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English (MA) [full-time/part-time]
Scholarships are available for this programme.
The MA in English is ideal for students who wish to build on the foundations of their undergraduate degrees by pursuing more advanced studies in English at postgraduate level, yet who also wish to retain the intellectual breadth of addressing a variety of literature, past and present. This MA offers an intensive specialist training in the study of literary texts and theories, and students explore sources as diverse as vellum manuscripts, serialised novels, contemporary bestsellers, digital texts or films.
English at NUI Galway has a number of particular research strengths in areas such as Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Book History, Theatre History, and Colonialism and Travel Writing. The MA in English allows students to take advantage of these and other areas while also pursuing their own topics of individual interest.
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Who Teaches this Course
- Dr Rebecca Anne Barr
- Dr Fiona Bateman
- Dr Victoria Brownlee
- Dr Dermot Burns
- Professor Daniel Carey
- Dr Clíodhna Carney
- Dr Marie-Louise Coolahan
- Professor Patrick Lonergan
- Dr John Kenny
- Dr Kimberly LoPrete
- Dr Frances McCormack
- Dr Charlotte McIvor
- Dr. Andrew Ó Baoill,
- Dr Muireann O’Cinneide
- Dr Adrian Paterson
- Dr Richard Pearson
- Professor Lionel Pilkington
- Dr Lindsay Ann Reid
- Dr Irina Ruppo
- Professor Sean Ryder
- Dr Elizabeth Tilley
- Dr Justin Tonra
Requirements and Assessment
1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
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Mode of study
1MEN1, full-time | 1MEN2, part-time
Students complete six seminar modules across Semesters 1 and 2, i.e., three modules each semester, for a total of 60 ECTS credits (for the full-time option). These modules will be assessed through a combination of written essays and other assessment formats, possibly including reflective journals, in-class presentations, book reviews, and/or take-home exams. In the summer session, students write a 15,000-word (30 ECTS credit) dissertation on a subject of their own choosing.
For the part-time option, students complete three seminar modules in years 1 and 2 of the programme (30 ECTS credits per year for a total of 60 ECTS credits). In the summer session of Year 2, students write their 15,000-word (30 ECTS credit) dissertation.
Modules potentially on offer each year include ones on Book History, Literature & Colonialism, Introduction to Digital Humanities, Cinema & Politics, Textual Studies, Medieval Aesthetics and Poetic Art, Thinking About Theatre, Young Ireland to the Free State: Writing in English 1849–1922, Critical Approaches, Representations of the Book in Literature and Film, Early Modern Print and Manuscript Cultures, Approaches to Culture & Colonialism, Travel Literature, Aspects of Old and Middle English Literature, Irish Drama and Theatre, The Nineteenth-Century Century Literary Marketplace, Nineteenth Century Periodicals and Serial Fiction, and Literature of North America, among others.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
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- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
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- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (90 Credits)Optional EN541: Colonialism In Twentieth Century Cultural Theory - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EN570: Book History - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IS105: Young Ireland to the Free State: Writing in English, 1849-1922 - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6102: Irish Drama and Theatre from Wilde to O'Casey - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IS106: Decline & Revival: Language, Literature & Society 1800-1939 - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional FM521: Critical Theory I - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GR554: Language & Intercultural Communication - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6123: Playwright's Workshop I - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EN601: Writing Workshop: Poetry - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EN6103: Representations of the Book in Literature and Film - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DJ6101: Journalism Studies - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional DT6113: Applied Dramaturgy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EN529: Dissertation - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Required EN6116: Writing and Research - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EN573: Travel Literature - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IS108: The Politics of Modernity: Writing in English, 1922 to the present - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EN522: Medieval Aesthetics And Poetic Art - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional IS109: Gaelic & Free: Cultural Politics & Writing in Irish since 1939 - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MV504: Old & Middle English - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EN597: Approaches to the Study of Culture and Colonialism - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EN547: Literature And Colonialism - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EN549: Cinema And Colonialism - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional DT6101: Irish Drama and Theatre from Beckett to the Present - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FM522: Critical Theory II - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EN6107: Practicum in English - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional FM6105: Digital Film and Culture - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EN610: The Nineteenth-Century Literary Marketplace - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EN527: Literature Of North America - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional DT6124: Playwrights' Workshop II: Adaptation - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EN6113: Writing Workshop: Poetry 2 - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EN6109: From Globe to Globe: Contextualising Shakespeare on stage and on screen - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional DT6119: Directing for Stage - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EN6125: WB Yeats and the Cultural Revolution - 10 Credits - Semester 2
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tull-time tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224. EU Full time programme: €6,015; EU Part time programme: €3,065 p.a.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.
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