MA, Irish Studies
A DIFFERENT KIND OF IRISH STUDIES
University College Cork is home to a vibrant group of researchers and teachers in the field of Irish Studies who have come together to offer an innovative MA program: Irish Studies – Identities and Representations.
Our definition of Irish studies is broad and inclusive. In addition to world-class tuition on modern Irish literature and history, you will approach Irish studies from a range of other perspectives. You learn how Ireland, an island at Europe’s far western edge, played a crucial role in the formation of Western civilization, and how continuing emigration in the modern era has ensured that Irish cultures and identities are a dynamic global phenomenon. The theme of identities and representations which runs through the course is a vital one, not just in Irish studies but in the humanities and social sciences generally.
The program draws on an unparalleled range of disciplinary perspectives within a strong framework of relevant theories and methodologies. The result is a distinctive and compelling intellectual experience.
PAST SPEAKS TO PRESENT
In this program:
• specially-devised core modules explore over a thousand years of Irish history and culture up to the postmodern present
• carefully selected case studies offer contexts to deepen your knowledge of Irish Studies and develop your own research interests
• study tours to spectacular and evocative sites and landscapes are a central part of the learning experience
• you investigate the possible futures of Ireland and its diaspora in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent, and globalized world
• the contributing disciplines include English, History, Irish, Sociology, Music, Geography, Archaeology, Folklore, Politics and Art History
A number of scholarships are available for both Irish and International Students. Please inquire for further details.
We have designed this course as a stepping stone to further study, and to a wide range of career opportunities. The course gives you the essential transferable skills valued by employers in the private and public sectors, including critical thinking and analysis, communications expertise, cultural awareness and global engagement.
WHY UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK?
• an internationally acclaimed university ranked in the global top 2%
• a long and distinguished tradition of teaching and research in Irish Studies
• a beautiful historic campus with state-of-the-art study resources
• Cork city: among Lonely Planet’s top ten places to visit in the world
Damian Bracken (History)
Claire Connolly (English)
Linda Connolly (Sociology)
Mike Cosgrave (History)
Patricia Coughlan (English)
Piaras Mac Éinrí (Geography)
Mel Mercier (Music)
Kevin Murray (Medieval Irish)
Stiofán Ó Cadhla (Folklore)
Tomás Ó Carragáin (Archaeology)
Maureen O’Connor (English)
Pádraig Ó Macháin (Modern Irish)
NFQ Level: Level 9 (Major Award)
International Student Requirements:
You will have normally an honours primary degree at 2.1 level or the equivalent, though applications from graduates whose primary degree is at 2.2 level will be considered. For North American students a cumulative GPA of 3.2 is normally expected. Applications will be considered from graduates of all disciplines.