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Irish Folklore

Irish Folklore

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ , Credits 180 )
The study of folklore looks at the role of tradition in popular culture, in the past and in the present. We inherit folklore from our own community and almost everyone possesses folklore of some kind, whether in the form of a proverb, a story, a piece of music or a game. Customs associated with particular times of the year, or important occasions in people’s lives, are part of folklore, as are aspects of material culture such as vernacular architecture. The study of folklore looks at the nature of popular tradition and the way in which it is transmitted, usually outside of official channels and often across vast distances of time and space. The UCD course investigates Irish folklore as a local expression of international cultural phenomena, making the subject particularly suitable for international students.
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 Folklore(BAU5) - Undergraduate Degree (Non EU) Entry in
Full Time - 3 Year(s) Apply from -
Oct 2019
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Irish Folklore is taught in lectures, with additional tutorials in several modules.

Assessment in all modules involves a combination of semester assignment work and an end-of-semester exam.
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Irish FolkloreBAU5
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.