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Irish Folklore

Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 60)

The Higher Diploma 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. It is possible to complete the Higher Diploma over 2 years on a part-time basis.

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?

Part 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.

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Duration

2 years part-time

Number of credits

60

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
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: 01 716 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 - Option

The Study of Folklore: Origins and Development IRFL20010
Material Culture IRFL20020
The Narrative Art RFL20030
Healers and Healing IRFL20050
Social Life and Legend RFL20060
Music and Words: Identity in the Irish Context IRFL20070
Calendar Custom IRFL30020
The Life Cycle IRFL30030
Folk Religion and Belief IRFL30060
Seminars and Dissertation 2 IRFL30070
Textual Analysis of the Irish Oral Tradition IRFL30080
Collectors of Song and Music IRFL30090
Seminars and Dissertation 1 IRFL40020

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

HDip Irish Folklore PT (Z257)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *
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* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

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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