Course Overview

The MA in Old and Middle Irish is designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in the Irish language and the 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, in exceptional circumstances, at those who have an appropriate other 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.

Scholarships

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

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

Assessment takes three forms: written examinations, essays, and a minor thesis. Essays are completed during Semester One and Two. Written examinations are held at the end of both semesters. The minor dissertation is completed by the end of the summer.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent, Second Class Honours or equivalent. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time | 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15

Closing Date

You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

Course code

1OMI1, full-time | 1OMI2, part-time

Course Outline

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 

Modules for Full Time Course

Modules for Part Time Course

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required SG527: Minor Thesis (MA in Old and Middle Irish)


15 months long | Credits: 30

Learning Outcomes
  1. tbc
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module SG527: "Minor Thesis (MA in Old and Middle Irish)" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SG521: Literary History: Foundations and Early Writings


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module SG521: "Literary History: Foundations and Early Writings" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SG526: Readings in Medieval Irish (A): Prose Tales


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module SG526: "Readings in Medieval Irish (A): Prose Tales" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SG523: Readings in Medieval Irish (B): Law Texts


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module SG523: "Readings in Medieval Irish (B): Law Texts" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SG514: History, Scholarship & Culture in Medieval Ireland


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
The above information outlines module SG514: "History, Scholarship & Culture in Medieval Ireland" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SG511: Grammar of Old & Middle Irish II


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module SG511: "Grammar of Old & Middle Irish II" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SG510: Grammar of Old & Middle Irish I


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module SG510: "Grammar of Old & Middle Irish I" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SG525: Readings in Medieval Irish (C): Poetry


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module SG525: "Readings in Medieval Irish (C): Poetry" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SG524: Readings in Medieval Irish (D): Allegory and Mythology


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module SG524: "Readings in Medieval Irish (D): Allegory and Mythology" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SG522: Literary History: A Tradition Established


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module SG522: "Literary History: A Tradition Established" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional SG515: Comparative Linguistics


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module SG515: "Comparative Linguistics" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment in teaching and academic research, publishing and the print and electronic media, and have developed 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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,200 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€5,976 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

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What Our Students Say

Laura

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.
Christine

Christine Neer |    

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.