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Old and Middle Irish (MA)
MA (Old & Middle Irish) [full-time or part-time]
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
The MA in Old and Middle Irish is designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in Irish language and literature of the period c.600–c.1200. It is aimed at those who already have a good basic knowledge of Irish (Medieval or Modern), or another Celtic language, and, exceptionally, at those who have the appropriate background to undertake the study of Old and Middle Irish from the beginning.
Staff help to identify thesis-topics which may lend themselves to eventual publication. While teaching is through English (to accommodate students from different backgrounds), the use of Irish is actively supported, and the University’s bilingual campus is of special benefit to all students of Irish, of whatever period.
NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent, Second Class Honours or equivalent. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time
Next start date: September 2015
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 15
Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates
The programme is simultaneously available on a full-time and a part-time basis. In both cases, 60 of the total 90 credits (ECTS) are allocated to taught modules, and the remaining 30 to the minor thesis.
Full-time students follow a prescribed taught course for two semesters (from September to April approximately), following which they complete a dissertation of ca. 15,000 words over the summer. They attend approximately eight lectures each week in both semesters.
The programme offers modules in the following:
- Grammar of Old and Middle Irish
- Literary History 600–1200
- Close reading of medieval Irish texts
- History, scholarship and culture in medieval Ireland
- Comparative Celtic linguistics
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
- Dr Graham Isaac, BA, PhD
- An tOllamh Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha, BA, MA, PhD
- Dr Clodagh Downey, BA, MA, PhD
Requirements and assessment
Graduates have found employment in teaching and academic research, publishing, print and electronic media, and careers in the interpretation and management of culture and heritage.
The programme provides an excellent foundation for higher research programmes (MLitt and PhD) in many fields of Irish language and Celtic Studies, of the medieval, the early modern, and the contemporary period. The skills acquired are also highly relevant for research in medieval Irish history and archaeology.
Laura Álvarez García
'I became interested in Old Irish while a student of Classical Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and after finishing my degree I knew I wanted to pursue my studies in Ireland. NUIG was among my first options, and choosing it has proved to be a great decision.
The MA programme allows for very fast progress and keeps the student excited with continuous challenges. The learning of grammar is combined with close reading of medieval Irish texts in the original, and the picture is completed with modules on literary history and comparative Celtic linguistics.
The staff are always giving their best. Their high professionalism and attentiveness are highly motivating for the student. Their close interaction with other departments further enrich the learning environment. The friendliness of the other postgraduates, their willingness to exchange ideas and their interesting research projects also contribute to a completely fulfilling experience.'
Download taught and research
'My academic interest in medieval Irish manuscript materials began almost a decade ago. An MA on modern Irish women nationalist writers which I completed in 2008 is what inspired me to study the Irish language. Unfortunately, few universities in the USA offer early-Irish language courses. After teaching for several years, I was thrilled to be offered a place on NUIG’s Old and Middle Irish MA program. Spending a year with Old Irish was intense, but also intensely rewarding: I am part of an energetic and supportive group of scholars here, and I also feel equipped to research and translate the primary sources I am now studying for my PhD in Old and Middle Irish.'