This course is concerned with Early Irish language and literature in the period from 600AD to 1200AD, and focuses on the study of language, grammar, texts, and their historical and literary contexts. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in close reading of sources, and in close analysis of the medieval Irish language. You will also have the opportunity to study medieval Welsh and Latin, and to take advanced courses in literary studies, palaeography, and textual editing. Provision has been made for supervised independent research to allow you to broaden and deepen your scholarly interests, while a 20,000-word thesis gives scope to postgraduates to complete a significant piece of work in a specific area of interest.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
CC6003 Early Irish Texts (10 credits)
40 credits from the following:
CC6004 Medieval Welsh (10 credits)
CC6005 Research Seminar (10 credits)
CC6006 Special Topic (10 credits)
CC6007 Research Presentation (10 credits)
CC6008 Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research (10 credits)
CC6011 Continuing Old Irish (10 credits)
CC6010 MA Dissertation (40 credits)
Note: The Dissertation, of no less than 20,000 words, must be on a topic chosen in consultation with the Department. The Dissertation may be written through the medium ofIrish or English.
For further details and descriptions of the modules, see the Postgraduate College Calendar
On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- translate selected Early Irish texts
- comment grammatically on particular words, phrases or sentences within these texts
- transcribe Early Irish texts from manuscript sources
- write and present a research paper on an agreed topic
- translate selected Medieval Welsh texts
- submit the results of supervised research in a dissertation of 20,000 words, with full scholarly apparatus
Postgraduate Diploma in Early and Medieval Irish
Candidates who pass Part I and opt not to proceed to Part II of the Master's programme may register for CC6002 (10 credits) and, on successful completion of CC6002, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Early and Medieval Irish. Students must submit CC6002 (comprising of an Annotated Bibliography and Project) to the Department by the second Friday in September in the same academic year or may register for CC6002 in the following academic year (part-time), following completion of Part I.
Candidates who pass Part I and opt to proceed to Part II of the Master's programme and who fail, or fail to submit, Part II may register for CC6002 in the following academic year (part-time), and upon successful completion, will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Early and Medieval Irish.
A student who subsequently applies to continue to Master's level must do so within 5 academic years of successful completion of Part 1.
Postgraduate Certificate in Early and Medieval Irish
Candidates who pass at least 30 credits of taught modules may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Early and Medieval Irish.
Course Code: CKE24 Full-time; CKE08 Part-time
Course Title: Irish - Early and Medieval Irish
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: EUR 6,000 full-time; EUR 3,000 per year part-time
2016 Entry Requirements: You will have a 2.2 honours primary degree or higher in Early and Medieval Irish. (See detailed entry requirements).
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
For the full-time one-year option, you are required to choose modules to the value of 50 credits. Most modules have a value of 10 credits and involve weekly classes for the duration of the academic year (24 weeks). Depending on options, a full-time student will have a minimum of 5 classes per week (though many will also contain weekly assignments); students may also choose to attend the two-day palaeography workshop held annually in early September. For one-on-one supervised studies, and for the 40-credit dissertation, students are expected to meet with their supervisors on a regular basis.
After you have chosen the modules you wish to study, you are expected to attend regularly and participate fully in taught classes. Attendance at Old Irish language classes and the weekly Department research seminar is compulsory. In areas of supervised study, supervisors for the relevant modules will be organised by the teaching staff of the Department. The thesis topic and supervisor will be chosen by you in consultation with members of staff. The MA in Early and Medieval Irish entails a lot of reading and study Â— happily; the library facilities in UCC are particularly good in our subject area.
The taught modules are generally assessed by continuous assessment and by end-of-year examinations. In palaeography and the supervised-study modules, assessment is by essay/project while in the research presentation, public delivery to an academic audience is also assessed. The MA dissertation is graded by an external examiner.
Full details and regulations governing examinations for each course will be contained in the Marks and Standards Book and for each module in the Book of Modules.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early for an early decision
Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of this form is available to view here:CKE24AdditonalQuestions (9kB)
All other required supporting documentation (e.g. letters or reference, copies of non-UCC exams results) must either uploaded via the PAC "Application Status" link or posted sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway.
Further Contact Information
Ciara NÃ ChurnÃ¡in
T: +353 (0)21 490 3360