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Modern English Literature

Programme Overview
Run by the English Department in Mary Immaculate College since 2002, this highly-successful and popular one-year taught Master of Arts programme in Modern English Literature has graduated over 146 students and 97% of these students have graduated with an honours MA degree.

Key Features
The aims of the programme are:
•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

Numbers each year are capped at 10 so that individual attention is guaranteed. All students are required to take six modules and submit a thesis. Part-time students may also be admitted but in their case completion of the programme will take two years.

Entry requirements

•2:1 or First class honours degree

Applicants with work experience, or other suitable qualifications, may be able to enter the course. Applicants may be required to attend for interview. A minor thesis proposal should be submitted with the application.

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.


1 year full-time/2 years part-time.

Modules will be delivered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the academic year from 4-6pm.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator & Head of the Department of English Language and Literature, MIC
Dr Eugene O'Brien
tel: +353 61 204989

Arts Office
tel: +353 61 204525

Subjects taught

Seminars, presentations, round-table discussions and individual question and answer sessions form the core of the instructional paradigm in the course. Assessments are by research essay and thesis.

The essays range from 2,000-2,500 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.

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

Semester 1
Modernism Texts and Contexts
Postcolonial Literature and Theory
The Value of Literary and Cultural Theory
Research Methodology 1

Semester 2
Poetics and Politics of Irish Identity
Modern American Literature
World Literature
Research Methodology 2


Application date

Closing Date for Applications: 28 June 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

How To Apply
Download and complete the application form from "Application Weblink" below.

•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.

Pay the application fee* and return the application form by email to: or by post to: Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland, V94 VN26.

*Pay your application fee (EU: €33; non-EU: €55) using Realex System. Please note down the payment reference number, make a screenshot or print a copy for your own records.

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