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Engage fully with key aspects of language, literature, history and politics in a contemporary Irish setting.

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Engage fully with key aspects of language, literature, history and politics in a contemporary Irish setting.


Established in 2009 this unique range of programs in the field of Irish Studies is for international students only and, as such, affords students from all corners of the world the opportunity to engage fully with key aspects of language, literature, history and politics in a contemporary Irish setting. The City of Derry is alive with music, song, heritage and culture, and was the inaugural UK City of Culture in 2013.

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About this course

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The certificate and diploma programs encompass a complete Irish cultural experience. The holistic nature of the provision provides freedom of choice for participating students and offers a real insight into contemporary Irish culture and society. Field-trips and excursions are arranged to bring the learning experience beyond the classroom and lecture theatre and students sample caint, craic agus ceol (‘conversation, fun and music’) in both traditional and modern contexts.


Full-time (one semester).

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

The learning outcomes involving the knowledge and understanding of the subject are achieved, in the process of teaching and learning, through a combination of lectures (some of them dealing, in a synthetic way, with broad issues of language, literature, history, music and/or drama, and others focusing on the analysis of a selection (AdvCert: a sample) of texts, aural recordings, concepts, ideas and artefacts (K1, K3, K5), seminars and workshops, as well as through independent study (under varying levels of direction and
supervision), involving reading and analysis of a selection of primary texts, recordings and/or documents, study of secondary sources, preparation of assignments, and revision for examinations.

Assessment Methods

The achievement by students of the learning outcomes involving the knowledge and understanding of the subject is measured using a diversity of forms of assessment, including coursework essays, class tests, formal examinations, workbooks, projects, oral and/or aural assessment. The forms of assessment used on specific modules vary depending on the nature, contents, and level of the module; however, all students will be required to write a substantial number of essays, both in their own time and under controlled conditions, to sit formal examinations where required. In principle, all forms of assessment used on the programme measure the achievement of all the subject-related learning outcomes, but the relative weighting of the learning outcomes focused on may vary
across and indeed within modules.

Academic profile

All staff in Irish are members of The Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute which was rated the second in the UK for Celtic Studies in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Staff are actively involved in world leading research that informs the subjects they teach.


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Irish for Beginners

Year: 1

This module encompasses the sound system of the Irish language and drills in oral practice (basic tenses, patterns and vocabulary) for conversation ab initio.

Irish Folklore

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module provides an elucidation of important aspects of Irish folklore and legends.

Northern Ireland: Culture and Identity

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module will provide an analysis of culture and identity politics in Northern Ireland in both historical and contemporary contexts. It will draw attention to other comparable situations.

Social Structures of Ireland

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module is intended to provide an introduction to the study of Irish society North and South since the early 20th century. It aims to increase awareness and provide the means for better analysis of the socioeconomic system of contemporary Ireland.

The Irish Outlaw: The Making of a Nationalist

Year: 1

This module is optional

A study of the Irish outlaw in his various political, socio-economic, historical, historiographical and cultural contexts

The Fighting Irish: The Irishman at War since 1534

Year: 1

This module is optional

This course will examine the emergence and the evolution of the `Fighting Irishman' in history, literature, art, iconography, film and media. Lectures and readings will deal primarily with the period between the Reformation (1534) and the Good Friday Agreement (1998). Especial emphasis will be placed on Irish involvement in 17th and 18th century Europe and the Americas; Irish participation in the American War of Independence, the war of 1812, the Civil War and the subjugation of native American peoples. The course will also focus on the historical and military contexts of this tradition, and the ideologies (royalist or republican, nationalist, unionist), which often prompted military service.

Contemporary Irish Theatre

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module looks in detail at contemporary Irish theatre practice and in doing so enables students to focus their understanding of contemporary Irish theatre by placing it in a range of relevant discursive and theoretical contexts. Students will read a range of contemporary playtexts and see a range of performances. This module is taught by seminar and assessed by 100% coursework.

Irish Traditional Music

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module will provide students with an overview of the sounds, conversations, communities and contexts of traditional musics in Ireland with a view to developing critical thinking and commentary skills in relation to issues raised.

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


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

This course is open to those international students who are undertaking a period of study abroad at Ulster.

Exemptions and transferability

Credit Points earned at Ulster can be transferred to the home institution of visiting international students.

Careers & opportunities

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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



How to apply Request a prospectus

Application is directly to the University via an online system Please apply for the Study Abroad programme stating your interest in the Irish Studies course - you can register on the Irish Studies course on arrival at Ulster.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 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:

England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

£9,250.00  Discounts available

£14,060.00  Scholarships available

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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School of Arts and Humanities


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