Institution / Mary Immaculate College
City scape

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

English Taught MA Module Codes:

Semester 1

EH5741 Modernism Texts and Contexts
EH5732 Postcolonial Literature and Theory
EH5721 The Value of Literary and Cultural Theory

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 for 2017 are currently being accepted.

If you are thinking about applying to a postgraduate research programme at MIC, please email and a member of the Research and Graduate School will get back to you. If you are interested in a taught Master’s programme, please contact the relevant Course Coordinator.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!