NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

Old and Middle Irish School of Languages, Literatures, and Culture College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MA DURATION: 1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 15 COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1OMI1, full-time; 1OMI2, part-time FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See page 284 for full details of when and how to apply.

Your Course The MA in Old and Middle Irish is designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in the Irish language and literature of the period c. 600–c. 1200. It is aimed at those who already have a good basic knowledge of Irish (medieval or modern) or another Celtic language and, in exceptional circumstances, at those who have an appropriate other background to undertake the study of Old and Middle Irish from the beginning. The programme offers taught modules in the following: • Grammar of Old and Middle Irish; • Literary History 600–1200; • Close reading of medieval Irish texts; • History, scholarship and culture in medieval Ireland; • Comparative Celtic Linguistics. Career Opportunities Graduates have found employment in teaching and academic research, publishing and the print and electronic media, and have developed careers in the interpretation and management of culture and heritage. The programme provides an excellent foundation for higher research programmes (MLitt and PhD) in many fields of Irish language and Celtic Studies of the medieval, the early modern and the contemporary period. The skills acquired are also highly relevant for research in medieval Irish history and archaeology. Minimum Entry Requirements NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent, Second Class Honours or equivalent. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. FIND OUT MORE AT: old-middle-irish.html

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1. You gain a thorough grounding in the native language of medieval Ireland and a deep understanding of its deservedly famous literature. 2. IIf your background is in Modern Irish, this course will open a panorama on the entire Gaelic tradition. If you have prior knowledge of other languages or literatures, it will greatly enrich your understanding of medieval Europe and Ireland’s place in it. 3. The programme provides an excellent foundation for MLitt and PhD higher research programmes.

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