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Irish Studies - Literature & Music

Your Course

This MA in Irish Studies (Literature and Music) offers an intensive academic curriculum in Irish Literature Studies and Irish Music Studies, focusing in particular on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Using a dynamic interdisciplinary approach, aspects of Irish historical experience and Irish identities are examined through critical reading of literature in Irish (studied in translation) and in English and through the prism of music, from traditional to popular.

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.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. The Centre for Irish Studies is 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. Irish Music Studies is central to teaching and research at the Centre for Irish Studies, an established Area of Excellence at NUI Galway, which is ranked among the world's top 2% of universities.

3. This MA programme draws on the achievements of outstanding scholars and a vibrant postgraduate research cluster in Irish Music Studies at NUI Galway.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

NFQ 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

Graduates of this programme may find employment in teaching (primary and secondary), the arts, heritage and tourism sectors, journalism, media, 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

Ms Samantha Williams

T: +353 91 492 051


Application date

1MLM1, full-time; 1MLM2, 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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