UCC Postgraduate courses

English - Irish Writing and Film

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    English - Irish Writing and Film

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021


  • Entry Requirements

    Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent qualification in English or a cognate subject. See Requirements for full details.

  • Start Date

    Programme not on offer 2021/2022

Course Outline

The MA in Irish Writing and Film will introduce you to an exceptionally rich body of cultural texts whose breadth and diversity continues to generate scholarly debate. With expert guidance, you will discover the historical and cultural contexts that inform Irish culture up to the present day, and engage in debate on a wide range of issues. You will read key texts from the eighteenth century to the present and be encouraged to engage with some of the most influential critical and theoretical models currently being applied in the analysis of Irish literature and film. You will also develop independent research in the field under the expert guidance of our academics, all of whom are themselves authors of important studies of Irish culture.

The MA in Irish Writing and Film is made up of five taught modules (Part I) and a dissertation (Part II), which together form 90 credits.

Writers studied include Jonathan Swift, Edmund Burke, Maria Edgeworth, Gerald Griffin, James Clarence Mangan, Sheridan Le Fanu, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, Samuel Beckett, Kate O’Brien, Frank O’Connor, Brian Friel, John McGahern, Éilis Ní Dhuibhne, Anne Enright, Marina Carr and Colm Tóibín.  Classic Irish films such as Man of Aran and This Other Eden are studied alongside more recent texts, while you will also engage with the work of such notable new Irish filmmakers as Lenny Abrahamson.

Taught Element
The subject modules and the Literary Research Skills module comprise the taught element of the MA and run from September to March. The subject modules introduce students to the specific thematic area of their choice. The Literary Research Skills module aims to equip MA students for the development and implementation of their research strategy through the acquisition of a range of research skills.

Research Element
Dissertation: the dissertation will be written between March and the end of August, and will be submitted in September. It will be supervised by a member(s) of staff, after consultation and agreement, and will be 15,000 to 17,000 words. Supervision will take place between March and the end of August.

Part 1

  • EN6009 Contemporary Literary Research: Skills, Methods and Strategies (10 credits)
  • FX6010 Irish Cinema:  History, Contexts, Aesthetics (10 Credits)

Three of the following four Modules:

  • EN6047 Irish Culture: Colonial, Postcolonial Transnational (10 credits)
  • EN6048 Gender and Sexuality (10 credits)
  • EN6049 Gothic to Modernism (10 credits)
  • EN6050 Space and Place in Irish Writing and Film (10 credits) (not on offer 2021-22)

Note: Subject to the approval of the MA programme co-ordinators, students may substitute one 10-credit module with a 10-credit module from one of the other two English MA programmes: Modernities and Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance.

Part II

  • EN6017 Dissertation (40 credits)

For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

The course involves a combination of seminars, information sessions, directed study, consultation, presentations, self-directed study and associated reading and research. You will undertake independent research for your dissertation in close consultation with your supervisor.

Continuous assessment of written assignments, in-class assignments, seminar participation and presentation, research journal, literature and IT review, and research presentation.

The MA in Irish Writing and Film is taught by expert scholars whose books and essays continue to shape debates in the field. These include:

Prof Claire Connolly

Prof Alex Davis

Dr. Anne Etienne

Dr. Adam Hanna

Dr. Marie Kelly

Dr Heather Laird

Dr Barry Monahan

Dr Maureen O'Connor

Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir

Dr Eibhear Walshe

Why Choose This Course

This course will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of Irish literature and film while also encouraging you to develop as an independent and creative researcher and writer. The MA is taught by a deeply committed team who are actively engaged in research and who have international reputations in the study of Irish culture. Our team will guide and mentor you in your choice of dissertation topics and provide strong academic support throughout the degree.

The MA in Irish Writing and Film draws on rich academic expertise from our School of English. The course is unusual in integrating the study of Irish literature and film within a carefully designed academic programme and in teaching the entire history of Irish literature and film from the early eighteenth century to the present within innovatively designed modules. This course will offer you a unique opportunity to receive expert teaching in Irish culture while advancing new research and developing your own critical voice.

Our School of English has a high concentration of staff with expertise in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Irish cultural theory, the study of Irish modernism and the study of gender and sexuality. We also offer innovative teaching in such cutting-edge approaches as ecocriticism, pscyhogeography and transnational poetics.

Skills and Careers Information

This course will prepare you for a career that demands skills in independent thinking, effective writing, critical and creative approaches to problem-solving and an understanding of culture in a broad sense.

The MA lays strong foundations for study at higher degree level and on graduation, you can opt to go on to PhD study and to an academic career. Other career paths that emerge from this high quality and flexible graduate course include journalism, digital media, arts management, marketing and secondary and further education, publishing and information sciences.

Skills gained as part of this course include effective writing, an ability to undertake independent research, strong communication skills, excellent organisation and creativity and independent thinking.

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To be considered for admission to an MA programme within the School of English, an applicant will normally possess a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) level or higher or equivalent qualification in English or a cognate subject. All candidates must satisfy a Selection Committee who may request applicants to provide letters of reference.

For North American students a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 is expected.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,130.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €16,080.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

  • Please detail your computing/technical/IT skills.
  • Please add the name and email address of 2 referees.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early for an early decision.

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