Modern Irish Culture Studies

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The Irish culture is one of great interest. Do you want to learn more about it? Have you a passion or interest for all things Ireland and Irish? If you have excellent research skills, communication skills and an interest in literature and music then this could be the perfect course for you. 

What is Modern Irish Culture Studies?

This course explores Irish identities and key aspects of the Irish culture, literature and music in historical and contemporary settings.

What 3rd level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas: 

  • Modern Irish Studies (Literature and Music) – NUIG


  • Commerce (International) with Irish
  • Irish Language, Literature and Translation
  • Gnó agus Gaeilge
  • Law and Irish 
  • Arts – Irish
  • Early and Modern Irish
  • Irish Studies
  • Irish Dancing with Exercise and Fitness (PLC)

Studying Modern Irish Culture Studies in college

This is quite a unique course that is not offered by a lot of universities in Ireland. At present, this exact course is only offered by NUI Galway. It is a Level 8, undergraduate course that is 3-4 years long. There are many similar courses available such as the options listed above if you have an interest in Irish as well as PLC courses which will normally be 1-2 years long. 

The first year of any undergraduate course will provide you with a strong foundation in relevant areas in order to equip you for the years to come throughout your course and into your career. Examples of modules you will study in this course will include Introducing Traditional Music and Dance since 1893, Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Irish Writing, Irish Music and Emigration and The Migrant Experience in Modern Irish Writing, to name a few. 

Your second year will introduce you to more in-depth and complex areas. Modules you will cover will include Festival, Ritual and Commemoration, Claiming Place in Gaelic Irish Literature,  Performing Ireland 2: Constructing Identities in Music and Dance, Irish Landscapes, Literature and Culture Time: Monday, 10-11am Venue: TB303 (Dr Nessa C, Music, Gender and Ireland and Negotiating Identities: Aspects of 20c Irish Writing. 

Third year will go a step further and help you develop your knowledge even further by covering modules such as Introducing Literary and Cultural Theory, Topics in Irish Music Studies and Topics in Irish Literature Studies as well as focusing on your Irish Studies Independent Research Project. 

Modern Irish Culture Studies is available as a three year BA Joint Honours option. You can choose Modern Irish Culture Studie (Literature and Music) as one of three subjects in first year and continue with Modern Irish Culture Studies (Literature and Music) as one of two selected degree subjects for their Second and Final Year studies.

Career Options

There are a number of career options in this area. Those who have graduated from this course or similar have continued on to work in areas from teaching, media and journalism to business, administration and marketing. 

There is also the option to continue your study at postgraduate level to specialise in a particular area of your interest. There are many opportunities in education and research.

Skills and requirements important in this area include excellent communication skills, linguistic skills, an interest in both subjects, time management skills, research skills, a critical mind, an analytical thinker, organisation skills and the ability to work well with others. A passion and wide interest in the Irish language and culture is necessary. 

Related Jobs

Optional through Irish:

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Researcher
  • Office/Admin work

Further Study

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Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always safest to check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English. 

PLC courses will accept Leaving Certificate results. Specific courses may have their own requirements.Certain QQI courses may be accepted. 

Points required to study Modern Irish culture Studies in NUIG last year were 200 points. 

Where can I study?

For other courses in the area you would like to explore, you can do so here.

Did you know?

  • The oldest remains of ancient Irish can be traced back to Ogham Stones from the 5th and 6th cent
  • Irish is one of the oldest living languages in Europe
  • Ireland is famous worldwide for its landscape, culture, food, alcohol, the arts, Riverdance and much more. 


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