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Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

About the course

Irish Studies is a broad field of area studies utilising a range of disciplines to explore holistically the history, culture and society of the island of Ireland and its global relationships. 

The modules available reflect the range of Irish Studies expertise across the university, and are designed to enable students to undertake research across a wide range of themes in and approaches to Irish Studies, to obtain research methods training in one or more disciplines, and to prepare to write a major dissertation in their chosen field of specialisation.

The aims of the programme are:

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Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject with evidence of study of Ireland, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant subject with evidence of study of Ireland or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, who can also demonstrate relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants may be required to submit a piece of written work in support of their application.


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Erin Hinson
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Erin Hinson comes from Colorado Springs, CO, USA. She arrived in Belfast in 2011 to take our MA in Irish Studies, after completing her BA at the University of Pittsburgh, PA.

She enjoyed Queen's so much she decided to return for a PhD in Irish Studies in 2013, completing in 2016 with a dissertation on 'Compounding identities: the production of artefacts within the UVF/RHC prison experience' - which was supervised by Dr Dominic Bryan and looked at art and handicrafts produced by paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland between the 1970s and 1990s.

Erin says:

“When I chose to pursue an MA in Irish Studies at QUB, I felt the interdisciplinary focus of the program would best suit my interests in history, anthropology, politics, and art. I chose to study at the Institute because of its reputation as a leading research centre in the UK.

What made the experience most valuable was the incredible support from the staff and faculty at the Institute, who have helped me throughout my time at Queens. As a part of the Institute of Irish Studies I have developed wonderful relationships with a great cohort of past and present students, lecturers, and research fellows. This supportive and engaging environment is the main reason I returned to QUB and the Institute to undertake a doctoral degree.”

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