Gaelic Literature & Culture - Online

University College Cork

Gaelic Literature & Culture - Online

Our MA in Gaelic Literature and Culture (Online), offered by the Department of Modern Irish at UCC, provides students with an in-depth introduction to a distinctive body of literature, giving expression to the many identities of the Gaelic world, and extending over 1200 years, from monastic to modern times.

This course will take you on a literary journey across place and time as we examine sources (manuscripts) and literary texts from the early Christian period to the modern era. This emphasis on place – both local and international – informs the historicity of Gaelic literature studies.

We also create links over time between authors such as Colum Cille and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Gofraidh Fionn and Seán Ó Ríordáin. This allows us to consider Gaelic literature as an organic entity – redefining and reinventing itself as each historic challenge is encountered and overcome.

Subjects taught

In Part I students take 60 credits consisting of core and elective modules and in Part II students complete a Research Dissertation worth 30 credits. Our modules cover all aspects of Gaelic literature from the first appearance of poetry in the margins of Latin manuscripts in the ninth century, to an exploration of the sense of place in the work of Irish authors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Part I
Core Modules
GA6012 The Social and Cultural History of the Irish Language, 1200-2000 (10 Credits)
GA6013 The Transmission and Interpretation of Gaelic Literature (10 Credits)

Elective Module
GA6010 Beginners Irish Language (10 Credits)
GA6014 The Phases of Gaelic literature (10 Credits)
GA6016 Placenames and Sense of Place in Gaelic Literature (10 Credits)
GA6032 Women’s Poetry in Gaelic Society (10 credits)
GA6033 Fionn Mac Cumhaill in Gaelic Tradition (10 credits)
GA6040 Literature in Translation (10 Credits)
GA6042 Modern Poetry in Gaelic (10 Credits)

Part II
GA6019 Dissertation in Gaelic Literature (30 credits)
Please see the University Calendar (MA Gaelic Literature and Culture -Online) for more information and learning outcomes.

Postgraduate Diploma in Gaelic Literature and Culture
Students who have completed and passed modules to the value of at least 60 credits in Part I and who fail or do not wish to proceed to Part II may exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Gaelic Literature.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from graduates of all disciplines. Successful applicants will normally have a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or the equivalent.

Candidates who hold a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) will also be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), based on the information provided in a supplementary statement and/or interview acceptable to the Department selection committee.

For North American students a cumulative GPA of 3.2 is normally expected.
Applicants must complete a short personal statement outlining their academic background and interests and reasons for applying to the programme.

Technical expertise
As most of this course will be delivered online, it is understood that students will have constant access to internet-delivering technology. Elementary computer literacy will be required of the students. Technical guidance and support provided by UCC will be available to the students at all times.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


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

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Career Information
Upon successful completion of the MA in Gaelic Literature and Culture, a student may elect to pursue further study to doctoral level. If such study is to be undertaken at UCC, students may choose to spend time abroad as part of their programme. Students with this qualification will also be in a position to apply for scholarships to study for further degrees at overseas universities. See the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences for more information on a PhD in this area.

In addition, the MA in Gaelic literature is an ideal qualification for those wishing to pursue careers in sectors such as heritage, local history, broadcasting, and media.

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  • Qualification letters

    MA/PG Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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