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Irish Studies - Literature & History

Your course
This is an interdisciplinary programme, drawing on the disciplines of English, History, Irish, Sociology and Political Science, and is run within the Centre for Irish Studies. The programme focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries and provides a critical examination of key issues in the historical, cultural and social development of modern Ireland. The approach is interdisciplinary throughout, aiming to provide a comprehensive overview of the Irish experience from the early 19th century to the present day.

Field trips, guest seminars and workshops are scheduled throughout the academic year. Graduate Research Training is provided to support and direct the MA dissertation research.

The medium of instruction of the course is English, and Irish language material is studied both in its original and in translation. No previous knowledge of the Irish language is required for entry to this programme.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
QQI Level 8 degree at H2.2, GPA 3.0 or equivalent international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent if applicable.


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

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Recent graduates have found employment in teaching (primary and secondary), the arts, heritage and tourism sectors, journalism, publishing and the public service. A large proportion of graduates of the MA in Irish Studies have proceeded to doctoral research programmes in Ireland, Britain and North America.

Further enquiries

Dr Louis de Paor
T: +353 91 493 660

Dr Nessa Cronin
T: +353 91 492 893


1. The Centre for Irish Studies (unique in Ireland), which offers this MA, has established itself as one of the premier locations worldwide for interdisciplinary research and advanced teaching on the cultural, social and political endeavours of Irish people, in Ireland and beyond.

2. This interdisciplinary programme of learning explores key aspects of the Irish experience in its historical and contemporary settings.

3. As well as the Irish-language module on campus, students will receive further instruction in the Connemara Gaeltacht, attending two intensive Irish language weekend courses there.

Application date

1MLH1, full-time; 1MHL2, part-time.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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