Old and Middle Irish

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

Course overview

The MLitt is a two-year, full-time (or four-year, part-time) postgraduate programme of research assessed by a major thesis of at least 40,000 words.


Staff in Old and Middle Irish and Celtic Studies have wide-ranging areas of interests, and welcome applications to undertake research in all of these.

Programmes available

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

Entry requirements

The usual minimum qualification is a primary degree in Irish, Celtic Studies, or similar, with a Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (or an equivalent international qualification). 

Many successful applicants already hold a Master's degree.

Admission to the MLitt is at the discretion of the potential supervisor and the Head of Discipline.  Initial enquiries should be made to the Head of Discipline.

Areas of interest

Dr Clodagh Downey;  Old and Middle Irish language; medieval Irish literature, including heroic, mythological and king-tales, and dinnsheanchas

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

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha (Head of Discipline);  Old and Middle Irish language; editing of prose and verse texts; literary history, including issues of genre, hybridisation, authorship, patronage and provenance; early medieval Irish history.

Researcher profiles

Find out more

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha
T +353 91 493 010
mairin.nidhonnchadha@nuigalway.ie
W  www.nuigalway.ie/oldirish/

PAC code

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

Fees for this course

EU: €4,275 p.a. 2015/16 inclusive of levy

Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

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."

How to Apply

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."

How to Apply