M.A. On Campus

Irish Studies (Literature and Music)

National University of Ireland, Galway

12 months
16300 EUR/year
6800 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This new MA in Irish Studies (Literature and Music) at National University of Ireland, Galway offers an intensive academic curriculum in Irish Literature Studies and Irish Music Studies, focusing in particular on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 


Career Opportunities

The Irish Studies (Literature and Music) at National University of Ireland, Galway is one of the premier locations worldwide for interdisciplinary research and advanced teaching on the cultural, social and political endeavours of Irish people, in Ireland and beyond.  Since its inception in 2000, the Centre has attracted outstanding graduate students from Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe to NUI Galway. 

This new MA programme draws on the achievements of outstanding scholars and a vibrant postgraduate research cluster in Irish Music Studies at NUI Galway. Irish Music Studies is central to teaching and research at the Centre for Irish Studies, an established Area of Excellence at NUI Galway which is ranked among the world’s top 2% of universities.  It blends survey and thematic modules, allowing students to weight module selection towards music or literature studies according to their interests.

Graduates of this programme may find employment in teaching (primary and secondary), the arts, heritage and tourism sectors, journalism, media, publishing, and the public service. A large proportion of graduates of the MA in Irish Studies have proceeded to doctoral research programmes in Ireland, Britain and North America.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Young Ireland to the Free State: Writing in English 1949-1922
  • Decline and revival: Language, literature and society 1800-1939
  • Writing Irish traditional music: The development of Irish music studies, 1792-1950 
  • Tuning the archive: Irish traditional music and the digital humanities
  • The Politics of modernity: Writing in English from 1922 to the present
  • Gaelic and free: Cultural politics and writing in Irish since 1939
  • Representing Irish music: Irish music studies, 1950 to the new millennium
  • Popular music and Ireland

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

NFQ Level 8 degree at H2.2, GPA 3.0 or equivalent international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent if applicable.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6800 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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