The programme consists of four taught modules/courses, and a 15,000-word dissertation. Part-time students take one module per semester and full-time students, two modules per semester.
One of the modules in the first semester must be a research methods course. Some options may require that particular methods courses be taken or that the student have a particular academic background. The dissertation may be supervised by Institute staff or, subject to the agreement of the Head of School, by members of co-operating academic departments.
A wide variety of modules/courses is available, arranged in thematic and conceptual groups. Current subject areas include the following:
Community and Politics in Northern Ireland
Culture, Gender, Language and Power in Ireland
From Modern Irish Writing to the Study of Gaelic Languages
Historical, Sociological and Anthropological Approaches to Religion
Culture, Politics and Identity in Ireland, c. 1540–1972
Women in Modern Ireland, 1760-–960
Ireland and its Prehistory, Early Ireland and Heritage Studies
Ireland: Communities, Identities and Conflict
Ireland: Culture, Tradition and Heritage
Ireland: History and Politics
Ireland: Literature, Language and Art
Ireland: Peoples and Place
Ireland: Religion and Ritual
The Institute has strong links with universities in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. Academics and scholars regularly avail of the Institute's facilities to conduct research. American and Canadian universities with whom the Institute has special relationships regularly send postgraduate students and participate in its ongoing programme.
Opportunities for Careers
Students of the Institute of Irish Studies go on to make careers not only as scholars, but also in the media, in the heritage sector and in business