Old and Middle Irish

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Humanities

Course overview

The following types of doctoral research would align well with the specialist interests of the staff:

(i) preparation of critical editions of prose or verse texts of all kinds from any period of Old or Middle Irish;

(ii) linguistic topics, synchronic and diachronic, within any period of Old and Middle Irish;

(iii) literary history, incl. studies of textual multiforms, of characteristic genres and themes of medieval Irish writing, of internal and external influences for change, of the reflexes of local and national concerns and patronage, etc. 

Programmes available

MLitt (Old and Middle Irish), full-time
MLitt (Old and Middle Irish), part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants for the above degrees must have a primary (or higher) degree in Irish or Celtic Studies with a SecondClass Honours Grade 1, or an equivalent international qualification.


Admission to the MLitt is at the discretion of the potential supervisor and the Head of Discipline. The Postgraduate Research Board for Old and Middle Irish will review and make recommendations to the College on applications, thesis-topics, and the membership of each student’s Graduate Research Committee.

Areas of interest

Dr. Graham Isaac—Old and Middle Welsh poetry; comparative Celtic and Indo-European linguistics; ancient continental Celtic languages; general linguistics.

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha—Old and Middle Irish philology and textual editing; early Irish law; literary history (medieval and early modern); medieval women's history and literature.

Researcher profiles

Find out more

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha
T +353 91 493 010
E mairin.nidhonnchadha@nuigalway.ie

PAC code

MLitt (full-time) GYB60
MLitt (part-time) GYB61

Fees for this course

EU: €4,275 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of levy

Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

Current Students

Eibhlín Ní Fhallamain

MLitt in Old and Middle Irish

"The MLitt and PhD in Old and Middle Irish provide the student with a firm foundation in the core competencies and critical methodologies essential for a true appreciation of the literature and language of Early Ireland, from both the national and European dimensions. The NUI Galway campus, due to its proximity to the Conamara Gaeltacht, offers a unique academic environment where the student can connect with the surviving reflexes of the earlier traditions, and enjoy all the benefits of the multicultural vibrant seaside city of Galway."

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