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Irish Writing (Master in Philosophy)

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Course Code: TRT20

Duration: One year, full-time

Closing Date: 7th July 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 regard 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.

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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