Overview

The MA in Irish Studies is an interdiscipinary

Offer students a range of modules that will allow them to pursue challenging cross-disciplinary themes

Explore the possibilities and tensions in inter-disciplinary work

Introduce students to conceptual tools allowing them to explore, critically, aspects of Irish Studies

Assist students in developing focused research and the skills necessary to write academic papers

Irish Studies highlights

Student Experience

  • The Institute is the oldest centre for Irish Studies research in the world, and has strong links with Irish Studies centres and programmes in Ireland, the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada and Australasia. There are more than 70 teaching and research staff in the university who specialise in Irish Studies related subjects. The Institute hosts a lively research culture featuring regular seminars, conferences, workshops and reading groups in which postgraduates are encouraged to participate. Queen’s has world-class resources for research in Irish Studies research and collaborates closely with many partner institutions and organisations in Northern Ireland.
 

Course content

Course Structure

Course Details
The MA is arranged into a number of core and optional modules (courses).
All students take the following two core modules:
• ‘Belfast: Place, Identity and Memory in a Contested City’ - offering a unique introduction to Irish Studies through the study of Belfast - Ireland's second city and the capital of Northern Ireland – its history, culture and society, and relationship to the rest of the island and the wider world
• 'Making Knowledge Work' - a faculty-wide module exploring research practice and ethics, and interdisciplinary themes such as heritage, visual cultures and religious dialogue
• Irish Studies Dissertation - a 15,000 word piece of original research supervised by a specialist member of staff
Students choose four optional modules, under guidance from the programme director, from a list of those relevant to Irish Studies from across the faculty, and at least one research methods module. These currently include:
• Irish Poetry (English - ENG7305)
• Topics in Irish History (History - MHY7081)
• The Politics of Northern Ireland (Politics - PAI7021)
• Government and Institutions of Northern Ireland (Politics - PAI7002)
• Politics of the Republic of Ireland (Politics - PAI7022)
• MA Specialisation - Anthropology of Ireland (Anthropology - ANT7053)
• Conflict & Change in Northern Ireland (Sociology - SOC9062) and University Research and Civil Society (SOC9069)
• Literary Research Methods (English - ENG7163)
• Public History Internship (with placement in a museum/heritage centre in Northern Ireland) (History - MHY7077)
• Working with Archives (History - MHY7025)
• Becoming an Historian (History - MHY7020)
• Approaches to Research Design (Politics - PAI7001)
• Approaches to Social Research (Sociology - SOC9012)
• Advanced Anthropological Methods (Anthropology - ANT7007)
• Research Methods in Critical and Creative Practice (Creative Arts)
We anticipate that a new optional module in Irish Folklore Studies will also be available for 2018 entry.
Modules from other programmes may be selected with the approval of the programme director.
Some options may require that particular methods courses be taken or the student to have a particular academic background. The dissertation may be supervised by Institute staff or, subject to the agreement of the Head of School, by members of co-operating academic departments.
For detailed programme information please see the Irish Studies Gateway section on the School website.

People teaching you

Peter Gray
Professor
SHAPP
Email: irish.studies@qub.ac.uk

Career Prospects

Introduction
Students of the Institute of Irish Studies go on to pursue careers not only as scholars, but also in a wide range of occupations, including the media, in the heritage sector, public administration and in business.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Learning and Teaching

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Learning and Teaching

Morning and afternoon classes

Assessment

Taught modules are usually assessed by a combination of written assignments and class participation. Students who have reached a pass in these will submit a dissertation (not exceeding 15,000 words).

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A combination of written assignments and class participation. Students who have reached a pass in these will submit a dissertation (not exceeding 15,000 words).

Written language assignments

Creative practice

Dissertation (not exceeding 15,000 words) or practice as research project, which will include a critical reflection of approximately 3,500 words

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

Graduate
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.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

Applicants may be required to submit a piece of written work in support of their application.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £5,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £5,500
Other (non-UK) EU £5,500
International £15,700

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Irish Studies costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

How do I fund my study?

From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2018 Entry.


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