Medieval Literature and Culture strand of the MA in Literature and Culture at UCD

Medieval Literature and Culture strand of the MA in Literature and Culture at UCD



it's a great idea to come to Dublin to study your medieval MA because Dublin is a city rich in medieval culture whether you want to see the urban spaces are even more rural spaces where we have older buildings out in the hinterland of Dublin as it were as well as that we have libraries and archives full of Anglo Saxon and Middle English material so it's it's an ideal spot really to come we admit only a small cohort of students so that we can conduct the classes in a friendly and discursive manner and the idea is that students are leading their own interest leading their own research as well as that we like to meet our students on a regular basis quite early on in the program actually in order to get them thinking about their dissertation which is due at the end of the first year because it is actually single year program so it's quite important the students get working on that quite early on and we try to give as much sort of guidance on that from the beginning as well as that we encourage our students to meet with other medievalists from other faculties and we've had a couple of social events or conferences are supposed depending on the sort of opportunity cuts around in any given year the MA program was a very welcoming spirit you know from where the tutors and lecturers were always very accessible and within the classes people got along very well it was a good a social side to it there's a lot of scope for self-directed learning in the MA you can basically choose your own areas of interests and pursue them and then you can get support from your lecturers or yours in that so it's good if you're considered and going on for a PhD you can really get to grips with find out what interests you and how to go about studying and researching so if a student comes to you city to do a medieval you are obliged to take an Atlas accent module or a module in Old English language and literature and we tailored that depending whether you're a beginner or an advanced student of Old English we oblige you to take a module industry research methods and your dissertation of course is a key part of the program and as well as that we oblige you to take a module in paleo grafite and the study of manuscripts then we give you some options whether you want to do later work 15th century or maybe look at some Renaissance modules or you might be interested in some of the newer thematized theoretical modules that the school is introduced in the area of digital humanities and Gender Studies I'd say my favorite part about them the MA and UCD where the small class sizes in the medieval modules there were all the modules as well where you got to mingle with the students from the other courses and order na courses in English so it was a good a good spirit in the school at the time so we're very proud of our graduates and not only to think I want to do PhDs and many of them are teaching in universities and schools all over the world but we also recognize that some of our graduates pick up what we call transferable skills and they find themselves working in the area of publishing and in the area of curating in archives and museums and often come back to tell us that and to celebrate that

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