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Medieval English Literature & Culture

MA Medieval English Literature & Culture
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MA programme will enhance your understanding of Medieval English, Literature and Culture. It will also equip you with transferrable analytical skills that are valued by any professional field. Opportunity to concentrate your studies on Old and Middle English Language and Literature.

- Expert skills in palaeography and editing are taught as an integral part of the course.

- Excellent manuscript, book and electronic resources available in UCD and surrounding Dublin libraries.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:1 in their undergraduate degree, or a GPA of 3.2 or higher, in English or in a cognate discipline.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The MA enhances a student's cultural fluency and extends their adaptability to and eligibility for the general jobs market. It also provides a sound basis for further study at PhD level; develops the transferable qualities of critical independence and originality, analytical and close reading skills; introduces students to the challenges of editing; and will be of interest to those working in book conservation, as a librarian, or in the cultural heritage industry.

Related Programmes
MA Medieval English Literature & Culture FT
MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Hilary Gow
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8480

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Literary Research Methods
Hands, Quills, Pens
Medieval Literature Dissertation

Stage 1 - Option
Introduction to Early Irish I
Introduction to Early Irish II
Old English A(i): Unlocking the Word Hoard
Old English B(i): Battling with Belief: The Soldiers, Saints & Scholars of Anglo-Saxon England
Old English A(ii): Unlocking the Word Hoard
Old English B(ii): Battling with Belief:The Soldiers, Saints & Scholars of Anglo-Saxon England
Poetry, Piety and Patronage in the Renaissance
Chaucer and the Fourteenth Century
Queer Frictions: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Literature & Culture
Approaches to the Middle Ages
Approaches to the MiddleAges II
Introduction to Irish Cultural Studies


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This MA programme is suitable for anyone proposing to pursue an academic career, for anyone interested in a career in the heritage industry, and for anyone returning to education whether for professional purposes or for the pure pleasure of learning more about the medieval period (with options in the Renaissance).

Enrolment and start dates

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

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