MA Irish Literature and Culture

Academic Year 2020/2021

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.

Curricular information is subject to change

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. 

    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.

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    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

    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:

    Patrick Kelleher
    MA 2017 

    This MA is an excellent course that allows students to delve into Ireland’s rich literary heritage and to explore the areas that they are most passionate about. I loved my time on this course, largely thanks to the wonderful teaching staff, who care passionately about each student’s progress as well as their own area of expertise. I regularly use the skills I learned through this course in my career as a freelance Journalist and I couldn’t recommend this course more highly.

    Situated in the heart of Dublin, students in UCD have access to the leading libraries and cultural archives of Ireland, including UCD’s own Special Collections, the National Library of Ireland, the Irish Film Archive, the Irish Theatre Institute, Royal Irish Academy, National Gallery of Ireland and Marsh’s Library.

    The following entry routes are available:

    MA Irish Literature and Culture FT (Z349)
    1 Years
    Full Time
    Rolling *

    * Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised