Irish - Modern Irish - Nua Ghaeilge
The course includes modules on literature in Irish, Irish language and Irish manuscripts and palaeography. The development of the Irish language over time is also treated, as well as its appearance in the modern dialects, particularly those of Munster. An essential part of the course is the submission of a dissertation presenting research undertaken during the year. All teaching is conducted through Irish.
The course comprises instruction in aspects of Irish language and literature from the late Middle Ages to modern times, from court poetry to the poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. It also includes a mandatory module in academic writing. The expected outcome of these modules is that you will have a knowledge of Irish language and literature that is both broad-ranging and detailed, together with special competency in communicating scholarship and learning in a concise and attractive style.
Why Choose This Course
This course offers you an opportunity to gain an unrivalled combination of skills through exposure to primary sources and published texts of literary, linguistic and historic interest. The course offers unique access to special collections (digital and actual) of Irish language materials. It also combines the teaching skills and experience of some of the leading experts in palaeography, late medieval Irish literature, linguistics, and modern Irish literature. The Modern Irish Department at UCC is widely recognised as being at the forefront of Irish scholarship and our teaching staff have published in excess of 200 books, monographs and articles in the area.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Graduates of the MA in Modern Irish have gone on to complete further research and to partake in the many and varied opportunities available nowadays to young scholars in Irish.
A recent example is that of the young scholar Mícheál Ó Drisleáin, named in 2011 at the PPI Media Awards as the Newcomer of the Year. In addition to pursuing a career in broadcasting, Mícheál is currently on the point of completing his PhD with the department based on an archive of sound-recordings made in the 1960s and 1970s.
Candidates must have at least a Second Class Honours Grade 1 Bachelor's degree in Irish, or equivalent.
All applicants will be asked to submit an academic statement in Irish as part of the online application process, outlining their academic background and research interests and their reasons for applying for the course. Applicants will be required to attend an interview prior to selection
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Assessment will be based on in-class exams, class essays and the submission of a dissertation
Modúil riachtanacha 2018/2019
GA6001 Scríobh acadúil na Gaeilge
GA6037 Scileanna Taighde agus Cumarsáide
GA6009 Miontráchtas MA
Modúil roghnacha 2018/2019
GA6038 An Fhiannaíocht
GA6035 An Scríbhneoireacht Chruthaitheach
GA6002 Beirt bhanfhile: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill agus Biddy Jenkinson
GA6005 Filíocht Mhúscraí ón 18ú hAois anuas
GA6011 Scríbhinní Amhlaoibh Uí Shúilleabháin
Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
CKE51 Full-time; CKE50 Part-time
The part-time option will be taught during evening hours over 2 year.
Start Date 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
This course hones your editorial and critical (textual and literary) skills so you will be well placed, on completion of the course, to pursue independent research work in whatever area of Irish you chose, or to apply the skills acquired to non-academic contexts such as media or business.