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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • BBC
  • Colaiste Feiste
  • Conradh na Gaeilge
  • Foras na Gaeilge
  • The European Parliament

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Irish Language officer
  • Primary School teacher
  • Presenter


Study the Irish language from the start.


This course builds your fundamental knowledge of Irish to enable you to communicate effectively in written and oral forms.

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About this course

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The Diploma in the Irish Language represents an exciting opportunity for a wide range of people to study the Irish language from a completely new beginning. Over the two years you will receive a solid grounding in the key areas of Irish pronunciation, conversation, grammar and reading and writing skills.

On completion, you will be able to display fundamental oral and written communicative skills in Irish, demonstrate a knowledge of Irish grammatical structure and be able to read selected items from the literature.

As well as serving as a possible pathway for entry to a BA degree in Irish, the course can be seen as a free-standing unit in its own right which will help open up third level education to a wider audience.


Part-time (2 years). Classes take place from September to May every week (Monday 5.30pm - 8.45pm) with additional lectures/seminars either being offered every second Wednesday or in blocks. The course includes on-line tuition and a full induction is provided for those with no computing experience.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

There are no specific A Level requirement for this course.

Applied General Qualifications

There is no specific BTEC award profile for this course.

Irish Leaving Certificate

There is no specific overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile for this course.

Scottish Highers

There is no Scottish Highers requirement for this course.

Scottish Advanced Highers

There is no specific Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course.

International Baccalaureate

There is no overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum for this course.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

There is no overall Access profile for this course.


GCSE profile to include a pass in English Language plus 4 other subjects at grade C or above (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements


Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • BBC
  • Colaiste Feiste
  • Conradh na Gaeilge
  • Foras na Gaeilge
  • The European Parliament

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Irish Language officer
  • Primary School teacher
  • Presenter

Career options

Employment opportunities exist in a wide range of areas including education, the media, publishing, government, librarianship and various areas of business.

Work placement / study abroad


Academic profile

Full-time staff in Irish are actively involved in world leading research that informs the subjects they teach. They are all also qualified to teach in higher education, combining subject knowledge with expertise in the classroom.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Apply online via the University's website at

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


For further information about this programme, contact the School of Arts and Humanities on +44 (0)28 7167 5133 or email Catherine Russell at

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