Irish Studies is a broad field of area studies utilising a range of disciplines to explore holistically the history, culture and society of the island of Ireland and its global relationships.
The modules available reflect the range of Irish Studies expertise across the university and are designed to enable students to undertake research across a wide range of themes in and approaches to Irish Studies, to obtain research methods training in one or more disciplines, and to prepare to write a major dissertation in their chosen field of specialisation.
The aims of the programme are:
To enable graduates to undertake interdisciplinary postgraduate studies in Irish Studies and gain various benefits.
An advanced appreciation of the value of interdisciplinarity in Irish Studies.
An advanced understanding and experience of relevant research methods and skills.
An advanced appreciation of the value of academic approaches to some issues of historical and cultural debate and of contemporary public concern in Ireland.
A deepened knowledge of specific themes in Irish Studies reflecting the student’s personal interests and research agenda.
Irish Studies Highlights
Queen’s was ranked 3rd out of 199 universities worldwide and 2nd out of 44 UK universities for our Graduate School
Internationally Renowned Experts
There are more than 70 teachings and research staff in the university who specialise in Irish Studies related subjects and who work closely with the Institute of Irish Studies.
The MA in Irish Studies at Queen’s provides students with an unrivalled opportunity to examine Ireland in its global contexts. With options from Literature, History, Politics, Anthropology, and Sociology. The MA allows students to pursue challenging cross-disciplinary themes such as heritage and identities, language and arts, peace and conflict, reflecting the rich cultural legacy of Ireland across the world. Students will explore the possibilities and opportunities in interdisciplinary work in one of the world’s leading centres of Irish Studies research.
Based in Belfast, we have unrivalled access to the people that were part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland.
The Institute supports a series of weekly research seminars and a number of annual research events in Irish Studies.
In the National Student Survey 2019 History obtained 91% for overall satisfaction.
Queen’s is ranked 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
Queen’s is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellent (Times Higher Education, 2019)
Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)
Queen’s is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020)
Queen's is ranked 26th in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
Queen’s currently has over 3,000 international students from 85 different countries.
Queen’s was ranked 2nd out of 199 universities worldwide for satisfaction with social facilities.
11% of the Queen’s student population are international students