The MA in Irish Literature and Culture offers a unique opportunity to follow a programme in the field of Irish cultural studies that is tailored to the student’s particular research interests. The MA in Irish Literature and Culture is a fully modular MA programme, offered in conjunction with the MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures, making it possible to select modules from both programmes. The MA in Irish Literature and Culture contains not only modules dealing with major figures in Irish literature (Joyce, Beckett, and Yeats); there are also modules exploring Irish visual culture (photography and film). This programme thus provides an opportunity to study Irish literature in its wider cultural context. In addition, it is possible for students interested in gender to take modules from across the suite of MA programmes to make up a programme with a concentration in this area; by the same token, a student with an interest in modernism might take modules from across both programmes to follow a specialism in that area. The MA in Irish Literature and Culture also contains modules in cultural theory, and research skills. Students spend the summer months writing a dissertation on a research topic of their choosing, under the mentorship of a faculty member.
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 8850
All students must take EN661 (Literary and Cultural Theory). Students may also take a full suite of Irish Studies modules: EN641, EN642, EN644, EN645 and EN646. Alternatively, a student may opt to replace one of the Irish Studies modules (EN641-6) with EN662 (dealing with gender theory), or with any of the modules from the MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures (EN651-5). A student may replace two modules in this manner with permission of the Department. Likewise, a student may be able to take a module offered by another Department, subject to availability. The total of all taught modules is 60 credits. All students write a dissertation (EN691), valued at 30 credits, dealing with a topic in the field of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies. Modules EN661 (Literary and Cultural Theory) and EN691 (Dissertation) are required for all students.
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.
EU Tuition Fee: €5,250; International Tuition Fee: €13,000
Recipient: Maynooth University
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