Taught course

Irish Literature and Culture

Maynooth University · Department of English

Entry requirements

B.A. degree with a subject mark in English, or a cognate discipline, of 2.1 or higher, or international equivalent. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Irish Literature and Culture offers a unique opportunity to follow a programme in the field of Irish cultural studies that is tailored to the student’s particular research interests. The MA in Irish Literature and Culture is a fully modular MA programme, offered in conjunction with the MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures, making it possible to select modules from both programmes. The MA in Irish Literature and Culture contains not only modules dealing with major figures in Irish literature (Joyce, Beckett, and Yeats); there are also modules exploring Irish visual culture (photography and film).

This programme thus provides an opportunity to study Irish literature in its wider cultural context. In addition, it is possible for students interested in gender to take modules from across the suite of MA programmes to make up a programme with a concentration in this area; by the same token, a student with an interest in modernism might take modules from across both programmes to follow a specialism in that area. The MA in Irish Literature and Culture also contains modules in cultural theory, and research skills. Students spend the summer months writing a dissertation on a research topic of their choosing, under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants. Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of English