Early Irish Studies

The MA in Medieval Irish will broaden and deepen students' knowledge of early Irish literature, language and culture, and will endow them with research skills for PhD research. Academics in the department are recognised experts in a range of subjects from historical linguistics to religious literature and from archaeology to gender studies in Ireland and the Celtic World.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 in Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies Bachelor of Arts degree or an equivalent qualification and an interview is required. For non-EU students, IELTS level 6.5 English language ability is also required.


MHX52 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Our students not only benefit from the intrinsic interest of learning about Celtic societies, but also develop important transferable skills through the analysis of primary sources, the writing of essays and the study of language which are applicable to many careers. Graduates have moved into PhD research, adult education and employment in the heritage and culture sector.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director
Prof David Stifter
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3710
Address: Department of Early Irish,
School of Celtic Studies,
Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include the study of medieval Irish sagas and mythology, the learned literature of medieval Ireland, Old Irish language, and palaeography and manuscript culture.


School of Celtic Studies
Early Irish/Roinn na Sean-Ghaeilge
The Department of Early Irish/Roinn na Sean-Ghaeilge at Maynooth is a leading centre for the study of Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies, engaging in teaching and research in the literature, language, history and culture of medieval Ireland and of the related Celtic-speaking world.Prof. David Stifter is a 2015 recipient of a European Research Council research award and a leading expert in Celtic historical linguistics. He was the editor of an interactive dictionary of Lepontic and Cisalpine Gaulish, Celtic languages spoken in ancient northern Italy. He has also co-edited several books on Celtic and Indo-European linguistics, among them the four-volume collection. Dr. Elizabeth Boyle is a leading international scholar in the religious and intellectual culture of medieval Ireland and Britain.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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