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Irish Studies

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Irish Studies courses

Be inspired by our Irish Studies programmes.

  • Irish Studies BA (Hons)
  • Irish Studies MRes
  • Irish Studies MPhil / PhD
  • Continuing education offers a diverse range of courses, lectures and events, drawing on the experience and expertise of the University's academic community. Courses are open to all, regardless of qualifications or purpose for study.
  • We don't currently offer continuing education courses in this subject area. Visit continuing education for all courses now available.
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) offers a wide range of workforce development and training programmes, designed to maximise professional potential.
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Create a combined degree

Combine subjects to create a 50/50 (joint) or 75/25 (major/ minor) degree to suit you.

King Charles III and President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins are joint patrons of the Institute of Irish Studies since 2019

1988 is the year when the Institute of Irish Studies was established

Multi-million pound Blair Chair endowment from the Irish government was awarded in 2007 in recognition of our world-leading reputation

Being Original

We are the original redbrick. Find out what being original means to our students and what it could mean for you.

The small classes give the department a really intimate feel. The lecturers get to know you so you feel comfortable to make a valid contribution in lectures and tutorials. They are experts in their fields and keen to share this expertise with you, for example one lecturer arranged for a ceili band to come in to demonstrate the various types of music we had been studying.

Joe Lawrence - Irish Studies BA (Hons)

Meet us


We are never say die, and always ready to give things a go. Wholehearted and determined to find our own way forward– no matter where we started from. Study with us, and shine in your own way.

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