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Irish Folklore

HDip 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.

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.


2 years part-time

Number of credits


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 consists 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

Material Culture

The Narrative Art

Healers and Healing

Social Life and Legend

Music and Words: Identity in the Irish Context

Calendar Custom

The Life Cycle

Hero Tales

Folk Religion and Belief

Seminars and Dissertation 2

Textual Analysis of the Irish Oral Tradition

Collectors of Song and Music

Seminars and Dissertation 1

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
HDip Irish Folklore PT (Z257)
2 Years

Part Time

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: 2019/2020 September

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