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Overview

Achieve proficiency in written and spoken Irish and an in depth knowledge of your combination subject. Students will spend time in the Gaeltacht.

Summary

Study Irish with Management Studies at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The University offers a comprehensive range of programmes in Irish in both part-time and full-time mode at a number of centres which serve a diverse constituency of students. The breadth of Irish language provision at Ulster and the practice amongst staff and students of the School of Irish Language and Literature of using Irish as a primary medium of communication reflects the University’s strong commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity within Northern Ireland. The University’s Irish programmes play a vital role in preserving, sustaining and celebrating Ireland’s Gaelic literary and linguistic heritage as well as serving the demands of the Irish language sector within the local and international job market. At a personal level our programmes also fulfil the needs of individuals who wish to acquire the necessary competence to fully participate in the Irish language community as confident and independent users of the language. The BA programme has been designed to reflect the University’s vision of leading in the provision of professional education for professional life. The commitment to support graduates in gaining stimulating and fulfilling employment is one of the School’s primary concerns.

The Management Studies minor has been developed to appeal to those who will be majoring in non-business disciplines but who wish to gain a knowledge and understanding of business and management.

At Magee, you can study Irish as a single honours degree or as part of the combinations framework (major, main or minor) with other subjects (including Drama, Music, Computing, Marketing, Management Studies, Law).

Management Studies when taken as a minor comprises one third of the degree programme and is designed to provide students with an insight into key business and management issues. An important feature of the programme is the focus on the application of business principles in organisations which is reflected in the content of the modules and through engagement with industry.

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About this course

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About

Students on the programme will study Modern Irish language (grammar, pronunciation, writing) and Modern literature, as well as optional modules (depending on combination) in the development of the language since the Gaelic Revival, Irish Cultural Studies, Folklore, Irish Dialects and Translation. The literature modules will give you a solid understanding of writing in Irish from the early 20th century to the modern day, including the novel, short story, drama and verse, and the language modules will help you to achieve a high level of competence in written and spoken Irish.

Associate awards

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

3 years full-time.

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

A Level

The A Level requirement for this course is BCC∆ at A2 to include grade B in Irish.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an A level C grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

BTEC

BTECNational Extended Diploma

Overall BTEC National Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of a DMM award profile to include a minimum of 7 distinctions in level 3 units. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

BTEC National Diploma

The National Diploma may be accepted in combination with other qualifications. Where the requirement for Irish is fulfilled via a grade B at A level we normally ask for the Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the A level grade profile - grades CC∆ equivalent (see further below).

BC = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)

CC = Merit, Merit (To include 10 merits)

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

∆ = Diploma and Sub-Dip applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C ) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA/NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE

The Subsidiary Diploma/ National Extended Certificate is commonly accepted in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a Subsidiary Diploma and our standard A level offer is BCC∆ then we normally ask for BC at A level (B in Irish) with the Subsidiary Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the final A level grade C in the profile - see further below).

B grade = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions in level 3 units)

C grade = Merit (To include 5 merits in level 3 units )

D grade = Merit (to include 4 merits in level 3 units)

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades H3,H3,H3,H4,H4 at Higher level to include Irish at grade H3. Also Mathematics Grade H6 (HL) or Grade 04 or above (OL).

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is to include CCCCC∆. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C ) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades CDD∆. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C ) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points to include 12 at higher level. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Access to Higher Education

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is:

An overall mark of 65%

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:

Award of the HE Diploma in a related subject area, achieving a minimum of 15 credits at distinction and 21 credits at merit in the 45 level 3 graded credits.

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

GCSE

Please refer to the University’s general entrance requirements. GCSE Grade C or above in Mathematics is a requirement for this course.

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

Applicants holding a HND should achieve an overall Merit award (for entry to Year 1 ). Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish ( A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Applicants holding a HNC with overall Merit award will be considered on an individual basis for Year 1 entry only. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish ( A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Applicants studying on Ulster Foundation Degree courses should achieve an overall mark of 45% in level 5 modules for Year 1 entry only. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish ( A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Applicants who hold the Ulster University Diploma in Irish Language will be considered for year one entry.

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications. Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution) will be considered on an individual basis .

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching

Irish adopts a variety of strategies to encourage and support learning. These include lectures, seminars, practicals, conversation classes, and the provision of formative coursework such as written assignments and presentations. Lectures generally provide an overview of the subject matter to be covered, locate it contextually, direct attention to important issues of interpretation and provide a guide to primary and secondary literature. Seminars take a number of forms: intensive reading and critical examination of texts or discussion of a previously announced topic for which reading has been prescribed. The aim of seminars is to give students an opportunity to discuss material presented in lectures with their peers and their lecturer, to allow the lecturer to judge the degree to which students have understood the lecture topics, and to develop high-order intellectual skills such as critical thinking and transferable/professional skills such as oral presentation. Practicals generally take the form of small class groups and focus on the acquisition of subject-based skills such as reading skills, grammar, and pronunciation. A large proportion of modern language practicals take place in the Multimedia Language Labs and consist of both presentation of new material and linked exercises aimed at reinforcing and testing material covered by the tutor in that session. One-to-one tutorials are organised for the Dissertation.

There is a degree of differentiation in teaching methods according to level. In Year 1, various methods are used to assist students in the transition from School to University. In particular, CALL and multimedia are used in class to improve language skills, especially grammar. This provides students with a supportive environment in which they can take instruction from the tutor and immediately apply newly-acquired/revised knowledge without the pressure of public performance. Immediate feedback from CALL packages assures them that they are on the right track or alerts them/the tutor to any problems. In Years 2 and 3, greater independence is encouraged; CALL is used for independent study and students are expected to make greater independent use of media in Irish.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework assignments and formal examinations. In the final year, all modules except the dissertation are weighted 50% coursework and 50% examination; in Year Two, most modules are assessed entirely by coursework, but this includes a number of class tests. In Year 1, students are assessed by 100% coursework in the first semester, and by a predominance of 50% coursework/50% examination in the second semester. Assessment criteria are directly related to learning outcomes.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of an approved programme provided that they shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

Although students may transfer out of the programme to other courses within the University, transfer in is subject to this condition.

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.

The employability profile of our students in recent years has been more than impressive, with a disproportional number of our ex-students holding senior positions in Irish language organisations throughout Ireland. This includes: Chief Executive of Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (Irish medium education advisory body), Senior Programme manager with Foras na Gaeilge (cross-border body responsible for Irish), Programme Manager with CCEA, President of Comhaltas Uladh, Director of An Carn Translations, Principal of Gaelscoil an tSrátha Báin (Strabane Irish-medium primary school) and a Senior Producer in the BBC. The unprecedented growth of the Irish language in recent years has resulted in an increase of demand for services through the medium of Irish. Due to this, our students find themselves in the enviable position of being able to be circumspect when it comes to choosing the career path they wish to follow.

Graduates will also be well equipped to pursue postgraduate studies in the broad field of linguistics, folklore, Celtic Studies, translation and sociolinguistics.

Students completing a course with Management Studies are expected to gain employment at management level in areas such as management consultancy, general management, as well as careers in government agencies and other public sector bodies.

For information on postgraduate research opportunities see: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs.

Work placement / study abroad

Students can study abroad as part of Erasmus+.

Students can gain placement experience as part of Luach Breise.

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.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£12,890.00 - Please note that International tuition fees shown are for last year's entry.

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Prize for best final year dissertation.

Additional mandatory costs

Students visit the Gaeltacht for a week in the Autumn and in the Spring each year. The cost of each course is circa £125 to cover travel, accommodation, food, activities, excursions and classes.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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.

Contact

Ros O' Hagan

T: +44 (0)28 7137 5277

E: Irishmagee@ulster.ac.uk

For queries about your application or admission process please e-mail arts@ulster.ac.uk.

For more information about studying Management Studies as a minor please contact Miss Grainne Tuohy T: +44 (0)28 7167 5541; E: g.tuohy@ulster.ac.uk.

Testimonials

“The School of Irish creates a lot of opportunities to achieve excellence in Irish, for example, annual trips to the Gaeltacht and also assists in getting work in the Gaeltacht as summer school leaders. I really enjoyed the Irish course and the classes.”

“Is mór a chuaigh an chéim sa Ghaeilge i bhfeidhm orm. Bhí béim ar leith ar an Nua-Ghaeilge agus ar scileanna feidhmiúla teanga a chruthaigh cuid mhór deiseanna dom i ndiaidh an chúrsa. Bhí muid mar a bheadh pobal teanga san Ollscoil, rud a chuidigh liom agus mé ag cur le mo chuid Gaeilge.”