The Department of Early and Medieval Irish offers many taught and research programmes at postgraduate level. Click on the People and Publications page to see more detail about the research activities of staff members. For an informal discussion about postgraduate study with us, contact the Head of Department, Prof. John Carey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Formal applications for entry to a research degree must be made through the Graduate School, College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences. Programmes on offer are:
- Higher Diploma in Arts (Celtic Civilisation)
- MA in Celtic Civilisation
- MA in Early and Medieval Irish
- MA in The Beginnings of Irish Christianity
- MA in Irish Studies (in conjunction with other Departments)
- MPhil in Celtic Civilisation
- MPhil in Early and Medieval Irish
- PhD in Celtic Civilisation
- PhD in Early and Medieval Irish
The following taught programmes at Postgraduate level are available in the Department:
Higher Diploma in Arts - Celtic Civilisation
MA in Celtic Civilisation, see also MA Celtic Civilisation brochure (1,260kB) [PDF]
MA in Early and Medieval Irish, see also MA Early and Medieval Irish brochure (1,100kB) [PDF]
MA in The Beginnings of Irish Christianity, see also MA Beginnings of Irish Christianity brochure (1,257kB) [PDF]
The departmental staff contribute to: MA in Irish Studies
The list of modules available in the Postgraduate Taught Programmes is available at Module descriptions
Ms Riona Doolan, PhD Student: 'Arson in Medieval Ireland: An Analysis of the Sources' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
Mr Philip Robert Healy, PhD Student: 'Unwilling Guests: Hostages in Medieval and Early Modern Ireland' (Supervisors: Prof. Máire Herbert and Dr David Edwards, School of History).
Ms Catherine Ostrander, Phd Student: 'Forging Dynasties: The rise of Diarmait Mac Cerbaill' (Supervisor: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh).
Mr Michael Sean Ó Geallabháin, PhD Student: 'Téarmaíocht an Cheoil i Litríocht na Gaeilge 800-1800 A.D.' (Supervisors: Prof. Máire Herbert and Dr Seán Ua Suilleabháin, Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge).
Mr Tadhg Ó Síocháin. PhD Student: 'The Presentation of Caoilte in Medieval Gaelic Sources' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
Ms Ilona Tuomi, PhD Student: 'Charms and Charming in Early Medieval Ireland: the Written Environment and the Ritual Performance of the St. Gall Incantations' (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2016: Dr Ken O'Donoghue. PhD thesis: 'Comthóth Lóegairi co Cretim 7a Aided: Eagrán maille le hAnailís Liteartha agus Teanga’ (Supervisor: Kevin Murray).
2016: Ms Maria Hallinan. MA dissertation: ‘The Status of Non-Noble Freemen in Early Medieval Ireland: A Study of Críth Gablach, Uraicecht Becc and Míadṡlechtae’ (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2016: Ms Catherine Kane. MA dissertation: ‘Emerging from the Cave: A study of the cave or síd of Crúachan in Early Irish Literature (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2016: Mr Cian Ó Cionnfhaolaidh. MA dissertation: ‘Feis Tighe Chonáin: A window on the medieval Fiannaigheacht tradition’ (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2016: Mr Jim Reid. MA dissertation: ‘The Nature of Gaelic Historical Tradition: The Problem of the Déisi’ (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2016: Mr Austin Rushnell. MA dissertation: ‘Saints' Books as Relics in Early Medieval Ireland’ (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2016: Ms Courtney Selvage. MA dissertation: ‘A Structural and Legal Analysis of Cáin Adomnáin’ (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2016 Mr Trenton Whitt. MA dissertation: ‘Ancient Ireland: A Comparison of the Early History and Pseudohistory of Ireland as it is Preserved in the Earlier Pseudohistorical Texts and Annals up to 432 A.D.’ (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2015: Ms Nathalie Schneider. PhD thesis: 'Saint, Martyr, Killer of Christ? The Legend of Longinus in Medieval Irish Tradition' (Supervisor: Prof. Máire Herbert).
2015: Ms Emily Twomey. MA dissertation: 'An Intertextual Analysis: Scéla Cano meic Gartnáin' (Supervisor: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh).
2015: Ms Catherine Ostrander. MA dissertation: 'Bringing Down Tara: Tracing the dual lines of transmission of Aided Diarmata meic Cerbaill' (Supervisor: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh).
2015: Mr Jody Buckley-Coogan. MA dissertation: 'Recholl Breth: Aistriúchán agus Anailís' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2015: Dr Michelle Therese Doran. PhD thesis: 'Textual Criticism and Medieval Irish Literature' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2015: Dr Marie-Luise Theuerkauf. PhD thesis: 'The Celtic Dragon Slayer: A Literary Analysis of Tochmarc Emire in Connection with Tristan et Iseut' (Supervisors: Prof. John Carey and Prof. Grace Neville, Department of French).
2015: Dr Fangzhe Qiu. PhD thesis: 'Narratives in Early Irish Law Tracts' (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2014: Ms Katherine McIvor. MA dissertation: 'Bretha for Techt Medbae: Edition and Analysis' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2014: Ms Gunnhildur Jonatansdottir. MA dissertation: 'An Edition and Translation of the Dinnshenchas of Dún Crimthain' (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2014: Mr Tomás Ó hAodha. MA dissertation 'Carn Uí Néit agus an Dindshenchas' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2014: Dr Nicole Volmering. PhD thesis: 'Medieval Irish Vision Literature: A Genre Study' (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2013: Mr Tadhg Ó Síocháin. MA dissertation: 'Scéal Ab Dhroimeanaigh: Eagrán Leathdhioplómaitiúil mar aon le Tráchtaireacht Liteartha, Anailís Teanga agus Aistriúchán Béarla' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2013: Mr Mathew Alexander Clements. MA dissertation: 'The Role of Raiding in Medieval Irish Literature and Society.' (Supervisor: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh).
2013: Dr Heather Colleen Key. PhD thesis: 'Between the Worlds: Otherworld Women as Intermediaries in Early Irish Literature' (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2013: Dr Gavin Dillon. PhD thesis: 'Betha Cholmáin maic Luacháin: An Ecclesiastical Microcosm of the Twelfth-century Irish Midlands' (Supervisor: Prof. Máire Herbert).
2012: Ms Martina Ní Mheachair: MA dissertation: 'De Gabail int Shída: An Edition and Literary Analysis' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2012: Ms Josephine O’Connell: MA dissertation: ‘Airem Muinntari Finn and Anmonna Oesa Fedma Find: Manuscripts, Scribes and Texts' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2011: Mr Paul Quinn. MA dissertation: 'Bretha Comaithchesa: Sources, Scholarship and Statistical Analysis' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2010: Ms Riona Doolan. MA dissertation: 'A Study of the Law Tract Coibnes Uisci Thairidne' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2010: Dr Jimmy Miller (Temple University, Philadelphia). PhD thesis: 'The Role of the Female Warrior in Early Irish Literature: The Case of Tochmarc Emire' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2009: Mr Philip Healy. MA dissertation: 'A Study of Hostages in Medieval Ireland: 600 – 1200' (Supervisor: Prof. Máire Herbert).
2009: Mr Peter Holzmann. MPhil thesis: 'Poetic Rhetoric of Praise in Medieval Ireland: An Edition of the Panegyric on Áed Oll' (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2009: Mr Andrew Byrne. MA dissertation: 'The Spear in the Ulster Cycle' (Supervisor: Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh).
2009: Dr Emma Nic Cárthaigh (University of Limerick). PhD thesis: 'Staidéar Stairiúil ar Áitainmneacha na Gaeilge dar Tosach ‘D’, Bunaithe ar Fhoinsí Sean-Ghaeilge, Meán-Ghaeilge, Nua-Ghaeilge Moiche agus ar Fhoinsí Laidin na hÉireann: Dá Ailt Déag Doirín Cranncha' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2008: Dr Eleanor Neff. PhD thesis: 'Beowulf and the Ulster Cycle: A Comparative Study of Narrative Parallels in Beowulf, Fled Bricrend and Táin Bó Cuailnge' (Supervisors: Prof. Pádraig Ó Riain and Prof. Eamonn Ó Carragáin, Department of English).
2007: Ms Jutta Libera. MPhil thesis: ‘Echtrae Chormaic: A New Edition of the First Recension’ (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2006: Dr Phillip Andrew Bernhardt-House. PhD thesis: 'Canids in Celtic Cultures: From Celtiberia to Cú Chulainn to the Kennels of Camelot' (Supervisor: Prof. John Carey).
2005: Ms Niamh Tobin. MA dissertation: 'Acallam na Senórach: A Thematic Approach' (Supervisor: Dr Kevin Murray).
2004: Dr Katja Johanna Ritari. PhD thesis: 'Defining the Christian Life: An Exploration of the Earliest Lives of Saints Brigit and Columba' (Supervisor: Prof Máire Herbert).
ANNUAL PALAEOGRAPHY AND MANUSCRIPT-BASED RESEARCH
INTENSIVE POSTGRADUATE WORKSHOP
5-6 SEPTEMBER 2016, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK
2016 Workshop Timetable (358kB)
- Palaeography and Codicology;
- Insular Scripts and Scribal Techniques;
- The Corpus of Medieval Irish Manuscripts;
- Modern Irish Manuscript Tradition;
- The Challenges of Editing: variant copies, critical v. diplomatic editions, normalisation, etc.;
- Digital Technology and Manuscript Research.
Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Dept. of Early and Medieval Irish, University College Cork.
AN PHAILÉAGRAFAÍOCHT AGUS TAIGHDE AR LÁMHSCRÍBHINNÍ:
5-6 MEÁN FÓMHAIR 2016, COLÁISTE NA hOLLSCOILE CORCAIGH
Is iad na hábhair a phléifear:
- Scripteanna Oileánda agus Modhanna Oibre na Scríobhaithe;
- Lámhscríbhinní Meánaoiseacha na hÉireann;
- Lámhscríbhinní Gaeilge na Tréimhse Iarchlasaicí;
- Fadhbanna Eagarthóireachta: Malairt Chóipeanna, Eagráin Chriticeacha v. Eagráin Dioplómaitice, Normálú, etc.;
- Léann na Lámhscríbhinní agus an Teicneolaíocht Dhigiteach.
Tuilleadh eolais le fáil ón:
Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Roinn na Sean- agus na Meán-Ghaeilge, Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh.
Workshop supported by the Graduate School, College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences, UCC.
The annual ‘Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research: Intensive Postgraduate Workshop’ is generally held each September on the Monday and Tuesday before the first week of the semester in the O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork. The event is supported by a grant from the Graduate School of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC; therefore there is no tuition fee.
Preliminary details are circulated in May and the final timetable is released in August each year.
The postgraduate workshop is aimed at MA, MPhil and PhD students wishing to receive research training in the use of Irish manuscripts, whether Medieval or Modern. The workshop takes place over two days in University College Cork and comprises several intensive seminars led by experts in the relevant fields. A wide range of manuscripts compiled in Ireland will be discussed including Old, Middle and Modern Irish texts as well as Latin and early English materials. Particular emphasis is placed on familiarising students with scripts and abbreviations, and on practical editing exercises. The seminar leaders are encouraged to share palaeographical issues from their own research with the students and to explore how certain difficulties can be overcome. The focus of the workshop is on skills applicable to a number of related research fields and on the creative exchange of expertise. There is also an opportunity for students to broaden their palaeographical experience beyond their own subject area.
Can this workshop be taken for Credit or Audit?
UCC students may take the workshop as a ten credit module (CC6008) if they complete a related project afterwards. This module is an option for registered students of the MA in Early and Medieval Irish and the MA in Celtic Civilisation in UCC.
PhD students in other subject areas in UCC may opt to take CC6008 as a discipline-specific postgraduate training module. This is available for credit to students studying in related disciplines and will not contribute to the final degree award. Students intending to take CC6008 are advised to contact the module coordinator Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh in the first instance.
Postgraduate students from other universities are also welcome to attend. However, UCC has no formal procedure for those who wish to take this workshop for audit (i.e., students may attend the sessions without completion of assessment). However, after attending the full two days of the workshop and with the agreement with the module co-ordinator Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, a student (UCC or otherwise) may apply to the Department of Early and Medieval Irish to be issued with a letter stating that the student audited the module. In such cases, the module will not appear on a student transcript.
The Department will also supply a letter of attendance, if requested.
CC6008 may also be taken on an individual basis as a Postgraduate Flexi-Option which allows you to experience an area of postgraduate study, without committing yourself to a full postgraduate programme. For more information see http://www.ucc.ie/en/media/academic/cacsssgraduateschool/PGFlexi-Options.pdf. For more information about CC6008, see http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/CC.html#CC6008.