Students on the BA Irish and History will receive intensive tuition in the Irish language with three hours of language instruction each week. You may also chose from a wide range of modules relating to Irish culture and society such as film-making, the short story, poetry, Gaelic identity, mythology and Scottish Gaelic. In History, there is a wide choice of modules spanning a long chronological period from Ancient History through to the Contemporary History of the late twentieth century and include modules on Irish history.
History and Irish Degree highlights
Queen's is the top ranked Irish programme in the Sunday Times Good University 2016.
- You will have a chance to spend up to a year studying business in the US or you can take a semester at another university in Europe.
- We have former students in senior positions in most Irish language sectors and we maintain good links with media production companies, the translation sector and language promotion agencies. Several modules include links with local collaborative partners, which provide students with opportunities to network with experts in the field or to gain experience of particular industries prior to graduation.
World Class Facilities
- Queen's has an excellent library for Irish materials and an outstanding collection of resources relating to Ireland.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Queen's has world-leading experts in the history of the Irish language and literature and had the highest ranked research unit including Irish and Celtic languages in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
- Students receive intensive instruction in spoken and written Irish and the School supports a 3-week summer school in the Donegal Gaeltacht each year.
Studying on this pathway will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, particularly in a world where critical thinking, cross-cultural awareness and communication skills are at a premium.
Typical careers include teacher, language development officer, translator, manager, TV presenter, producer, writer and researcher. Graduates may also enter careers in business, management consultancy, museums, archives and libraries, and software development
88% of graduates in Irish are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Starting salaries may be in the region of £21,800.
Employment after the Course
Former graduates in Irish have gone on to work as teachers, translators, language officers, and researchers. Many have taken up employment in the media as presenters and producers. Graduates may also enter careers in business, management consultancy and software development.
Queen's has strong links with a number of employers including the Department for Communities, the BBC, Irish Language Broadcast Fund and other media companies, and employers are routinely invited to address the Irish students. Many of our students work in primary and secondary schools as classroom assistants and language assistants while studying for their degree. Other opportunities to gain employment experience are provided by media companies located in the area and theatre and community groups in Belfast.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
Students receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral.
The Donohoe prize is awarded for the highest mark in the oral examination in Level Two
The Emrys Evans Book prize is awarded at Levels One and Two for the best performance in the written language examination.
There are a number of undergraduate prizes available to top-performing students in Irish. In addition to Foundation Scholarships recognizing outstanding achievement in Level One, we have a range of endowed prizes.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.