Irish - Modern Irish - Nua Ghaeilge

University College Cork

Irish - Modern Irish - Nua Ghaeilge

Our MA programme includes modules on literature in Irish, the Irish language and Irish manuscripts and palaeography. The development of the Irish language over time is also treated, as well as its appearance in 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 the 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.

Subjects taught

Cúrsa a bhfuil dhá chuid ann, mar leanas, atá á thairiscint ag Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge le haghaidh na céime:?Cuid I: sé cinn de mhodúil a múinfear dhá thráthnóna sa seachtain i gcaitheamh na bliana, agus a mbeidh scrúduithe scríofa á leanúint sa Gheimhreadh nó sa Samhradh;?Cuid II: tráchtas gearr, a mbeidh aontú na Roinne leis, a scríobhfaidh an mac léinn faoi stiúradh duine foirne de chuid na Roinne agus go mbeidh idir 12,000-15,000 focal ann.

Déanfaidh mic léinn 90 creidiúint mar a leanas:

Cuid I

Modúil Riachtanacha:?Déanfaidh mic léinn 20 creidiúint mar a leanas:

?GA6001 Scríobh Acadúil na Gaeilge (10 creidiúint) Múinfear é seo thar an dá sheimeastar. Is cúrsa éigeantach é seo.?
GA6037 Scileanna Taighde agus Cumarsáide (10 creidiúint) Múinfear é seo i
Seimeastar 2. Is cúrsa éigeantach é seo.

Modúil Roghnacha:?Roghnóidh mic léinn 40 creidiúint as an liosta thíos:?

GA6002 Beirt Bhanfhile: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill agus Biddy Jenkinson (10 creidiúint) Múinfear é seo i Seimeastar 1.
GA6005 Filíocht Mhúscraí ón 18ú hAois Anuas (10 creidiúint) Múinfear é seo i Seimeastar 2.
GA6020 Advanced Translations Skill (Irish) (10 creidiúint) Múinfear é seo thar an dá sheimeastar.
GA6035 An Scríbhneoireacht Chruthaitheach (10 creidiúint) Múinfear é seo i Seimeastar 2.
GA6038 An Fhiannaíocht (10 creidiúint) Múinfear é seo i Seimeastar 1.
GA6043 Traidisiún na hAmhránaíochta i gCultúr na Gaeilge (10 creidiúint) Múinfear é seo i Seimeastar 2.
Cuid II?

GA6009 Miontráchtas sa Nua-Ghaeilge (30 creidiúint). Níor ghá go mbeadh gach modúl díobh seo á thairiscint gach bliain.
See the Postgraduate College Calendar for full programme content.


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.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have at least a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) 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. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure 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.

Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

Application dates

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023

How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

Assessment Info

Assessment will be based on in-class exams, class essays and the submission of a dissertation


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

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 11 September 2023.

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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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