The Higher Diploma in English is a programme designed for applicants who already hold a BA in a cognate subject, or those who may already be teachers, or who wish to qualify as teachers in the future, and who would like to have the skills to teach English in Irish secondary schools.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
BA Honours degree or equivalent. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Applicants who wish to use this programme to enhance their range of teaching subjects are advised to contact the Teaching Council before applying to ensure recognition.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director Dr Emer Nolan
Tel: 01 708 3706
Address: Department of English,
Maynooth University, Maynooth,
Co. Kildare


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.

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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