Modern English Literature

Key Features
This online MA in English looks at 20th and 21st century texts in contemporary ways, and offers students a chance to engage with a research-active and highly published faculty. We limit numbers to make sure that students receive one-to-one attention, and we have two research methodology modules which offer a step-by-step approach to the 15,000 to 20,000 word research dissertation.

The aims of the programme are:
- To widen and deepen students' knowledge and appreciation of English literature and contemporary critical theory

- To familiarise students with traditional and modern technological sources for research in English literature

- To equip students with the knowledge and skills required for doctoral studies

- To familiarise students with the latest online technology as it pertains to the study of English

- To enhance students' career opportunities

All students are required to take six modules and submit a thesis.

Modules will be delivered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the academic year from 4-6.30 pm, with additional presentations and discussions recorded so that students can access them at their own time before the blended live classes. On campus events, such as research days, writing workshops, and postgraduate research colloquia will be available in hybrid formats for those unable to attend. Library and study spaces are available to all students.

Programme Content
Seminars, presentations, round-table discussions and individual question and answer sessions form the core of the instructional paradigm in the course. Blogs, vlogs, wikis and recorded presentations are also central. Seminars and discussions are undertaken through Microsoft Teams and the VLE. Assessments are by research essay, portfolio design, discussion forum, critical reading assignments and thesis.

The essays range from 2,000-3,000 words and each module is assessed by a single essay. The titles and topics of these essays are negotiated between the student and the course lecturer, with the parameters of choice being set by the lecturer. The other element of assessment is a 15,000-20,000-word research thesis. Students are free to choose their own topic and their supervisor without restriction.

The two research methodology modules are designed to steer the student through all stages of the thesis-writing process from the initial conceptualization, to the design of a research question, to working with a supervisor and setting up a coherent intellectual structure to the thesis, to working out a coherent critical and theoretical bibliography to the design and implementation of a timetable, to the submission and editing of drafts.

All modules are taught by faculty who have published in the area, and all faculty are research active in a number of areas across the MA so that research perspectives are contemporary and current.

Please note that thesis selection is mandatory in Semester 1, and work on the thesis begins at that stage.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
EH5712: Poetics and Politics of Irish Identity
EH5741: Modernism: Texts and Contexts
EH5771: Migration and Biopolitics in 21st Century Literature
EH5761: Research Methodology 1 Pass/Fail

Semester 2
EH5742: Modern American Literature
EH5792: World Literature
EH5732: Contemporary Postcolonial Literature and Theory
EH5782: Research Methodology 2 Pass/Fail

Entry requirements

2.2, 2:1 or 1st honours degree.

Applicants with work experience, or other suitable qualifications, may also be able to enter the course. Applicants may be required to attend for interview, in person or by Zoom/Teams.

English Language Requirements
Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.

Application dates

How to Apply
EU Applicants
Applications for the MA in Modern English Literature are now open.

To apply, please complete all the steps below:

1. Download and complete the application form from our website.
2. You will be required to send your university transcripts.
3. In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS (or equivalent) is required.
4. Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee here using Stripe, and return the completed application and transcripts by email: to

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 31st May 2024.

Non-EU Applicants
You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying:

Email: or Phone: +353 61 204988 /+353 61 774790.

Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. For information that is specific to your home country, click here.
Please complete your application through PAC website.
You will be required to upload your university transcripts.
In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IELTS is also required.
The application fee is €50 and is non-refundable.

Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution
The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

EU/Non-EU Status Assessments
The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and would qualify for EU fees, for example.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time. Delivery Mode: Taught.

Enrolment dates

Applications for the MA in Modern English Literature are now open.

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Career Opportunities
Potential career options include but are not limited to:

Teaching at primary and or post-primary level, entry to PhD programmes, Technical Writing, Journalism, Media work, Copyediting, Civil Service, Web editing, Academic Administration, Magazine Publishing (hard copies and online editions), Advertising and Marketing, Arts Administration, Library Administration, teaching English language and literature in other countries, Human Resources, Digital Copywriter, Lexicographer, Online Editor, Webmaster, Social Media Administrator/ Editor/ Manager, Research Administrator, Researcher, Information Officer, Instructional Design, Irish Heritage Studies, Genealogical Studies, Tourism, Public Relations, Commerce Journalist, Digital Education Coordinator, online and blended Learning Administrator/ Manager/ Content Provider, Digital Teacher, Digital Marketing, Corporate Blogger, Market Researcher, Policy Analyst, Search Engine Optimiser and Data Analysis.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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