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Old & Middle Irish - Research

Course overview
The MLitt is a two-year, full-time (or four-year, part-time) postgraduate programme of research assessed by a major thesis of at least 40,000 words.

Staff in Old and Middle Irish and Celtic Studies have wide-ranging areas of interests, and welcome applications to undertake research in all of these.

Entry requirements

The usual minimum qualification is a primary degree in Irish, Celtic Studies, or similar, with a Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (or an equivalent international qualification).

Many successful applicants already hold a Master's degree.

Admission to the MLitt is at the discretion of the potential supervisor and the Head of Discipline. Initial enquiries should be made to the Head of Discipline.


GYB58 PhD (Old & Middle Irish) full-time
GYB59 PhD (Old & Middle Irish) part-time
GYB60 MLitt (Old & Middle Irish) full-time
GYB61 MLitt (Old & Middle Irish) part-time

Further enquiries

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha
T +353 91 493 010

Research areas

Areas of interest
Dr Clodagh Downey; Old and Middle Irish language; medieval Irish literature, including heroic, mythological and king-tales, and dinnsheanchas.

Dr Graham Isaac; Old and Middle Welsh poetry; comparative Celtic and Indo-European linguistics; ancient continental Celtic languages; general linguistics.

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha (Head of Discipline); Old and Middle Irish language; editing of prose and verse texts; literary history, including issues of genre, hybridisation, authorship, patronage and provenance; early medieval Irish history.

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