Full time & Part time September MA Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
History & Archaeology (19)

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Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Irish culture with the MA in Irish Folklore & Ethnology. This unique programme delves deep into the oral traditions and folklore that define Ireland's heritage, offering modules on storytelling, traditional music, fieldwork methods, and more. Students have the opportunity to complete a Master's thesis or gain hands-on experience through internships at prestigious cultural institutions like the National Folklore Collection. Graduates find diverse career paths in heritage, museums, education, research, and media. The programme's core modules provide a solid foundation in Folkloristics and Folklore Studies, while elective modules cover topics such as cultural policy and heritage interpretation. A standout feature is the unrivalled access to the Irish National Folklore Collection, enriching students' research and studies. To apply, a 2.1 undergraduate degree in Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences is required, along with a passion for Irish vernacular culture. Join us to explore and preserve Ireland's captivating traditions.

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Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA Irish Folklore and Ethnology is a recently established programme which offers students the chance to acquire in-depth knowledge of a unique and vibrant aspect of Irish culture – that of oral tradition and folklore, representing the history and heritage of Ireland at vernacular level. Modules are available on a wide range of topics, including research theories, the study of oral narrative (storytelling), traditional music and song, fieldwork and archival methods, social tradition, popular belief systems, material culture, folk medicine, and Irish and European ethnology. The programme also offers students the opportunity to complete a Masters thesis or, for a limited number of students and where suitable work is available, the possibility of an internship in a related cultural body such as the National Folklore Collection or the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

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Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences with a minimum 2.1 or an equivalent.

Applicants are required to submit original academic transcripts and two references, preferably both relating to academic performance.

For applicants with equivalent professional qualifications, applicants will be required to submit a focussed statement of 500 words stating why this particular programme is right for the candidate at this point in their career (to be part of the online application).

A basic reading knowledge of the Irish language is recommended for MA students. This can be acquired concurrently with the student’s MA studies.




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