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Irish Literature & Culture

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Throughout its history, UCD has been deeply involved in the progress of Irish literary affairs. Our MA in Irish Literature and Culture is the longest-established MA in this subject the world over. It is rooted in a unique tradition which draws inspiration from the many internationally acclaimed Irish authors - many of whom were educated at UCD - including James Joyce, Roddy Doyle and Emma Donoghue.

The UCD School of English, Drama and Film is also world renowned for the quality of its research expertise and its teaching programmes in Irish writing. Its lecturers have research collaborations with colleagues in Irish studies in universities throughout North America, Brazil, China, Japan, Europe and Australia, linking this programme with a truly global network of research.

Who should Apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

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

This course is open to graduates with a background in English, Humanities, Social Sciences or cognate disciplines.

Programme Outcome

Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers.

Many of our alumni work in the cultural administration, education or technology sectors. Others are in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including government, the media, NGOs and the Arts, whilst some continue on to PhD research.


1 Year Full Time

Number of credits


Subjects taught

Core Modules include:

Joyce, Ulysses

Irish Poetry: Representing Self and Other

Irish Theatre and its European Connections

Theorising Irish Cultures

Tradition to the Contemporary

Literary Research Methods

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MA Irish Literature and Culture FT (Z349)

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

Course fee

MA Irish Literature and Culture (Z349) Full Time

EU fee per year - € 7315

nonEU fee per year - € 19900

***Fees are subject to change

For information on Funding and Scholarships see the School of English, Drama and Film website:

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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