Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an
upper second or equivalent, GPA of at least 3.3). Some previous
knowledge of Irish Writing is also desirable. Admission to the
course is competitive due to a restricted quota.
Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/
Months of entry
The course offers graduates in English or in related disciplines
(e.g. history, art history, Irish studies, a modern language)
the opportunity to study a broad range of Irish writing in
English from the late-sixteeenth century to the present. It also
involves close study of single authors and addresses thematic
aspects of the subject. The course is designed to be complete
in itself, but can also serve as preparation for those who wish
to proceed to further research in the field. The course consists
of five modules:
Single Author: This module, taught in a weekly two-hour
seminar, covers the work of four major individual authors from
the Irish literary tradition. In Michaelmas term we study Swift
and Yeats, and in Hilary term, Joyce and Beckett.
Perspectives in Irish Writing: This module introduces students
to the socio/cultural contexts in which Irish writing in English
developed from the late sixteenth century through to the
twenty-first century. It investigates key terms that students will
encounter in the critical literature on Irish writing and culture:
Anglo-Irish, Protestant Ascendancy, the Gaelic tradition,
colonialism, the Big House, romantic and cultural nationalism,
the Literary Revival. Students take one option module in each
of the semesters, choosing from the variety of special subjects
on offer each year. These special subjects include: Writing the
Troubles, Big House Literature, Irish Poetry after Yeats, Ireland
on Stage, and Creative Writing.
In place of the special subjects offered in the second term,
students may enrol for a Creative Writing Workshop (an
element of the M.Phil. in Creative Writing). Entry to this
workshop is restricted and based on assessment of a portfolio
of the student’s creative writing, which must be presented
before the end of the first term.
Dissertation: A dissertation (12,000–15,000 words) is planned
in consultation with a Course Director during the second
(Hilary) term and is written under the guidance of a supervisor.
This work is undertaken in the third term (Trinity term) and
in the long vacation (April–August). Assessment is by a
combination of course papers and exercises and dissertation.
Further information on the course is available at: www.tcd.ie/
Information for international students