Entry requirements

Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers an opportunity for the advanced study of
popular literature. In recent years a body of theoretical and
cultural historical material has developed that attempts to
define what ‘the popular’ means now, and what it has meant
historically. At the same time texts that do not seem to belong
to traditional canons increasingly attract critical attention,
and have come to be taught at university level alongside more
canonical texts. In this light the course will cover such popular
genres as adventure fiction, children’s literature, horror,
detective fiction, romance, pornography and science fiction,
as well as offering an advanced introduction to such topics
as the bestseller, genre theory, print culture and readership.
Entry to this course is very competitive. Applicants are
expected to have a good honours degree (at least of upper
second class standard) or an equivalent qualification. The
course comprises two elements:
1. A core course meeting twice a week for 2 hours over 2 terms;
2. Option courses meeting once a week for 2 hours – students
take one per term;
This creates a total of 6 contact hours per week. Students also
expected to spend a substantial amount of time in library
research. Assessment is a combination of four 5,000 word
essays and a 15,000 word dissertation to be supervised by a
member of staff.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Bernice Murphy
+353-1-896 1111