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M. Phil. in Irish Writing (M.Phil./P.Grad. Dip.)

Course Director: Prof Eve Patten

Course Code: TRT20
  • Students intending to apply for this course should click here for general details on how to apply.


One year, full-time

Closing Date:

31st March in the year in which admission is sought

What is it?

Irish Writing in English since the sixteenth century has involved a remarkable flowering of creativity in a wide variety of genres. Trinity College has often been to the fore in this and numbers such major figures as Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett among its graduates. The well-known contemporary writers William Trevor, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Eavan Boland, Sebastian Barry and Anne Enright continue a tradition that has seen many of the college's graduates contribute to Ireland's reputation as a country in which excellent writing is produced and celebrated.

The course in Irish Writing offers graduates in English or related disciplines (e.g. history, art history, Irish Studies, a modern language) the opportunity to study the broad range of Irish Writing in English. A central element of the course requires students to concentrate on four major literary figures: Jonathan Swift, W.B.Yeats, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. This course is accompanied by a further required course which offers students a series of perspectives on Irish Writing, from the sixteenth century to the present day. These elements are complemented by a series of option courses from which students are invited to select two in a given year, one in each semester.

The course is designed to be complete in itself but can serve as preparation for those wishing to proceed to further research in the field. Assessment is by presented essays and a dissertation.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second, GPA of at least 3.3). Some previous knowledge of Irish Writing is also desirable. Admission to the course is competitive due to a restricted quota.

Further Information

Students seeking more detailed information on this course should click on this link.


Course Director

Prof Eve Patten
School of English
Arts Building
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
Telephone: 353-1-896-1299

Course Administrator

Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing
School of English
Trinity College Dublin
21 Westland Row
Dublin 2
Telephone: 353-1-896-2885 (mornings)

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