MA Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The longest established MA of its kind in the world, UCD’s MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama covers the rich and diverse traditions of Irish writing in English, from writers Joyce, Yeats, Beckett to Tóibín, Meehan, Enright and Donoghue.

 

  • Core and optional modules, covering Irish writing from the nineteenth century to contemporary Irish poetry, fiction and drama.

  • A workshop led by the School’s creative writer in-residence.

  • Opportunity to work one-on-one with a School academic on a directed MA dissertation.

  • Interaction with Dublin’s exceptionally rich literary and cultural environment.

Careers & Employability

Graduates of the course now teach and research in the field in universities and schools on all five continents.
Other graduates have fulfilling careers in the area of theatre, publishing, government, libraries, archives, cultural heritage, journalism, public relations and creative industries.

Full Time option suitable for:

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

The MA in Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama is suitable for arts graduates who have an interest in Irish writing in English and who wish to pursue this interest at postgraduate level.

The MA programme in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama is designed for graduates (national and international) who wish to study the distinctive tradition of Irish writing in English in its range and diversity, extending over centuries of dynamic and renowned literary representation towards the vitality of Irish literature emerging today.

Founded in 1968, this Masters programme is the longest-established MA in this subject anywhere in the world and draws inspiration from the many internationally acclaimed writers who were educated or have taught at UCD, from James Joyce to Emma Donoghue. Its graduates teach Anglo-Irish literature in universities and colleges on all five continents and work in cultural, artistic and publishing sectors nationally and internationally. Connections with and between alumni is an important value of the course, evident in the number of bursaries currently funded by alumni for students in the programme.

The programme’s learning environment comprises small-group seminars and one-to-one thesis supervision. One of the traditional strengths of the course has been the diversity of backgrounds from which students come and the rich variety of intellectual traditions on which they can draw. Class work by students involves discovering, comparing, contrasting and developing positions on issues that arise in the seminar course. This happens through open-ended exploratory engagement with texts and contexts in debate with fellow students and seminar leader.

Teaching, learning and assessment actively support student’s completion of diverse forms of assignment, both shorter essays and a minor thesis (15,000 words).  An engagement with contemporary Irish writers is actively encouraged through seminars conducted by the UCD Arts Council annual writer in residence and through student participation in cultural events throughout the city. Links between the MA programme and Dublin’s designated status as UNESCO City of Literature will be further consolidated with the opening of the Ulysses Centre for Irish Writing at Newman House (2018).

  • On completion of the MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama students should be: Sophisticated critical readers, able to analyse a text closely, identify its appropriate thematic, critical, historic and cultural contexts and evaluate it in the light of current critical debates;
  • knowledgeable about the diversity and range of Irish literary production, with an ability to connect ideas, forms and genres across periods, cultures and modes;
  • confident and informed in their own critical judgements, strengthened by appropriate academic and theoretical skills, capable of formulating ideas and expressing critical judgement clearly and effectively in both oral and written forms;
  • innovative, independent thinkers who are creative in their approach and response to complex issues, with the capacity to transfer skills and ideas from one intellectual sphere to another;
  • inquiring scholars and effective researchers, skilled in literary research methods and able to locate advanced sources of information for postgraduate study (including online resources, databases, digital tools);
  • effective planners, able to negotiate commitments ranging from short assignments to a minor thesis;
  • able to articulate the value and radical transformative potential of literature and literary studies, and become an enthusiastic advocate for the status of Irish writing in wider society both nationally and internationally;
  • able to link Irish literary production to larger cultural flourishing in a variety of contexts, ranging from politics to education, social and cultural policy, the health services, etc;
  • inspired to engage in, and capable of productive contribution to, debates concerning the role of the arts in Ireland.
  • On completion of the MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama students should be: Sophisticated critical readers, able to analyse a text closely, identify its appropriate thematic, critical, historic and cultural contexts and evaluate it in the light of current critical debates;
  • able to articulate the value and radical transformative potential of literature and literary studies, and become an enthusiastic advocate for the status of Irish writing in wider society both nationally and internationally;
  • able to link Irish literary production to larger cultural flourishing in a variety of contexts, ranging from politics to education, social and cultural policy, the health services, etc;
  • confident and informed in their own critical judgements, strengthened by appropriate academic and theoretical skills, capable of formulating ideas and expressing critical judgement clearly and effectively in both oral and written forms;
  • effective planners, able to negotiate commitments ranging from short assignments to a minor thesis;
  • innovative, independent thinkers who are creative in their approach and response to complex issues, with the capacity to transfer skills and ideas from one intellectual sphere to another;
  • inquiring scholars and effective researchers, skilled in literary research methods and able to locate advanced sources of information for postgraduate study (including online resources, databases, digital tools);
  • inspired to engage in, and capable of productive contribution to, debates concerning the role of the arts in Ireland.
  • knowledgeable about the diversity and range of Irish literary production, with an ability to connect ideas, forms and genres across periods, cultures and modes;

MA Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama (Z011) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7055
nonEU    fee per year - € 19200

***Fees are subject to change
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.

An honours undergraduate degree in English or in another cognate subject (NFQ Level 8) with a 2.1 classification (Second Class Honours, Grade One) or equivalent* is normally required.

A sample of written work of c.3000 words and two academic references are also required.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent. 

Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information: https://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/int%20pmp/

*equivalencies will vary depending on grade scale of award presented but will generally require a grade average of B or a GPA no less than 3.08; However, all applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and in certain exceptional cases an award at a lower level or a 2.2 classification may be considered

Graduate Profile
Ruth Corinne Owens, USA,

MA Student
The year I’ve spent in the MA for Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama has been an incredible experience. From the fellow students in my programme to the faculty that leads it, the MA has allowed me to engage in a deep level of scholarship in an environment where I could build a home away from home. Through my university connections, I have also been lucky enough to serve on the steering committee for the Irish PEN and assist in managing the Maeve Binchy Travel Award. Moreover, I now have the confidence necessary to pursue a PhD with the conviction that this year has left me all the more prepared to do so.

The following entry routes are available: