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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 upper second class honours degree 2H1 or an equivalent UCD GPA of 3.2 NFQ Level 8 in literature is required.

Candidates whose first language is not English are also required to submit evidence of their English Language Proficiency. It is expected that applicants will normally have reached an overall 6.5 in IELTS with no individual band lower than 6.0, or equivalent.


1 year full-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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

Hilary Gow
Tel: +353 (0)1 716 8480

Subjects taught

Stage 1 Core

Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama Dissertation ENG40040
Literary Research Methods ENG40760
The Tradition and the Contemporary ENG41590
Irish Theatre ENG41610
Theorising Irish Cultures ENG41620
Irish Poetry: Representing Self and Other ENG41630
Joyce, Ulysses ENG41640


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)

Duration 1 Years

Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017.

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

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