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Texts Technologies & Transitions

Your course
This new MA breaks down traditional boundaries between late medieval, early modern and eighteenth-century studies. Students in this programme explore the social lives of texts, as well as the technologies that have shaped literature through time. Designed for graduates from across the arts, humanities and social sciences and based in the English Discipline, this programme combines a strong focus on literary history with a commitment to multidisciplinary enquiry. NUI Galway is currently the most exciting place in Ireland to study Texts, Technologies and Transitions, 1350–1800. Our numerous members of staff working in this area have strengths in the growing fields of book history, textual studies and digital humanities.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
BA in an arts, humanities or social sciences discipline with a minimum result of H2.2 or an equivalent international qualification (e.g., BA with minimum GPA of 3.0 for North American applicants).


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

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates of programmes like ours have often chosen to go on to teaching, writing, editing, publishing, broadcasting or further academic research (e.g. PhDs). While these remain common career paths, the excellent oral and written communication skills, the advanced research skills and the critical thinking skills that an English MA cultivates are highly valued by employers in both the public and private sectors, and a qualification like this might alternatively lead you to a future career in marketing, sales, arts administration, IT, public relations or human resources.

Further enquiries

Dr Lindsay Reid
T: +353 91 492 565


1. This MA is unique in Ireland. It will particularly suit students who wish to learn more about—and become involved in—cutting-edge, contemporary research in the humanities, such as these NUI-Galway-hosted projects:

2. The prestigious, European Research Council-funded project, ‘The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550–1700’.

3. The travel writings of Richard Hakluyt ( project.

Application date

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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