MA (Old & Middle Irish)
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
Next start date: September 2013
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: -
Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates
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.
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €6,015
- Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,250
Download taught and research
Trish Ní Mhaoileoin
"My journey to Old and Middle Irish was long and somewhat arduous, but ultimately fulfilling. Having acquired a BA in archaeology and Spanish from UCD, I continued to pursue an MA in archaeology, focusing on medieval rural settlements in south Leinster. Pursuing a career choice as an archaeologist proved to be untenable and I wandered for a few years until I decided to move to Galway from New Zealand where I had been living, to do the Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge in NUIG. Through the Dioplóma, I heard about the MA in Old and Middle Irish and thought that it would be a wonderful bridge between my interests in medieval Irish history and culture, and my burgeoning interest in the Irish language. The MA in Old and Middle Irish provided me with a thorough grounding in the literature of the early Irish period - from prose to poetry, from secular narrative to ecclesiastical and legal texts—and a solid language base from which to advance to research at PhD level. I am now in the early stages of my research on the multi-faceted legendary warrior figure, Fergus mac Róich. My thesis will involve linguistic and editorial work (both on, and in, Irish), and critical, historical and comparative literary work."