MA Scríobh & Cumarsáid na Gaeilge

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This course is designed for students of Irish language and literature and for those working in the Irish language sector. There is a focus on a high standard of language and transferable language skills. Students who complete this course graduate with a high standard of accuracy in Irish language, and an understanding of its role in Irish society and Europe. 
Work placements are a key part of this course, which also entails a research project with skills ranging from use of translation and media packages, to research skills, depending on the choices made by the student. Students will graduate with effective communication and analytical skills to prepare them for a variety of career paths including: careers in Education, Media, Translation, Public Service, Research, Editing and Publishing.

  • Students who complete this course graduate with a high standard of accuracy in Irish language, and an understanding of its role in Irish society and Europe. 
  • The student completes a thesis on any topic in modern Irish language or literature.  
  • Work placements are also part of this course which also entail a research project encompassing interdisciplinary skills ranging from use of translation and media packages, to research skills, depending on the choices made by the student.  

Careers & Employability

Since its inception many students from this programme have secured international scholarships, such as the Fulbright Award or the Ireland Canada University Foundation Scholarship, working annually in thirdlevel institutions in the US and Canada.
International opportunities can include posts in: translation, interpretation, copy-editing, administrative positions, lawyer linguist and publishing. 

National opportunities:

  • Publishing, terminology projects (Fiontar DCU, Foclóirí)
  • Media (print, radio television, online)
  • Teaching (second and third Level)
  • Research – particularly in the areas of media, revival, sociolinguistics, translation, terminology or literature for example
  • State and Semi-state bodies and funded organisations, such as Foras na Gaeilge, Conradh na Gaeilge and Eagrais Ghaelscolaíochta.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The MA: Scríobh agus Cumarsáid sa Nua-Ghaeilge is aimed at students with an academic background in Modern Irish or a cognate subject and at Irish language and Media professionals. Our aim is to promote and preserve the Irish language, its literature and culture, and to emphasise their importance for Irish society, especially in the context of the Irish language as a working language in the European Parliament and the Official Languages Act (2003). Central to the programme is the specific focus on contemporary research and on advanced language and professional skills such as translation, legal translation, media, editing and writing skills. 

We value autonomous and collaborative learning, providing a vibrant academic environment for the teaching and use of the Irish language, supported by our multi-media language learning centre and work placements in national and international organisations. All teaching and communication is conducted through the medium of Irish, in small group tutorials, in lectures, in writing and media workshops, and in seminar-style participatory classes. Irish language usage amongst the student body and in the university is encouraged in our Student Space (An Seomra Caidrimh).

A series of seminars delivered by guest lecturers introduces students to current research by experts in their fields. Students are encouraged to make use of digital archive resources in their research. Learning and assessment approaches include oral, written and aural examinations, peer assessment, project work, essays, presentations, seminars, work placements and research dissertations. The work placements provide opportunities for students to engage with the Irish language in a professional capacity in national and European organisations.

  • Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of dialectal and Standard Irish (An Caighdeán Oifigiúil), attaining a C1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or its equivalent.
  • Able to discriminate and self-evaluate areas of academic specialisation that are best suited to their strengths as research scholars and as professionals.
  • Apply the use of accurate spoken and written Irish in both academic and professional contexts, i.e. give interviews and participate in current debate on broadcast and print media; debate and analyse current affairs and academic topics.
  • Appreciate the study of the Irish language and its literature as an integral part of Irish society past and present in a national and global context.
  • Be proficient in the use of on-line and traditional resources.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of analytical techniques, research methods and theoretical issues in contemporary research in the Irish language.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with appropriate use of subject-specific terminology and with an ability to explain the rationale underlying research conclusions.
  • Translate literary, legal and official texts for use in the public domain;
  • Use the study of Modern Irish as a means of enabling critical thinking about social and cultural issues.

View All Modules Here

Recent modules have included: 

  • Teanga na Gaeilge IV
  • Aistriúchán Gairmiúil
  • Na Meáin Ghaeilge
  • Dlí agus Aistrúchán I & II
  • Ceird na Scríbhneoireachta  


MA Scríobh & Cumarsáid na Gaeilge (Z030) Full Time
nonEU    fee per year - € 22600
EU          fee per year - € 9100

MA Scríobh agus Cumarsáid (Z199) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4550
nonEU    fee per year - € 11300

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.  These courses are part funded by the Specific Skills Initiative from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  For further information regarding scholarships for this course please contact Bairbre Ní Chonchúir at Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.


  • An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent, in Irish or a related area or significant professional work experience working in Irish language organisations or in the teaching profession is required.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Paula Melvin
MA 2015

Undertaking the Scríobh agus Cumarsáid MA was one of the most beneficial things I have done on both a personal and professional level. The high number of Scríobh agus Cumarsáid alumni that have become Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants, teaching Irish in American Universities is a testament to Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin and her staff inspiring their students to pursue a plethora of Irish Language opportunities. On a daily basis I use the skills I honed during this course. The modules on the Revival of the Irish Language are particularly useful to me in my current role as Tánaiste of Conradh na Gaeilge.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge FT (Z030)
1 Years
Full Time
MA Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge PT (Z199)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised