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Irish Folklore & Ethnology

The Graduate Diploma in Irish Folklore and Ethnology offers modules on a wide range of topics within the subject area, including research theories, the study of oral narrative, traditional music and song, fieldwork and archival methods, social tradition, popular belief systems, material culture, and Irish and European ethnology. It also offers students a choice of modules in subjects which are related to the study of Folklore and Ethnology, such as Modern Irish, Archaeology, Cultural Policy, Creative Writing, and Ethnomusicology.

The programme includes:
Training in original archival and fieldwork research and methods.

Access to the specialist library and archive holdings of the National Folklore Collection.

An opportunity for the student to pursue their research interests in the preparation and writing of a Diploma thesis on a subject of their choice, under the guidance of a member of the teaching staff in Irish Folklore

An opportunity for the student to engage in short-term work placement with 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

Part Time option suitable for:

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

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

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

This degree is aimed at students who want to explore Irish vernacular culture and popular tradition at graduate level, as part of their career development, as a pathway to further study, or for their own personal interest.

Entry requirements

In the normal course, entry requirements will consist of an undergraduate degree at honours level (NFQ Level 8) in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences. The School may also consider applicants with equivalent qualifications/professional experience.

Applicants are required to submit original academic transcripts.

Applicants are also required to submit two references, preferably both relating to academic performance.

For applicants with equivalent professional qualifications, applicants will be required to submit a focussed statement of 500 words stating why this particular programme is right for the candidate at this point in their career (to be part of the online application).

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit evidence of their language proficiency. Applicants will have reached an overall 7 in IELTS with no individual band lower than 6.5, or equivalent. The School is willing to consider applicants who achieve IELTS 6.5 if they attend a five-week pre-sessional language course offered by the UCD Applied Language Centre.

A basic reading knowledge of the Irish language is recommended for Graduate Diploma students. This can be acquired concurrently with the student's Graduate Diploma studies.

Duration

1 Year Full-Time (Z255) or 2 Years Part-Time (Z256).

Number of credits

60

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Given the nature and reach of the subject, graduates in Irish Folklore and Ethnology can be found across a broad range of occupations and organisations, including heritage institutions, tradition archives, museums and cultural bodies. Graduates have also found employment in teaching, research, the media and journalism. The Graduate Diploma in Irish Folklore and Ethnology can also act as a pathway to higher degrees in Irish Folklore, including the MA, involving in-depth research of a chosen topic and/or a period of work experience in a tradition archive or collection.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Michael Wallace
Contact Number: 01 716 8105

Subjects taught

Stage 1: Core
Advanced Research 1 IRFL40130
Advanced Research 2 IRFL40190

Stage 1: Option

Communicating Heritage ARCH40830
Practical Experimental Archaeology ARCH40850
Cultural Heritage ARCH40990
Museums & Heritage Policy CULP40290
Scéalta Fiannaíochta 1300 - 1900 IR40050
An Béal Beo IR40480
Healers and Healing IRFL20050
Social Life and Legend IRFL20060
Music and Words: Identity in the Irish Context IRFL20070
Folk Religion and Belief IRFL30060
Aspects of Ethnology IRFL40110
Folklore and Folkloristics IRFL40120
Interpreting the Oral Text IRFL40140
Folklore in Focus: themes and case studies IRFL40150
The Life Cycle IRFL40160
The Narrative Art IRFL40170
Calendar Custom IRFL40180
Collectors of Music & Song IRFL40200
Internship in Archival Methods IRFL40220

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Irish Folklore & Ethnology FT (Z255)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

Grad Dip Irish Folklore & Ethnology PT (Z256)
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

GradDip Irish Folklore & Ethnology (Z255) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 6105
nonEU fee per year - € 13270

GradDip Irish Folklore & Ethnology (Z256) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 3650
nonEU fee per year - € 6635

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Irish Folklore offers a number of scholarships for graduate students in the subject, including the Máire Mac Neill Scholarship, the Onfel and Isobel Thomas Scholarship (for students wishing to incorporate a course of study at a Scandinavian university as part of their MA studies), and the Dónall Ó Móráin Bursary (for students wishing to pursue their studies on an aspect of Folklore pertaining specifically to the Irish language). For further information please see http://www.ucd.ie/icsf/en/study/scholarshipsawards/ .

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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