Taught course

Critical Irish Studies

University of Limerick · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Students must hold a BA or equivalent in any field in the arts, social sciences or humanities, with at least a 2.2 award (NQAI: National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Students from other fields may apply for provisional entry into the programme. A requirement for Garda Vetting must be included where students have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults as part of their programme of study - See more at: http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/critical-irish-studies-ma

Months of entry


Course content

Time for New Thinking. This MA will address current issues in Ireland and the Irish diaspora, with particular attention to social theory, performance/performativity, historical depth and aesthetic nuance. Students will learn not only to identify and analyze but also to question received narratives of culture, society, arts, history, politics, law and languages. The focus is on currents that affect Ireland, as well as the construction and performance of these very concepts.

New Approaches/ New Possibilities: Inter-disciplinary Study. This degree will be inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary, involving faculty in the following areas: Languages, Literatures, Culture and Communication (including English and American literature, Irish language and literature, and German-Irish studies, with special emphasis on migration and new media)History (including oral history)Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (including Music, Dance, Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology)PoliticsPsychologySociology (including Gender Studies) and additional support from the School of Law, the Glucksman Library, the Journalism programme and Aonad na Gaeilge.

What Will You Get? A wide range of information about contemporary conditions, history, political institutions, arts and culture in Ireland, in the Irish diaspora and in the world as they relate to Ireland. A broad and rigorous understanding of concepts that are essential to thinking critically about issues pertinent to Ireland and Ireland’s place in the world, from a variety of disciplines. Appropriate training in research methodologies and dissertation writing. Experience in how to participate in an intellectual environment requiring active negotiation and critical engagement with the study of Ireland. - See more at: http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/critical-irish-studies-ma

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Margaret Harper