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Irish Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that examines the variety and diversity of Irish history, society and cultural practice. It asks a series of questions about Ireland and Irishness, including how did the Irish come to be the way they are, and to what extent are they different from other nations? How has Irish identity changed over time? What are the causes for this process?

This MA introduces students to a wide range of sources and resources, issues and debates about the many-faceted experiences of the people who have lived in Ireland from the earliest times to the present. You will avail of UCD's unrivalled expertise in many fields related to Irish Studies. Being in Dublin naturally also provides students with easy access to many of Ireland's key cultural institutions and libraries.

Provides students with small group teaching and personalised supervision that students need at a graduate level

Pathway for further specialisation

Nationally and internationally unrivalled concentration of expertise

Who should Apply?

Entry requirements

-This programme is intended for applicants with a humanities and social sciences background.

-An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in a related area or a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience is required.

-Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes


Z195: 1 year full-time or Z196: 2 years part-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

Graduates of this MA are trained not only to acquire, manage and communicate detailed knowledge in a creative, productive and supportive environment, but also to compare and contrast differing sources of information derived from archival, printed, visual and electronic formats. The programme enables students to hone their skills in research, critical thinking, oral and written communication, and the use of relevant computer software packages, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. This degree is ideally suited to students seeking to deepen their knowledge of Irish Studies and to enhance their employment-relevant skills, while also providing a pathway for further specialisation in a relevant area or topic at doctoral level. Potential careers might include journalism, heritage and tourism, or academia.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Michael Wallace

Contact Number:+ 353 1 716 8105

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

People, Place and Identity IRST40060

Are the Irish Different? IRST40080

Thesis IRST40100

Stage 1 - Option

Georgian Dublin AH30540

Ireland & the US AMST30060

Irish Archaeolog. Landscapes ARCH40780

Celticity: Who are the Celts? CCIV30030

Kings & Heroes of Early Ireland CCIV30050

Introduction to Early Irish 1 CCIV30070

Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance DRAM40060

Irish Theatre ENG41610

Irish Poetry: Representing Self and Other ENG41630

Joyce, Ulysses ENG41640

Visualising Ireland: Negotiating Contemporary Irish Cinema


Historical Geography of Ireland in the Nineteenth Century EOG30020

Geography of the Growth and Development of Dublin GEOG30080

Gender, Sexuality and Family in Ireland, 1870s-1970s HIS31290

Irish Foreign Policy, 1919-73: A Place Among the Nations HIS31760

Ireland and the Crash of 2008: 'Why Did Nobody See This Coming?'


Irish for Beginners/Gaeilge do Thosaitheoirí IR10050

Teanga na Gaeilge 4 IR40030

An Nualitríocht: Gnéithe de litríocht na Gaeilge ó 1900 i leith


An Béal Beo IR40480

Intensive Irish Language III R40530

Intensive Irish Language IV IR40540

Music and Words: Identity in the Irish Context IRFL20070

Folklore and Folkloristics IRFL40120

The Life Cycle IRFL40160

The Narrative Art IRFL40170

Calendar Custom IRFL40180

Studies in Irish Music MUS20030

Music in Ireland MUS20610

Nationalism and Social Change SOC40620

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MA Irish Studies FT (Z195)

Duration 1 Years

Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

MA Irish Studies PT (Z196)

Duration 2 Years

Attendance Part Time

Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

MA Irish Studies (Z195) Full Time

EU fee per year - € 7315

nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Irish Studies (Z196) Part Time

EU fee per year - € 4390

nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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