Irish Mythology & Folklore

University College Cork

Irish Mythology & Folklore

This programme very popular and we advise you to apply early.

Apart from Latin, Irish is the oldest literary language in western Europe, reflecting the vigorous cultural self-confidence of the early Irish themselves; and a wealth of Old Irish and Middle Irish tales, poems, and other texts speak of the culture and beliefs of the pagan period, evidently drawing on the materials of ancient myth.

Ireland is also unusual in the energy and thoroughness with which its folklore has been collected, especially in the early part of the twentieth century. The Department of Folklore and Ethnology embrace this in our department collaborations with ongoing research projects across both the University and community.

Despite the many changes brought by its eventful history, Ireland's traditions have been remarkably durable, and continuities can be identified by linking the popular lore of modern times with the world of primeval myth. Various course modules trace these continuities, examining enduring themes such as gender, kinship, and the supernatural.

Subjects taught

Part I
Core Modules (60 credits)
CC6024 Tales of Kings & Heroes in Medieval Ireland (10 credits)
CC6025 Celtic Paganism & its Irish Legacy: The Medieval Evidence (10 credits)
CC6027 Gender Perceptions in Medieval Ireland (10 credits)
FL6011 Doing Irish Folklore: Archival Collection & Dissemination, Past & Present (10 credits)
FL6012 The Gaelic Otherworld: Stories &Theories (10 credits)
FL6013 Feminine Genealogies from Myth to Folklore (10 credits)

Part II
Dissertation in Mythology or Folklore (30 credits)

CC6026 Dissertation in Irish Mythology (30 credits) or
FL6010 Dissertation in Irish Folklore (30 credits)

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 II 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.

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.

Application dates

Closing Date
Closed on 1 Dec 2023. Decisions issued by mid-Jan 2024. If places remain, we will reopen.


1 Year full-time, 2 years part-time Online.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

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Skills and Careers Information
An MA in Irish Mythology and Folklore is an ideal qualification for those wishing to pursue careers in sectors such as education, academia, heritage, librarianship, local history, broadcasting and media, creative arts, culture, archives, museums and cultural bodies.

This MA also allows you to pursue further research primarily in Irish Folklore, Early and Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies through the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Science (CACSSS).

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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