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Language & Literature

The English Department in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, has offered a highly-successful and popular one-year taught M.A. degree programme in Modern English Literature since September 2002. This programme is designed for full-time students and we normally accept ten students each year. The cap on numbers ensures close personal tuition. Part-time students may also be admitted but in their case completion of the programme will take two years.

Aims of the Programme
• To widen and deepen student's 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 enhance students' career opportunities

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours primary degree with English as a final year subject. Other suitably qualified candidates may also apply. Applicants may be required to attend for interview. A minor thesis proposal should be submitted with the application.


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Further enquiries

For further information about the course, please contact: Eugene O Brien. or Phone (061) 204989

Subjects taught


Semester 1

EH5741 Modernism Texts and Contexts

EH5732 Postcolonial Literature and Theory

EH5721 The Value of Literary and Cultural Theory

EH5792 World Literature

Semester 2

EH5712 Poetics and Politics of Irish Identity

EH5742 Modern American Fiction

EH5772 Analysing English in Context

EH5751 EH5752 Dissertation

Research Modules Pass/Fail

EH5761 – Research Methodology 1

EH5782 – Research Methodology 2

Structure of Taught MA in Language and Literature

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

Full-time students take three modules in each semester of a single academic year and must submit their thesis at the latest by July 17 of the academic year in which they took the six modules. Part-time students may not take more than two modules in any one semester. They must complete the required six modules in two academic years and submit a thesis at the latest by July 17 of the second academic year of registration.

Modules will be delivered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the academic year from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. in Mary Immaculate College.

Students must select a thesis topic as early as possible during Semester 2. The process of topic selection etc. must be completed by full- time students at the latest by the end of Week 2 in Semester 2. (Part-time students must have completed the process of topic selection etc. by the end of Week 2 in Semester 4)

Assessment method

50% of the student's cumulative Q.C.A. will be awarded for research essays in each one of the six taught modules of the programme (18 credits).

50% of the student's cumulative Q.C.A. will be awarded for the research thesis (18 credits). This thesis will be due at the end of July.

Application date

Applications are currently being accepted for the following programme.

Please note in cases where the quota of places is not filled by the application deadline, the College reserves the right to extend the deadline for the acceptance of applications. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st July 2018.

How to Apply

1.Download and complete the application form - click here The application form must also include your university transcripts.
In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.

2.Return the application form plus application fee* by email to: or by post to: Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland
Telephone: +353 61 204348

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