Level 8 ) or equivalent.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MA Irish Literature & Culture FT (Z349)

Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




1 year full-time.


MA Irish Literature and Culture (Z349) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

***Fees are subject to change

For information on Funding and Scholarships see the School of English, Drama and Film website:

Enrolment dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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