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Irish Studies

Irish Studies

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ , Credits 180 )
Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that examines the variety and diversity of Irish history, society, cultural practice and the complex processes through which Ireland and Irish identities have been constructed. It asks a series of provocative and stimulating questions about ideas of Ireland and Irishness, such as how can we understand the ways in which place, history, culture and society have shaped Ireland, past and present? How do processes of emigration and immigration impact on Irish culture, society and identity? What influence have identity categories such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class had on Irish culture, society and identities?
For more information regarding this course, please click School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore

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For EU students, please apply via MyUCD. The following entry route(s) are available:
Description ENTRY Duration Application Opening Date APPURL
Irish Studies(BAU5) - Undergraduate Degree (Non EU) Entry in
Full Time - 3 Year(s) Apply from -
Oct 2019
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Students take core Irish Studies modules alongside designated option modules from other Arts programme subject areas, including Archaeology, Art History, Celtic Civilization, English, Folklore, Geography, History, Irish, Music and Sociology.

Students attend lectures and tutorials and undertake independent study.

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment.
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Irish StudiesBAU5
A degree in Irish Folklore is of relevance to anyone interested in popular culture, tradition and society, and their interconnections. It provides an excellent basis for careers in:

  • Heritage related organisations
  • The media
  • Teaching
  • Areas related to Irish studies & ethnic studies.

    You can also pursue MLitt and PhD graduate studies in Irish Folklore in UCD, specialising in one of the many areas of the subject
  • There are opportunities for students to spend a year studying abroad while pursuing their BA in Irish Folklore. Possibilities for such study include Europe, Canada, the United States and Japan.