Irish Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that examines the variety and diversity of Irish history, society and cultural practice. It asks a series of questions about Ireland and Irishness, including how did the Irish come to be the way they are, and to what extent are they different from other nations? How has Irish identity changed over time? What are the causes for this process?

This MA introduces students to a wide range of sources and resources, issues and debates about the many-faceted experiences of the people who have lived in Ireland from the earliest times to the present. You will avail of UCD's unrivalled expertise in many fields related to Irish Studies. Being in Dublin naturally also provides students with easy access to many of Ireland's key cultural institutions and libraries.

Provides students with small group teaching and personalised supervision that students need at a graduate level

Pathway for further specialisation

Nationally and internationally unrivalled concentration of expertise

Who should Apply?

Entry requirements

-This programme is intended for applicants with a humanities and social sciences background.

-An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in a related area or a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience is required.

-Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

People, Place and Identity IRST40060
Are the Irish Different? IRST40080
Thesis IRST40100

Stage 1 - Option

Georgian Dublin AH30540
Ireland & the US AMST30060
Irish Archaeolog. Landscapes ARCH40780
Celticity: Who are the Celts? CCIV30030
Kings & Heroes of Early Ireland CCIV30050
Introduction to Early Irish 1 CCIV30070
Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance DRAM40060
Irish Theatre ENG41610
Irish Poetry: Representing Self and Other ENG41630
Joyce, Ulysses ENG41640
Visualising Ireland: Negotiating Contemporary Irish Cinema
Historical Geography of Ireland in the Nineteenth Century EOG30020
Geography of the Growth and Development of Dublin GEOG30080
Gender, Sexuality and Family in Ireland, 1870s-1970s HIS31290
Irish Foreign Policy, 1919-73: A Place Among the Nations HIS31760
Ireland and the Crash of 2008: 'Why Did Nobody See This Coming?'
Irish for Beginners/Gaeilge do Thosaitheoirí IR10050
Teanga na Gaeilge 4 IR40030
An Nualitríocht: Gnéithe de litríocht na Gaeilge ó 1900 i leith
An Béal Beo IR40480
Intensive Irish Language III R40530
Intensive Irish Language IV IR40540
Music and Words: Identity in the Irish Context IRFL20070
Folklore and Folkloristics IRFL40120
The Life Cycle IRFL40160
The Narrative Art IRFL40170
Calendar Custom IRFL40180
Studies in Irish Music MUS20030
Music in Ireland MUS20610
Nationalism and Social Change SOC40620




Z195: 1 year full-time or Z196: 2 years part-time.


MA Irish Studies (Z195) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Irish Studies (Z196) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4390
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Graduates of this MA are trained not only to acquire, manage and communicate detailed knowledge in a creative, productive and supportive environment, but also to compare and contrast differing sources of information derived from archival, printed, visual and electronic formats. The programme enables students to hone their skills in research, critical thinking, oral and written communication, and the use of relevant computer software packages, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. This degree is ideally suited to students seeking to deepen their knowledge of Irish Studies and to enhance their employment-relevant skills, while also providing a pathway for further specialisation in a relevant area or topic at doctoral level. Potential careers might include journalism, heritage and tourism, or academia.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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