The emphasis in this course is on the modern language and culture. A range of modules will provide you with a broad understanding of diverse aspects of Irish culture and society and include filmmaking, the short story, the novel, and modern poetry. The growth of Gaelic identity is also explored and insight into the country���������s wider heritage is developed through the study of mythology, folklore and Scottish Gaelic.
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.
- The BA Irish will exempt you from examinations for An Teastas Gaeilge do Mh��inteoir�� Iarbhunscoile for teaching in the Republic of Ireland.
- We have former students in senior positions in various Irish language sectors and we maintain good links with media production companies, the translation sector and language promotion agencies.
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, Irish linguistics and Gaelic names. Queen's had the highest ranked research unit including Irish and Celtic languages in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. (REF 2014)
- Students receive intensive instruction in spoken and written Irish and the School supports a 3-week summer school in the Donegal Gaeltacht each year.
- Prizes and Awards• Foundation Scholarships: recognise outstanding achievement in Level 1• Donohoe prize: awarded for the highest mark in the oral examination in Level 2• Emrys Evans Book prize: awarded at Levels 1 and 2 for the best performance in the written language examination• Students receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral.
aspects of the culture. It is without a doubt everything I expected the course to be and more.'
BA Irish Graduate (2017)
Studying for a degree in Irish at Queen's 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.
Careers pursued by graduates in Irish can include teacher, language development officer, translator, manager, TV presenter, producer, writer and researcher. Graduates may also enter careers in business, management consultancy and software development.
88% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Starting salaries may be in the region of £21,800.
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(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
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.