Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHX04 (FT), MHX05 (PT)

CAO Points :

The aim of this programme is to provide students with a professional training in advanced academic research in early Irish literature, language and history, to deepen their knowledge in specific areas of these, and to endow them with the research skills appropriate to work in this field.

Closing date

September (or other agreed time)

A student beginning an MLitt will normally have a high 2.1 in Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies in the BA or an equivalent qualification from elsewhere. A good knowledge of Old Irish is required in order to enter a research degree in Medieval Irish. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Prof David Stifter

Prof Stifter’s research interests lie in Early Irish language, philology and literature, in Ancient Celtic languages, and in comparative Celtic linguistics.

Dr Elizabeth Boyle

Dr Boyle's research focuses on the intellectual, cultural and religious history of medieval Britain and Ireland, especially Ireland's contacts with Britain and Continental Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries.

Dr Deborah Hayden

Dr Hayden's research interests centre on medieval Irish, Latin and Welsh language, literature and textual culture, in particular the history of linguistic thought and education in classical and medieval tradition; premodern Irish medical writing and its wider European context; early Irish lexicography; Irish and Welsh legal tradition; and translation literature.


As part of a structured programme, students will take 5 credits in generic/transferrable skills and 5 credits in subject-specific/advanced-specialist modules, particularly in the language of early Ireland and manuscript reading and textual editing.

Course Duration: 2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time

Successful completion of these programmes will equip the student for further academic work and for employment in heritage, libraries and related institutions.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHX04 Full-time
MHX05 Part-time 

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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