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Irish Studies An Interdisciplinary Course in Irish Civilisation

Liffey Swim Jack Butler Yeats This is an exciting interdisciplinary programme, devised by the English department, the History department (both ranked in the top 50 in the world), and the Irish department, in collaboration with the departments of Geography (ranked in the top 50 in the world), History of Art and Film/Drama. This programme offers a unique opportunity to study outside the traditional academic disciplines and to experience the integration, creativity and freedom associated with an interdisciplinary education while still taking courses in established subjects such as History, English, and Irish. The emphasis throughout is on the interaction between Ireland and the wider world, including specific courses in British, European and American History and Literature. No other Arts/Humanities programme in Trinity College provides you with such a diverse range of options, thus guaranteeing a rich and rewarding educational experience, which will stand you in good stead in a competitive employment market that is demanding increasing flexibility.

Irish Studies Handbook 2014-15

There are two distinct strands in the Irish studies programme:

Strand A All courses in this strand are taught through the medium of English. Note: There are no special entry requirements for Strand A.


Strand B This strand contains a number of Irish language modules. Note: Applicants who wish to choose this strand must attain at least a grade HC3 in Leaving Certificate Irish or a grade C in A-level Irish.

Students choose one strand after admission to the Irish Studies programme.

Irish Studies is an accredited degree programme with the Teaching Council for the following subjects:
Strand A: English and History
Strand B: Irish and History

Is this the right course for you?
If you have an interest in the history, literature, and culture of Ireland in a broad, interdisciplinary, comparative context then this is the programme for you. Students are encouraged to avail of the full range of academic opportunities provided by Trinity College. For example, students on this programme have successfully competed for the TCD Foundation Scholarship and chosen to study abroad on the Erasmus programme in their third year.

Course Content: (Strand A/Strand B)
There will be a mixture of compulsory courses in years 1-3 and optional courses in the final year, allowing you to specialise in areas where you have developed particular interests. Assessment throughout the four years will be a mixture of continuous assessment and examination. Students will also write a dissertation in their final year.

Career Opportunities:
Graduates in Irish studies can expect to arrive at a diverse range of career destinations, where the interdisciplinary nature of the programme will provide a distinct advantage; in particular, teaching as well as journalism, arts and heritage administration, the civil service, the diplomatic corps, publishing, media work, translation services, public relations etc. In terms of further education, graduates from this course have already been accepted onto postgraduate programmes in Oxford, Durham, Trinity College, Queen's University Belfast, NUI Galway, and elsewhere.

Further Information:
Tel: +353 1 896 2626

Contact: Pat Carty Last updated: Oct 17 2016.