Institution / Maynooth University

Irish Literature & Culture

This is a fully modular MA programme, offered in conjunction with the MA in Postcolonial and World Literature, making it possible to select modules from both programmes. The programme offers modules dealing with major figures in Irish literature (Joyce, Beckett and Yeats) and modules exploring Irish visual culture (photography and film).

Entry requirements

BA degree with a minimum subject mark of 2.1 in English, or a cognate discipline. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates will enter the workforce with a rich and detailed understanding of Irish culture, advanced research skills, and highly developed communications ability.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Michael G Cronin
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3667
chool of English,
Media and Theatre Studies,
Iontas Building,
Maynooth University,
Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules may include Irish literary modernism, Irish Poetry since the 1960s, Orating the Nation: Ireland, Nationalism and Oratory, and Sexuality, History and Narrative Form in Twentieth Century Irish Writing.


English and Theatre Studies
The Department offers an immersive and rewarding educational experience, with a unique concentration at Maynooth of internationally recognised scholars. The Department of English offers the opportunity to study literature and culture in English from the Renaissance to the present and the supervision of research projects in Irish literature and culture, postcolonial studies, gender studies, world literature, and British literature with particular strengths in Shakespeare and in the eighteenth century.

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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