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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 at the outset.
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.