12 months
18200 GBP/year
6650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Irish Studies programme at Queen's University Belfast offers a broad field of area studies utilising a range of disciplines to explore holistically the history, culture and society of the island of Ireland and its global relationships.

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The modules available reflect the range of Irish Studies expertise across the university, and are designed to enable students to undertake research across a wide range of themes in and approaches to Irish Studies, to obtain research methods training in one or more disciplines, and to prepare to write a major dissertation in their chosen field of specialisation.

The aims of the Irish Studies programme at Queen's University Belfast are:

  • To enable graduates to undertake interdisciplinary postgraduate studies in Irish Studies and gain various benefits:
  • An advanced appreciation of the value of interdisciplinarity in Irish Studies.
  • An advanced understanding and experience of relevant research methods and skills.
  • An advanced appreciation of the value of academic approaches to some issues of historical and cultural debate and of contemporary public concern in Ireland.
  • A deepened knowledge of specific themes in Irish Studies reflecting the student’s personal interests and research agenda.

Student Experience

  • The MA in Irish Studies at Queen’s provides students with an unrivalled opportunity to examine Ireland in its global contexts. With options from Literature, History, Politics, Anthropology, and Sociology. The MA allows students to pursue challenging cross-disciplinary themes such as heritage and identities, language and arts, peace and conflict, reflecting the rich cultural legacy of Ireland across the world. Students will explore the possibilities and opportunities in interdisciplinary work in one of the world’s leading centres of Irish Studies research.
  • Based in Belfast, we have unrivalled access to the people that were part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland.
  • The Institute supports a series of weekly research seminars and a number of annual research events in Irish Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Anthropological Perspectives
  • Irish Women’s Writing
  • Theory in History
  • Politics of the Republic of Ireland
  • Violence, Terrorism and Security

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject with evidence of study of Ireland, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
  • Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant subject with evidence of study of Ireland or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, who can also demonstrate relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18200 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6650 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £6,650
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £6,650
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £7,470
  • EU Other - £18,200 
  • International - £18,200

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 GBP /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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