Global Irish Studies

The MA in Global Irish Studies brings together a wide range of historical, literary, and musical disciplines to examine the interconnected notions of local and global Irishness. By exploring the global positioning of Irish identity and culture we aim to bring fresh perspectives to the understanding of Irish identities and cultures.

Entry requirements

Primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 – National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Candidates must be proficient in English. Irish language proficiency is not required.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Global Irish Studies: Core Issues and Texts
• Global Irish Studies Research Seminar 1

Students must choose two modules among the following:
• Literature of Migration
• Gender and Sexuality in Irish Literature
• Graduate Seminar in Irish Cultural History
• Sex, Family and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland
• Framing Irish Music: Sources and Discourses 1

Spring Semester
Global Irish Studies 2: Literatures and Contexts
• Global Irish Studies Research Seminar 2 Students must choose two modules among the following:
• Irish Americas in Literature and Culture
• Situating Irish Gothic
• People on the Move: Studying Migration
• Irish Folklore, Oral Tradition and Ethnology
• Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity
• The 'Long War' in Ireland, 1968-98
• Framing Irish Music: Sources and Discourses 2

Summer Semester
• Global Irish Studies Dissertation


1 Year, Full Time or 2 Years, Part Time

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