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Early Irish, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #108 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
The Early Irish program from Trinity College Dublin is intended to take the student to a high level of competence in Old Irish, and will cover a wide range of prose and verse texts, and various aspects of Early Irish language, literature and culture.


The Early Irish program from Trinity College Dublin can be taken as a second follow-on year to build on knowledge gained on the Diploma in Old Irish course.


The course will last for one academic year, beginning in October, and requires full-time study. Students with no prior knowledge of Old Irish may take the preliminary year-long course for the Diploma in Old Irish (see Diploma webpage). In the MPhil year candidates will be assessed by examination (in summer) and a thesis of c.20,000 words.

Programme Structure

All candidates undertake core courses in:

  • Old Irish prose
  • Old Irish poetry
  • Primitive and Archaic Irish
  • Early Irish law 
  • Middle Irish

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • hold at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country.
  • display a high level of competence in the English language in one of the examination systems recognised by Trinity College Dublin.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14950 EUR/year
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    Based on the original amount of 14950 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7004 EUR/year
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    Based on the original amount of 7004 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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