Course Overview

The MLitt is a two-year, full-time (or four-year, part-time) postgraduate programme of research assessed by a major thesis of at least 40,000 words.

Staff in Old and Middle Irish and Celtic Studies have wide-ranging areas of interests, and welcome applications to undertake research in all of these.

Programmes Available

MLitt (Old and Middle Irish), full-time
MLitt (Old and Middle Irish), part-time

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

The usual minimum qualification is a primary degree in Irish, Celtic Studies, or similar, with a Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (or an equivalent international qualification). 

Many successful applicants already hold a Master's degree.

Admission to the MLitt is at the discretion of the potential supervisor and the Head of Discipline.  Initial enquiries should be made to the Head of Discipline.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

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Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

Dr Clodagh Downey;  Old and Middle Irish language; medieval Irish literature, including heroic, mythological and king-tales, and dinnsheanchas

Dr Graham Isaac;  Old and Middle Welsh poetry; comparative Celtic and Indo-European linguistics; ancient continental Celtic languages; general linguistics.

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha (Head of Discipline);  Old and Middle Irish language; editing of prose and verse texts; literary history, including issues of genre, hybridisation, authorship, patronage and provenance; early medieval Irish history.

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha
T +353 91 493 010

What Our Students Say


Eibhlín Ní Fhallamain |   MLitt in Old and Middle Irish

The MLitt and PhD in Old and Middle Irish provide the student with a firm foundation in the core competencies and critical methodologies essential for a true appreciation of the literature and language of Early Ireland, from both the national and European dimensions. The NUI Galway campus, due to its proximity to the Conamara Gaeltacht, offers a unique academic environment where the student can connect with the surviving reflexes of the earlier traditions, and enjoy all the benefits of the multicultural vibrant seaside city of Galway.