The MA in Irish Literature and Culture is designed to develop a strong scholarly appreciation of the texture and range of literary and cultural production in Ireland and to engage students in current theoretical developments in the area. The programme will encourage students to critically examine the changing landscape of Irish history and society as expressed through a variety of media, including literature, film and art. Students will be encouraged to immerse themselves in several of the different traditions and forms of writing and cultural production in Ireland, and to engage with a diversity of theoretical approaches. The programme builds on the considerable research interest of faculty in the areas of Irish literary and cultural studies; notably in modernism, twentieth-century and contemporary writing and film. The programme also draws on the department’s expertise in the areas of postcolonial, gender and sexuality studies as these relate to Irish culture.
Graduates from postgraduate programmes in English will enter the workforce with a rich and detailed understanding of Irish culture, advanced research skills, and highly developed communications ability. While many graduates from taught postgraduate programmes in English go on to undertake research degrees, with a view to careers in academia, it is equally possible to treat the MA as a final degree, with a view to working in cultural industries, or to enhancing a teaching career.
B.A. degree with a subject mark in English, or a cognate discipline, of 2.1 or higher, or international equivalent. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Recipient: Maynooth University
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