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Irish Writing (Master in Philosophy)

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Course Code: TRT20

Duration: One year, full-time

Closing Date: 30th April of year admission is sought. Late applications may be considered.  For further information please contact the Course Directors, Dr Julie Bates ( and Dr Sam Slote (

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Course Description:

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. At the heart of the course are two modules: Perspectives in Irish Writing and Mapping Literary Dublin. Both modules are designed to interrelate and give students a series of diverse perspectives on Irish Writing, from the sixteenth century to the present day. The Perspectives module is organised along four themes: Revision, Satire, Borders, and Identities. The Mapping Literary Dublin module will feature field trips to numerous sites within Dublin that form a part of Ireland’s literary history, such as Marsh’s Library, Smock Alley Theatre, and the National Library of Ireland.

In addition to these two core modules, students can choose two out of the following four term-long options: Ulysses, Samuel Beckett, Maria Edgeworth, and Big House Literature. Students will also take a module on research methods.

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.

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Qualification Requirements:

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. Students are required to take workshops, attend courses of lectures, and take one specialist writing workshop, while continuing to develop their own individual work throughout the year.


All enquiries on the M Phil in Irish Writing should be addressed to Course Director or Ms Sophia Ni Sheoin, Centre Senior Executive Officer, Oscar Wilde Centre, School of English Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Email:

Course Directors: Dr Julie Bates and Dr Sam Slote

Centre Senior Executive Officer: Ms Sophia Ní Sheoin