MA Gaelic Literature

Online MA in Gaelic Literature

The Online MA in Gaelic Literature offered by the Department of Modern Irish aims to provide students with an in-depth introduction to the texts and authors that, through a period of over 1,200 years, created a distinctive literature of incredible variety, giving expression to the many identities of the Gaelic world.

The MA in Gaelic Literature is taught completely online. It may be taken full-time (in one year) or part-time (in two years). The course is taught in English, no prior knowledge of any Gaelic language is required. The student chooses six taught modules from a menu that includes a module on the Irish Language for beginners; and completes a minor dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words. Access to all reading material is provided as part of the course. As registered students of University College Cork, course-participants are entitled to use all the electronic resources available through the Boole Library.

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 Congratulations to our recent graduates:

2018 Graduates Noirin Gannaon agus Mary Ward MA Gaelic Literature

Online MA in Gaelic Literature:  Two of our seven graduates, Nórín Gannon (Mayo) and Mary Ward (California), with Prof. Ó Macháin (Spring Conferrings, 2018)


Irish/EU €4,800 FT; €2,400 PT
Non EU €7,000 FT; €3,500 PT
Application is made via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) system.


For further information, please contact Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin ( or visit:


Testimonials from Current Students

‘This program examines and interprets Gaelic history, culture and society through the rich medium of its oral and written traditions. Literature here is defined expansively; the course begins with the oldest manuscripts and moves on to the present using texts sacred and secular; letters, diaries, and travel accounts by the Irish abroad; lyrics of ballads, work songs, lullabies and laments; poetry and memoirs; speeches, political writings and journalism; myths, place names and folklore; and the history of the language itself. The coursework is challenging and engaging; the lecturers first-rate and responsive; and there is a fine collegial atmosphere among an international group of students of all ages and backgrounds.’ – Ellen (Maryland, USA)

‘I'm really enjoying the course and the course materials. It's exactly what I wanted to study.’ – Siobain (Italy)

‘For people with . . . reduced abilities, I would call this program very accessible.’ – Johanna (California, USA)

‘I'm enjoying the course immensely and am finding it fascinating, stimulating and hugely enjoyable. The discussion boards and online delivery are working very well and I'm finding the interaction with my fellow students hugely beneficial.’ – Barry (Leeds, UK)

‘No one else offers a programme like this online. UCC offering this programme has allowed me finally to pursue a decade-old dream and to make that dream a reality . . . It is a fantastic course, of which I am proud to be a part’ – Falicia (Florida, USA)



Read a description of the course modules here: 2019-2020 MA Gaelic Literature Taught Modules and Timetable [PDF]


This online M.A. forms an exciting part of our long-term commitment to distance learning. It will enable interested students of all ages to take an MA in the central element of Ireland's heritage without ever leaving their homes.

Course description: Gaelic Literature MA - CKD13 FT; CKD14 PT

Brochure: Online MA in Gaelic Literature brochure [PDF]

Department of Modern Irish

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