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Irish Folklore

HDip Irish Folklore

Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 60)
The HDip in Irish Folklore should provide students with the requisite skills, knowledge and experience to enable them to formulate and complete their own research projects in the field of folklore studies Designed for students and scholars without any previous background in general folkloristics or comparative ethnology

Training in original archival and fieldwork research and methods.

Access to the specialist library and archive holdings of the UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore and the National Folklore Collection

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The programme is designed for students and scholars without any previous background in general folkloristics or comparative ethnology, with the aim of providing them with a broad knowledge of the essentials of these subjects. The course is suitable as a conversion course which could provide a pathway to higher degrees in Irish Folklore.

Entry requirements

If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.

Higher Diploma in Irish Folklore

You will need:

A primary degree at third level and a complete transcript of academic history including grades for each subject taken.

Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.
Other documentation as required by the University.

A basic reading knowledge of the Irish language is also required for this programme. This may be acquired concurrently with the student’s Higher Diploma studies.

Number of credits

60

Careers or further progression

The course can provide a pathway to higher degrees in Folklore. Graduates can be found across a range of occupations, including teaching, research, museums and other heritage institutions, the media and journalism.

Further enquiries

Contact Name:
Michael Wallace
Contact Number:+353(0)1 716 8105

Subjects taught

The programme cosists of 8 taught modules, two of which incorporate a series of research seminars as well as training and supervision towards an end-of-year dissertation. All students will be required to engage in original research as part of their work toward their dissertation.

Stage 1 - Core

The Study of Folklore: Origins and Development IRFL20010

Material Culture IRFL20020

The Narrative Art IRFL20030

The Life Cycle IRFL30030

Seminars and Dissertation 2 IRFL30070

Seminars and Dissertation 1 IRFL40020

Stage 1 - Option

Healers and Healing IRFL20050

Social Life and Legend IRFL20060

Music and Words: Identity in the Irish Context IRFL20070

Calendar Custom IRFL30020

Hero Tales IRFL30040

Folk Religion and Belief IRFL30060

Textual Analysis of the Irish Oral Tradition IRFL30080

Collectors of Song and Music IRFL30090

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

HDip Irish Folklore FT (Z086)
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

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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

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