The Gaelic Literature programme of University College Cork Online is delivered online and in English. It aims to provide the student with a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of Gaelic literature. It incorporates a strong historic and cultural perspective in order to ensure that a sense of context is present at all times. The cultivation, study and transmission of Gaelic literature from early-Christian to modern times will be presented as a continuous narrative across the various components of the programme. A highlight of the cross-module approach inherent in this course is the exposure of the student to the primary sources for Gaelic literature, especially manuscript sources in Ireland and abroad. Having established the linguistic and palaeographical foundation of practically all pre-20th-century Gaelic literature, the programme will proceed to address and develop the various themes and influences that feed into and inform this literature, including mythology, spiritualism, landscape and diasporic studies. The treatment of the development of Gaelic Ireland as an international entity, and the panoramic approach to the study of Gaelic literature over time are innovative features of this programme.
Modules to the value of 60 credits will be selected from a choice of seven, of which two are compulsory. The production of a thirty-credit dissertation is also a requirement. These modules cover all aspects of Gaelic literature from the first appearance of poetry in the margins of Latin manuscripts in the ninth century, to an exploration of the sense of place in the work of Irish authors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Lectures will be recorded, and both they and ancillary lecture material (notes, slides, bibliographies etc.) will be made available via Canvas, the online teaching platform used by University College Cork. In addition to the asynchronous elements of the programme, progress will be monitored and assignments will be discussed in real-time consultations which will take place using Skype or other platforms.
Skills and Careers Information
Equipped with an MA in Gaelic Literature, a student will be well positioned to pursue further postgraduate work in Celtic studies, and opportunities will also present for academic work in other medieval or modern literatures. Students will be enabled to expand their area of interest, expertise and research into other disciplines such as Scottish Studies, Anglo-Irish Studies, Irish-American Studies, or European Literature. Transferrable skills acquired during this programme will include those of an analytic and text-critical nature, while palaeographical emphases will find obvious resonances in codicological and art-historical disciplines. In addition, the MA in Gaelic literature is an ideal qualification for those wishing to pursue careers in sectors such as heritage, local history, broadcasting and media.
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- The social and cultural history of the Irish language, 1200-2000
- The transmission and interpretation of Gaelic literature
- Beginners Irish Language
- The phases of Gaelic literature
- Gaelic Ireland, 1600-2000 A.D : the International Dimension
- Placenames and Sense of Place in Gaelic Literature
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesLanguage Studies Languages Literature
- Applications will be considered from graduates of all disciplines. Successful applicants will normally have an honours primary degree at Second Honours Grade 1 level (or the equivalent).
- Candidates who hold a primary degree at Second Class Honours Grade 2 level will also be considered, based on the information provided in a supplementary statement and/or interview acceptable to the Department selection committee.
- For North American students a cumulative GPA of 3.2 is normally expected.
- Applicants must complete a short personal statement outlining their academic background and interests and reasons for applying to the programme.
International7000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA4800 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4800 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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