Irish Studies Online (Diploma)
‘Could anything better typify the move from donkey-and-cart picture-postcard Ireland to high tech global leader in software technology that Ireland has become in recent decades?’
President of Ireland Mary McAleese, speaking about the Irish Studies online programme.
Irish Studies Online – What’s it all about?
Irish Studies Online is an interdisciplinary introduction to Irish Studies, developed by the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI, Galway. The two-year part-time diploma programme offers an excellent opportunity for those interested in Ireland, especially those without access to traditional programmes of study in this area. The purpose of the diploma is to provide a basic introduction to Irish life and culture through the disciplines of Archaeology, History, literature in English and in Irish (presented in translation), Political Science and Sociology, traditional Irish music and dance.
Applicants for the programme should meet the University’s requirements for mature students.
Two years, part time
Next start date: September 2014
ECTS weighting: 30
Average intake: N/A
Closing date: Extended to 29th August 2014
NFQ level: Level 7
Irish Studies online comprises six modules: Early Christian Ireland (431-1169 AD), Medieval Ireland (1169-1603 AD), Early Modern Ireland (1603-1845 AD), Modern Ireland (1845-1998 AD), Social and Political Change in Contemporary Ireland (1922-2003 AD), and From Ceili to Riverdance: Irish traditional music and dance in the 20th century. The courses provide an overview of Irish history from the pagan Celtic world and the coming of Christianity, through to the cataclysmic famines of the 1840s, the establishment of an independent state in 1922 and Ireland’s integration into the European community which has been ongoing since the 1970s. Students are introduced to Irish literature in both the Irish (Gaelic) and English languages, from the Old-Irish sagas and early Irish lyrics through the emergence of Anglo-Irish literature in the 18th century, to the 20th century revival of writing in Irish. Emphasis is also placed on the study of Irish society since independence with due consideration of such crucial issues as gender, religion, modernization, identity and socio-economic development.
Year 1 modules, in order of offering (examined by essay)
1. Early Christian Ireland 431-1169
2. Medieval Ireland 1169-1603
3. Early Modern Ireland 1603-1845
Year 2 modules, in order of offering (Examined by essay)
4. Modern Ireland 1845-1998
5. Social and Political Change in Contemporary Ireland 1922-2003
6. From Ceili to Riverdance: Irish Traditional Music and Dance in the 20th Century
Applications and selections
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:
- Job Seekers Benefit
- Job Seekers Allowance
- One-Parent Family Allowance
- Disability Allowance
- Social Insurance Contribution Credits
- Community Employment Scheme
Requirements and assessment
Find out more
For content queries, contact:
Dr. Michelle Comber
Centre for Irish Studies
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €970 p.a. 2013/14
Non-EU (Total): €1,470 p.a. 2013/14
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.