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


Study Irish Studies at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

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 experiene 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 (two semesters)

Start dates

  • September 2017
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


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.

Teaching and learning 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.

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



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.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more

Scholarships, awards and prizes


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.


Mrs Ros O' Hagan
School Admin Support
School of Irish Language
Room MA002
Magee Campus

T: +44 (0)28 7137 5277

F +44 (0)28 7137 5207