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MA in Irish Studies

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  • Objectives
    The MA in Irish Studies is arranged into thematically focused groups of modules to include culture, art and literature, political identity, conflict, politics and human rights. The aims of the programme are as follows: • To provide students with the methods and knowledge to undertake research. • To offer students a range of modules that will allow them to pursue challenging cross-disciplinary themes. • To explore the possibilities and tensions in inter-disciplinary work. • To introduce the students to conceptual tools which allow them to explore, critically, aspects of Irish Studies. • To assist students in developing focused research and provide them with the skills necessary to write academic papers.
  • Entry requirements
    Entrance Requirements The normal entry requirement is a primary degree with high Honours (usually a 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject. For overseas students, a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.3, or higher, from an accredited institution is normally expected.
  • Academic Title
    MA in Irish Studies
  • Course description
    Course Content
    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

    Special Features
    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

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