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MA Early Irish Studies


Course Description

This MA enables students to explore and examine the rich tradition of early Irish literature and intellectual culture, from the early medieval period and the advent of Christianity until the coming of the Normans at the end of the 12th century. It also enables students to deepen their acquaintance with the language of the period, and to endow them with a set of research skills appropriate to work in this field.
This programme comprises two parts: taught modules (compulsory and elective modules) [60 credits] and a minor thesis [30 credits] [90 credits in total].

The compulsory taught modules focus on medieval Irish literature (20 credits), palaeography and manuscript studies (10 credits), and general research skills and methodology (10 credits).
The choice of the elective modules depends on the students’ level of knowledge of the Old Irish language. Students with a previous knowledge of Old Irish will do Old Irish reading modules that focus on the philology, translation and analysis of Early Irish literature (20 credits). Students with no or insufficient previous knowledge of the language will be required to attend a suite of intensive introductory language modules (20 credits).
Successful completion of the Masters programme will equip the student for library work, various types of adult education, and employment in the heritage and related industries. Successful completion of the programme at a high level, with an appropriate degree of competence of Old and Middle Irish, will normally equip students to proceed to study for a PhD, a necessary qualification for an academic career.

The minor thesis amounts to approximately 15,000 words (30 credits) on a topic approved by the Head of Department, under the supervision of a designated supervisor. The topic is agreed by the end of the first semester, and the work is begun during the period between the first and the second semester. The thesis is submitted by a specific date at the end of the academic year, typically either in July or October.

Visit the MA Early Irish Studies page on the Maynooth University website for more details!

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Maynooth University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Applicants must intend to pursue a full-time taught master’s degree at the university
commencing in the academic year 2017-18 and meet the following eligibility criteria:1. Satisfy the entry requirements of the Maynooth University taught masters
programme they intend to undertake in 2017-18 and have applied on http://www.pac.ie.2. All applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.1 honours undergraduate degree in
order to be considered for a Taught Master’s Scholarship.3. Applicants will be required to upload their undergraduate degree transcripts for
their level 8 undergraduate honours degree or equivalent to the online application
system before the closing date. Applicants graduating in 2017 who have not yet
received their final degree transcripts must upload their penultimate degree results
into the online application system. Once final degree results are available in June 2017,
these must be uploaded by 1st July 2017 to the http://www.pac.ie course application system
to receive final confirmation of the scholarship award.The competition is not open to those who have already commenced a taught master’s
programme.Research master’s programmes are not eligible for support under the scheme and
students interested in research programmes should apply instead for the Maynooth
University John and Pat Hume Doctoral Research Award:
http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/jphawards

Value of Scholarship(s)

2,000 euros

Eligibility

There are sixty €2,000 Taught Masters Scholarships open across all disciplines of the university on offer to both Maynooth University AND non-Maynooth University graduates. A 2.1 final result or equivalent is required. Conditional offers will be made from mid-May 2017 based on penultimate honours level 8 degree results from summer 2016 if not final results are available. Closing date 1st May 2017.

Application Procedure

Read the terms and conditions and applicant guide at:
http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships/taught-masters-scholarshipsApplications online: https://app.hobsons.co.uk/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=nuim

Further Information

http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships/taught-masters-scholarships


(Scholarship)

Maynooth University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Applicants must intend to pursue a full-time taught master’s degree at the university
commencing in the academic year 2017-18 and meet the following eligibility criteria:1. Satisfy the entry requirements of the Maynooth University taught masters
programme they intend to undertake in 2017-18 and have applied on http://www.pac.ie.2. All applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.1 honours undergraduate degree in
order to be considered for a Taught Master’s Scholarship.3. Applicants will be required to upload their undergraduate degree transcripts for
their level 8 undergraduate honours degree or equivalent to the online application
system before the closing date. Applicants graduating in 2017 who have not yet
received their final degree transcripts must upload their penultimate degree results
into the online application system. Once final degree results are available in June 2017,
these must be uploaded by 1st July 2017 to the http://www.pac.ie course application system
to receive final confirmation of the scholarship award.The competition is not open to those who have already commenced a taught master’s
programme.Research master’s programmes are not eligible for support under the scheme and
students interested in research programmes should apply instead for the Maynooth
University John and Pat Hume Doctoral Research Award:
http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/jphawards

Value of Scholarship(s)

2,000 euros

Eligibility

There are sixty €2,000 Taught Masters Scholarships open across all disciplines of the university on offer to both Maynooth University AND non-Maynooth University graduates. A 2.1 final result or equivalent is required. Conditional offers will be made from mid-May 2017 based on penultimate honours level 8 degree results from summer 2016 if not final results are available. Closing date 1st May 2017.

Application Procedure

Read the terms and conditions and applicant guide at:
http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships/taught-masters-scholarshipsApplications online: https://app.hobsons.co.uk/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=nuim

Further Information

http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships/taught-masters-scholarships



Entry Requirements

How to ApplyA 2.1 in Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies in the BA or an equivalent qualification.An interview will be part of the selection process.Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 885

Course Fees

Please contact [email protected] for information on fees


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