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English MA

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Course Details


Duration: 1 Year FT 2 Year PT

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Tina O’Toole
School of English, Irish and Communication
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Brief Description

The MA in English provides opportunities and skills for the advanced study of literatures in English, literary and cultural theory, and textual practices. Students will develop expertise in self-directed learning and the pursuit of independent research as they also become familiar with current critical conversations in such areas as Irish studies, migration studies, modernism, postcolonialism, gender and sexuality studies, and early modern studies.

  • To broaden and deepen the students' knowledge of literatures in English, literary and cultural theory, and textual practices;
  • To provide students with a knowledge of the cultural, political, and historical contexts of literary movements and genres;
  • To ensure that students can engage with current critical debates in the areas of, for example, modernism, post-colonialism, utopianism, gender and literature, and migration studies;
  • To enable students to develop their writing and editing skills in the production of a literary magazine;
  • To enhance students' analytical and critical thinking skills, to instruct them in the use of both traditional and technological research resources, and to provide them the opportunity of completing substantial original research;
  • To provide students with the opportunity and skills for independent research and self-directed learning;
  • To enhance students' career opportunities, including the provision of the knowledge and skills required to advance to doctoral degree studies.
 Autumn Semester  Spring Semester   Summer
  • CU6051 Literary and Cultural Theory
  • EH6081 Advanced Editing 1: Creating a Literary Journal


  • EH6011 Literary Modernism
  • EH6021 Gender & Sexuality in Irish Writing
  • EH6031 Literature, Film, and Human Rights
  • CU6041 Literature of Migration
  • CU6051 Cultural Constructions of the Past
  • EH6002 Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Studies
  • EH6082 Advanced Editing 2: Creating a Literary Journal

Electives (choose two)

  • EH6032 Issues in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • EH6042 Feminist Literary Theory: Perspectives on Women & Literature
  • EH6012 Politics and American Literature
  • EH6022 Postcolonial Theory and Literature
  • EH6062 Irish Americas in Literature and Culture
  • EH6072 Situating Irish Gothic
  • CU6012 Utopian Theory and Texts
  • CU6002 Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity
  • Dissertation

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules

Candidates will be required to meet a minimum entry requirement of 2.2 (Level 8 Honours Degree, National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in an English-related degree or an approved equivalent qualification.  For non-native speakers of English an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score in the range of 7.0 is required.

What to Upload with your Application:

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification(s) if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translation of your transcripts/certificates where the original transcripts are in a language other than English
  • A personal satement
  • Two (2) academic letters of reference
  • A 500-700 word writing sample, providing a literary-critical response to a text that really engaged or provoked you during your undergraduate studies (this can be an extract from a longer essay submitted in fulfilment of your final year assessment).
  • A copy of your Birth Certificate (long document)


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 7.0 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

The Master of Arts in English programme at the University of Limerick has helped me to refine my skills as a researcher, writer, editor, and academic. My ability to organise research, contruct ideas, deploy theory, syntheise information, and express thoughts creatively have all improved dramatically. I would recommend this programme for any student with a passion for English literature, intellectual exploration, and participation in the development of modern academia.

Lauren Cassidy, Class of 2018-19


The MA in English enabled me to explore a variation of modules.  Through this exploration, I was able to be more creative when it came to my writing style. By the end of the MA I had better confidence in my writing abilities.

Sandrine Ndahiro, Class of 2018-19