MA Irish Studies

University College Dublin

Course Overview

The MA Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that examines the variety and diversity of Irish history, society and cultural practice.

It asks a series of questions about Ireland and Irishness, including how did the Irish come to be the way they are, and to what extent are they different from other nations? How has Irish identity changed over time? What are the causes for this process? This MA introduces students to a wide range of sources and resources, issues and debates about the many-faceted experiences of the people who have lived in Ireland from the earliest times to the present. You will avail of UCD’s unrivaled expertise in many fields related to Irish Studies. Being in Dublin naturally also provides students with easy access to many of Ireland’s key cultural institutions and libraries.
• Provides students with small group teaching and personalized supervision that students need at a graduate level
• Pathway for further specialization
• Nationally and internationally unrivaled concentration of expertise

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 19,900 p.a.

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Provides students with small group teaching and personalised supervision that students need at a graduate level.
  • Nationally and internationally unrivalled concentration of expertise.
  • Pathway for further specialisation.
  • Graduates of this MA are trained not only to acquire, manage and communicate detailed knowledge in a creative, productive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

• This programme is intended for applicants with a humanities and social sciences background.
• An upper second class honours degree (NFQ Level 8), or the international equivalent in a related area is required. Applicants who do not meet the 2.1 entry requirement will be looked at on a case by case basis and relevant work experience will be taken into account.
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.
• Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes.
• These are the minimum entry requirements additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

English Requirements

• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

  1. A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
  2. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing center closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110.

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

Graduates of this MA are trained not only to acquire, manage and communicate detailed knowledge in a creative, productive and supportive environment, but also to compare and contrast differing sources of information derived from archival, printed, visual and electronic formats. The programme enables students to hone their skills in research, critical thinking, oral and written communication, and the use of relevant computer software packages, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. This degree is ideally suited to students seeking to deepen their knowledge of Irish Studies and to enhance their employment-relevant skills, while also providing a pathway for further specialization in a relevant area or topic at doctoral level. Potential careers might include journalism, heritage and tourism, or academia.