MA Irish Literature & Culture

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Throughout its history, UCD has been deeply involved in the progress of Irish literary affairs. Our MA in Irish Literature and Culture is the longest-established MA in this subject the world over. It is rooted in a unique tradition which draws inspiration from the many internationally acclaimed Irish authors - many of whom were educated at UCD - including James Joyce, Roddy Doyle and Emma Donoghue. 

The UCD School of English, Drama and Film is also world renowned for the quality of its research expertise and its teaching programmes in Irish writing. Its lecturers have research collaborations with colleagues in Irish studies in universities throughout North America, Brazil, China, Japan, Europe and Australia, linking this programme with a truly global network of research.

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

This course is open to graduates with a background in English, Humanities, Social Sciences or cognate disciplines. 

Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers. 
Many of our alumni work in the cultural administration, education or technology sectors. Others are in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including government, the media, NGOs and the Arts, whilst some continue on to PhD research.

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Core Modules include:

  • Joyce, Ulysses
  • Irish Poetry: Representing Self and Other
  • Irish Theatre and its European Connections
  • Theorising Irish Cultures
  • Tradition to the Contemporary
  • Literary Research Methods

MA Irish Literature & Culture (Z349) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7610
nonEU    fee per year - € 20500

***Fees are subject to change

For information on Funding and Scholarships see the School of English, Drama and Film website:

A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelors in a cognate area (equivalent Humanities Degree, such as History, Philosophy, Cultural Studies) with a minimum 2.1 (NFQ Level 8 ) or equivalent.

Patrick Kelleher
MA 2017 

This MA is an excellent course that allows students to delve into Ireland’s rich literary heritage and to explore the areas that they are most passionate about. I loved my time on this course, largely thanks to the wonderful teaching staff, who care passionately about each student’s progress as well as their own area of expertise. I regularly use the skills I learned through this course in my career as a freelance Journalist and I couldn’t recommend this course more highly.

Situated in the heart of Dublin, students in UCD have access to the leading libraries and cultural archives of Ireland, including UCD’s own Special Collections, the National Library of Ireland, the Irish Film Archive, the Irish Theatre Institute, Royal Irish Academy, National Gallery of Ireland and Marsh’s Library.