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Can I apply for the course even if my primary degree is in a subject other than literature?

Yes if it is in a cognate discipline (e.g. a modern language).

Can I apply for the course if I do not have a primary degree?


Can I apply for the course if I already hold an MPhil from Trinity or from another institution?


What is the deadline for applications?

30th April in the year admission is sought.

How much does it cost to apply?

For more information on the cost of application, please follow this link.

How much does it cost to do the course?

For more information on fees payable, please follow this link.

Can I apply by post?


Can I apply online?

The only way to apply is online. Please follow this link in order to apply.

If I encounter technical problems filling in the application, how do I get help?

Please contact the Trinity College Dublin dedicated at the following link: with all queries concerning the application form.

What documents do I need?

You will be required to upload transcripts of your degree, together with a Curriculum Vitae and references.

Do I need to submit a writing sample?

No, this is not required for the M.Phil in Irish Writing.

Do I need to provide references?

You need to provide two academic references.

Is there any possibility of funding from Trinity?

The Graduate Studies Office has information on prospective student funding at the following link:

How many students do you accept each year?

Usually between 15 and 25.

My application has been submitted. Now what happens?

All applications are read carefully by a panel of assessors from which the list of offers and waiting list are compiled. Given the volume of applications, this process takes time. Decisions will made by early May.

I have been made an unconditional offer. What do I need to do?

If you wish to accept, you must pay a non refundable deposit of €500 within the timeframe specified by Graduate Studies when the offer is made. This secures your place on the course. If you do not wish to accept you must decline the offer, so that the place may be offered to someone else.

I have been made a conditional offer. What do I need to do?

The conditions attached will have been made clear when the offer is made. The most usual reason is final results pending for candidates who apply in the final year of their undergraduate course. Once these results become available they must be provided and a non refundable deposit of €500 paid within the timeframe specified Graduate Studies. The status of the offer then changes to unconditional and your place on the course is secured. If you do not wish to accept you need to decline the offer so that the place may be offered to someone else.

I have been told I am on a waiting list. What do I need to do?

You will be contacted by email if/when a place becomes available and an offer is made.

I have been offered a place but I wish to defer until next year. Is this possible?

Yes, but first you must pay a non refundable deposit of €500 to secure your place, and all other conditions of the offer must be met. You can then defer your place, but only for the following year.

How many hours of class are there per week?

See the timetable in the handbook, by following this link.

How much class-work is there, and how much individual supervision?

This is a taught MPhil and so the teaching takes place in class, over the course of two twelve week semesters, one before Christmas and one after. From the end of the teaching year in April until the end of August, students will complete a research dissertation. Each student is assigned an individual supervisor to oversee the dissertation process.