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Irish - Modern (Nua Ghaeilge)

The course includes modules on literature in Irish, Irish language and Irish manuscripts and palaeography. The development of the Irish language over time is also treated, as well as its appearance in the modern dialects, particularly those of Munster. An essential part of the course is the submission of a dissertation presenting research undertaken during the year. All teaching is conducted through Irish.

Entry requirements

You must have an honours BA degree with at least a 2.1 in the subject Irish.

In order to be admitted to the MA in Modern Irish an applicant must have at least an upper Second Class Honours in the subject Irish in the BA examination, or an equivalent qualification. All suitably qualified applicants will be required to attend for interview.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

The part-time option will be taught during evening hours over 2 year.

Careers or further progression

This course hones your editorial and critical (textual and literary) skills so you will be well placed, on completion of the course, to pursue independent research work in whatever area of Irish you chose, or to apply the skills acquired to non-academic contexts such as media or business.

Placement and Study Abroad Information
Graduates of the MA in Modern Irish have gone on to complete further research and to partake in the many and varied opportunities available nowadays to young scholars in Irish.

A recent example is that of the young scholar Mícheál Ó Drisleáin, named in 2011 at the PPI Media Awards as the Newcomer of the Year. In addition to pursuing a career in broadcasting, Mícheál is currently on the point of completing his PhD with the department based on an archive of sound-recordings made in the 1960s and 1970s.

Further enquiries

Siobhán Ní Dhonghaile
Senior Executive Assistant
T: +353 (0)21 490 2607

Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin
P: + 353 21 490 2340

Subjects taught

The course comprises instruction in aspects of Irish language and literature from the late Middle Ages to modern times, from court poetry to the poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. It also includes a mandatory module in academic writing. The expected outcome of these modules is that you will have a knowledge of Irish language and literature that is both broad-ranging and detailed, together with a special competency in communicating scholarship and learning in a concise and attractive style.


GA6001 Scríobh acadúil na Gaeilge (éigeantach)

GA6002 Beirt bhanfhile: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill agus Biddy Jenkinson

GA6003 Filíocht na Scol, 1200-1650

GA6004 Stair Fhoclóireacht na Gaeilge

GA6005 Filíocht Mhúscraí ón 18ú hAois anuas

GA6006 Saothar Mháirtín Uí Chadhain

GA6007 Filíocht Uí Bhruadair

GA6008 Léamh lámhscríbhinní agus tosach staidéir ar théacsaí a chur in eagar

GA6009 Miontráchtas MA

GA6011 Scríbhinní Amhlaoibh Uí Shúilleabháin


Unique Aspects of the Course
This course offers you an opportunity to gain an unrivalled combination of skills through exposure to primary sources and published texts of literary, linguistic and historic interest. The course offers unique access to special collections (digital and actual) of Irish language materials. It also combines the teaching skills and experience of some of the leading experts in palaeography, late medieval Irish literature, linguistics, and modern Irish literature. The Modern Irish Department at UCC is widely recognised as being at the forefront of Irish scholarship and our teaching staff have published in excess of 200 books, monographs and articles in the area.

Assessment method

Assessment will be based on in-class exams, class essays and the submission of a dissertation.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €6,000 Full-time; €3,000 per year Part-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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