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.

The aims of this interdisciplinary programme are to broaden students knowledge of Ireland and Irish from a transnational perspective; to foster student awareness of Irish local, national and transnational identities; to enable students to engage with current critical debates in the areas of Irish literature, history and culture.

Subjects taught

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

Electives (choose 2):
• Literature of Migration
• Gender and Sexuality in Irish Literature
• Graduate Seminar in Irish Cultural History
• The Evolution of the Irish Town 1609-1960
• Framing Irish Music: Sources and Discourses 1
• Situating Irish Gothic

Spring Semester
Global Irish Studies 2: Literatures and Contexts
• Global Irish Studies Research Seminar 2

Electives (choose 2):
• Irish Americas in Literature and Culture
• People on the Move: Studying Migration
• Irish Folklore, Oral Tradition and Ethnology
• Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity
• The 'Long War' in Ireland, 1968-98

Summer Semester
• Global Irish Studies Dissertation

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):

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
• English language competency certificate


1 Year, Full Time


€4,475 per annum €8,950 total fee (Fees revised annually)

€6,500 total fee (Fees revised annually).

You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.

The fee for this course for international students is €15,000.
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Enrolment dates

Start Date: 14/09/2020

Post Course Info

Students who successfully complete this course may progress to a major award at level 10 on the NFQ. Students may also elect to exit early with the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing at level 9 on the NFQ.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time

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