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MA Irish Folklore and Ethnology

The MA in Irish Folklore and Ethnology offers modules on a wide range of topics within the subject area, including research theories, the study of oral narrative, traditional music and song, fieldwork and archival methods, social tradition, popular belief systems, material culture, and Irish and European ethnology. It also offers students a choice of modules in subjects which are related to the study of Folklore and Ethnology, such as Modern Irish, Archaeology, and Cultural Policy.

The programme includes:

  • Training in original archival and fieldwork research and methods.
  • Access to the specialist library and archive holdings of the National Folklore Collection.
  • An opportunity for the student to pursue their research interests in the preparation and writing of a Master’s thesis on a subject of their choice, under the guidance of a member of the teaching staff in Irish Folklore,


  • the possibility of an internship, for a limited number of students and where suitable work is available, in a related cultural body such as the National Folklore Collection.

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