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Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama

The longest established MA of its kind in the world, UCD's MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama covers the rich and diverse traditions of Irish writing in English, from writers Joyce, Yeats, Beckett to Tóibín, Meehan, Enright and Donoghue.

-Core and optional modules, covering Irish writing from the nineteenth century to contemporary Irish poetry, fiction and drama.

-A workshop led by the School's creative writer in-residence.

-Opportunity to work one-on-one with a School academic on a directed MA dissertation.

-Interaction with Dublin's exceptionally rich literary and cultural environment.

Who should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The MA in Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama is suitable for arts graduates who have an interest in Irish writing in English and who wish to pursue this interest at postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree in English or in another cognate subject (NFQ Level 8) with a 2.1 classification (Second Class Honours, Grade One) or equivalent* is normally required.

A sample of written work of c.3000 words and two academic references are also required.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

*equivalencies will vary depending on grade scale of award presented but will generally require a grade average of B or a GPA no less than 3.08; However, all applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and in certain exceptional cases an award at a lower level or a 2.2 classification may be considered.


1 year full-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Graduates of the course now teach and research in the field in universities and schools on all five continents.
Other graduates have fulfilling careers in the area of theatre, publishing, government, libraries, archives, cultural heritage, journalism, public relations and creative industries.

Further enquiries

Tel: +353 (0)1 716 8480

Subjects taught

Stage 1 Option
Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama Dissertation

The Tradition and the Contemporary

Irish Theatre

Theorising Irish Cultures

Irish Poetry: Representing Self and Other

Joyce, Ulysses

Introduction to Literary Research Methods 1

Introduction to Literary Research Methods 2


The course deals with the genres of poetry, drama, novel and short story, with special focus on major texts by Yeats, Joyce, Beckett and with special-subject dissertation on a topic selected by the student in consultation with a supervisor.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MA Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama FT (Z011)

Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

MA Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama (Z011) Full Time
EU fee per year - €7055
nonEU fee per year - €19200

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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