Interdisciplinary One-Year Masters Program in Irish Studies 2019, UK

Publish Date: Jan 21, 2019

Deadline: May 03, 2019



Follow your personal interests in Irish Studies through a wide range of specialist options

Includes courses from English, History, Anthropology, Politics, Sociology and Creative Arts - and new option module for 2018-19 on The Irish Novel in the 20th Century

The MA in Irish Studies is made up of 6 courses ('modules') and a Dissertation

Full time students take 3 modules in Semester 1 (S1: September to December); 3 modules in Semester 2 (S2: February to May) and complete the Irish Studies Dissertation (IRS7010) over the Summer (for submission by mid September).

In 2018-19 all full-time students will take IRS7011 'Belfast: Place, Identity and Memory in a Contested City' in Semester 1, and choose 2 additional options in Semester 1 and three in Semester 2.

Part-time students take either 1 or 2 modules each semester (3 per academic year) as advised by the programme director.

For 2018-19 we have a new Option Module (S2) on 'The Irish Novel in the 20th Century'

Irish Studies Module

Module is compulsory for all students taking MA Irish Studies, and open to students on other MA pathways as an option module

This module introduces students to themes in Irish Studies through an interdisciplinary case study of Belfast. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to consider the ways in which Irish and other identities (municipal, regional, ‘British’, religious, class, gendered etc) have been constructed and contested in the urban environment, in language, literature, political affiliations and social interactions, from the (re)establishment of Belfast as a colonial settlement in the 17th century, to the present day. Students will also be introduced to the ‘Belfast’ approach to Irish Studies as a subject of study dating to the foundation of the Institute in the 1960s, and encouraged to debate its continuing relevance and redefinition.

Fees, Funding, Accommodation


Mary McNeill, author of The life and times of Mary Ann McCracken, and a leading figure in the Irish Association, was a distinguished Irish historian.  This scholarship is founded in her memory.

Two scholarships to the value of £3,000 each are available for well–qualified students enrolling in the one–year MA in Irish Studies at the Queen’s University of Belfast in September 2019.  This scholarship is open only to residents of the USA or Canada, enrolling as overseas students on this MA course, and will take the form of a fee bursary covering part of their studnet fees.

Applications will be judged by a panel chaired by the Director of Irish Studies on the basis of academic merit and reasons for taking the course.

Closing date for applications is 3rd May 2019, by 5pm UK time.


Tuition Fees for Home and International Students: Postgraduate taught courses (MA) and Research (PhD)
The postgraduate tuition fees charged by Queen's are considerably lower than those of other universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In addition, Belfast is one of the most affordable student cities in Europe.

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