Global Irish Studies MA
The MA in Global Irish Studies brings together a wide range of historical, literary, and musical disciplines to examine the interconnected notions of local and global Irishness. By exploring the global positioning of Irish identity and culture we aim to bring fresh perspectives to the understanding of Irish identities and cultures.
The aims of this interdisciplinary program are:
- To broaden and deepen the students’ knowledge of Ireland and the Irish from a global and transnational perspective;
- To foster student awareness of Irish local, national, and transnational identities and to encourage lively intellectual and practical work in re-imagining the ‘nation’ and its role in the world;
- To enable students to engage knowledgeably with current critical debates in the areas of Irish literature, history, and culture;
- To support and facilitate opportunities for independent research and self-directed learning;
- To develop students’ analytical and critical thinking skills in preparation for future academic study or careers outside of academia;
- To assist students in the identification and development of future employment or study plans.
Primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 – National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Candidates must be proficient in English. Irish language proficiency is not required.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualifications taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application).
Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
- Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
- TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
- IELTS – Minimum score of 7.0 with no less than 6 in any one component.
- English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
- GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
- Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
- GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6
- Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Global Irish Studies: Core Issues and Texts
- Global Irish Studies Research Seminar 1
Students must choose two modules among the following:
- Literature of Migration
- Gender and Sexuality in Irish Literature
- Graduate Seminar in Irish Cultural History
- Sex, Family and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland
- Framing Irish Music: Sources and Discourses 1
- Global Irish Studies 2: Literatures and Contexts
- Global Irish Studies Research Seminar 2
Students must choose two modules among the following:
- Irish Americas in Literature and Culture
- Situating Irish Gothic
- People on the Move: Studying Migration
- Irish Folklore, Oral Tradition and Ethnology
- Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity
- The ‘Long War’ in Ireland, 1968-98
- Framing Irish Music: Sources and Discourses 2
- Global Irish Studies Dissertation
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
The MA in Global Irish Studies aims to equip students with essential transferable skills that will prepare them for careers in a wide range of areas in both private and public sectors, including heritage and tourism, culture and arts administration, public and social policy, and journalism. The program also provides a useful stepping stone to further academic study, including doctoral research.
About this institute
University of Limerick
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