BA Joint Honours Irish and Social Anthropology (UCAS Code: QL56)
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BA Joint Requirements
For BA Joint Honours the requirements are stated separately under each programme.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click hereBack to top
The Irish language continues to form an integral part of Irish cultural life as a medium for education, music, literature, drama and television. The language has been spoken for over 2,000 years and boasts a vast early literature of world significance. The emphasis at Queen's is on Modern Irish language and literature as essential elements of contemporary Irish culture and society. Insight into the country's earlier heritage is developed through the study of mythology, poetry and saga.Back to top
At Level 1, the two language modules are concerned exclusively with core oral and written language skills. Learning is enhanced by small-group teaching and computer-assisted language learning methods. Literary skills are developed in the module 'Modern Irish Literature', which focuses, in particular, on prose writing (short stories, novelettes and autobiography). Students are exposed to a wide range of contemporary authors with particular emphasis on texts in Ulster Irish. The fourth module at Level 1 explores the surviving remains of Celtic mythology and religious belief in Ireland and the Continent.
Irish Language 1
Irish Language 2
Modern Irish Literature
Levels 2 and 3
The language modules at Levels 2 and 3 not only build on the language skills acquired at Level 1, but also contain a literary strand examining contemporary poetry, the short story and the novel. The other modules at Levels 2 and 3 cover a wide variety of topics including folklore, early Irish sagas, and Irish dialects. Students also have the opportunity to learn some Scottish Gaelic, a language and tradition closely related to Irish.
Irish Language and Literature 3
Irish Language and Literature 4
Irish Language and Literature 5
Irish Language and Literature 6
Early Irish Myths and Sagas
Language and Literature in Late Medieval Ireland and Scotland
Scottish Gaelic Language
The Irish Language in Contemporary Ireland
Ulster Poetry 1650-1850
Varieties of Irish
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support, to enable you to achieve your full academic potential.
On the BA in Irish and Social Anthropology, we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course:
Assessment: The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. In first-year language classes, you are assessed through a variety of language tasks (such as translation, comprehension, summaries, essay writing etc.), in-class tests, language exams, and oral exams.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Studying for a degree in Irish and Social Anthropology at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree have the proven ability to analyse subjects in depth and develop coherent arguments in written and verbal form, as well as linguistic fluency and intercultural awareness, all of which are highly sought after skills in a global job market, particularly one in which over half of all graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.
Our graduates can be found not only in the traditional areas involving 'people skills', like community development or human resource management, but also in a wide range of areas such as finance and management, translation and interpreting, consultancy work, radio and television, journalism, publishing, the arts, the Civil Service, the music and tourist industries and other branches of public life.
Our graduates have found our degree life-enhancing and intellectually challenging. It has given them a good grounding in a multitude of workplaces, where we need to understand the wider world and be able to deal with difference.
The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Further study is also an option open to Social Anthropology and Irish graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics. Further information can be found on the Schools of Modern Languagesand History & Anthropologywebsites.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Summer School: students receive intensive language teaching in each year and attend a staff-led summer school in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
Support: staff offer support through a personal tutoring system, skills development programme, and a structured feedback framework, helping Level 1 students integrate into university life.Back to top