Taught course

Global Irish Studies

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

Entry requirements

Primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 – National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Candidates must be proficient in English. Irish language proficiency is not required.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualifications taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application).

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achievedIrish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 7.0 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6
  • Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Global Irish Studies brings together a wide range of historical, literary, and musical disciplines to examine the interconnected notions of local and global Irishness. By exploring the global positioning of Irish identity and culture we aim to bring fresh perspectives to the understanding of Irish identities and cultures.

The aims of this interdisciplinary programme are:

  • To broaden and deepen the students’ knowledge of Ireland and the Irish from a global and transnational perspective;
  • To foster student awareness of Irish local, national, and transnational identities and to encourage lively intellectual and practical work in re-imagining the ‘nation’ and its role in the world;
  • To enable students to engage knowledgeably with current critical debates in the areas of Irish literature, history, and culture;
  • To support and facilitate opportunities for independent research and self-directed learning;
  • To develop students’ analytical and critical thinking skills in preparation for future academic study or careers outside of academia;
  • To assist students in the identification and development of future employment or study plans.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60

Course contact details

Dr. Christina Morin
+353 (0)61 234111