The MA in Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary
Offer students a range of modules that will allow them to pursue challenging cross-disciplinary themes
Explore the possibilities and tensions in inter-disciplinary work
Introduce students to conceptual tools allowing them to explore, critically, aspects of Irish Studies
Assist students in developing focused research and the skills necessary to write academic papers
The MA is arranged into a number of core and optional modules (courses).
All students take the following two core modules:
• 'Belfast: Place, Identity and Memory in a Contested City' - offering a unique introduction to Irish Studies through the study of Belfast - Ireland's second city and the capital of Northern Ireland its history, culture and society, and relationship to the rest of the island and the wider world
• 'Making Knowledge Work' - a faculty-wide module exploring research practice and ethics, and interdisciplinary themes such as heritage, visual cultures and religious dialogue
• Irish Studies Dissertation - a 15,000 word piece of original research supervised by a specialist member of staff
Students choose four optional modules, under guidance from the programme director, from a list of those relevant to Irish Studies from across the faculty, and at least one research methods module. These currently include:
• Irish Poetry (English - ENG7305)
• Topics in Irish History (History - MHY7081)
• The Politics of Northern Ireland (Politics - PAI7021)
• Government and Institutions of Northern Ireland (Politics - PAI7002)
• Politics of the Republic of Ireland (Politics - PAI7022)
• MA Specialisation - Anthropology of Ireland (Anthropology - ANT7053)
• Conflict & Change in Northern Ireland (Sociology - SOC9062) and University Research and Civil Society (SOC9069)
• Literary Research Methods (English - ENG7163)
• Public History Internship (with placement in a museum/heritage centre in Northern Ireland) (History - MHY7077)
• Working with Archives (History - MHY7025)
• Becoming an Historian (History - MHY7020)
• Approaches to Research Design (Politics - PAI7001)
• Approaches to Social Research (Sociology - SOC9012)
• Advanced Anthropological Methods (Anthropology - ANT7007)
• Research Methods in Critical and Creative Practice (Creative Arts)
We anticipate that a new optional module in Irish Folklore Studies will also be available for 2018 entry.
Modules from other programmes may be selected with the approval of the programme director.
Some options may require that particular methods courses be taken or the student to have a particular academic background. The dissertation may be supervised by Institute staff or, subject to the agreement of the Head of School, by members of co-operating academic departments.
For detailed programme information please see the Irish Studies Gateway section on the School website.