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Mary Immaculate College

Limerick , Limerick ,Ireland

MA in Modern English Literature

Run by the English Department in Mary Immaculate College since 2002, this highly-successful and popular one-year taught Master of Arts programme in Modern English Literature has graduated over 146 students and 97% of these students have graduated with an honours MA degree.

Key Features
The aims of the programme are:

To widen and deepen student's knowledge and appreciation of English literature and contemporary critical theory
To familiarise students with traditional and modern technological sources for research in English literature
To equip students with the knowledge and skills required for doctoral studies
To enhance students' career opportunities
Numbers each year are capped at 10 so that individual attention is guaranteed. All students are required to take six modules and submit a thesis. Part-time students may also be admitted but in their case completion of the programme will take two years.

Modules will be delivered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the academic year from 4-6pm.

Career Opportunities
Potential career options include but are not limited to:

Teaching at primary and/or post-primary level; entry to PhD programmes; technical writing; journalism; media work; copyediting; civil service; web editing; academic administration, magazine publishing (hard copies and online editions); advertising and marketing; arts administration; library administration; teaching English language and literature in other countries; Human Resources; digital copywriter; lexicographer; online editor; webmaster; social media administrator/editor/manager; research administrator; researcher; information officer; instructional design; Irish heritage studies; genealogical studies; tourism; public relations; commerce journalist; digital education coordinator; online and blended learning administrator/manager/content provider; digital teacher; digital marketing; corporate blogger; market researcher; policy analyst; search engine optimiser and data analysis.

Campus Information

Limerick Campus


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Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Mary Immaculate College is an autonomous, university-level, Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts. Founded in 1898, and linked academically with the University of Limerick, MIC is the oldest higher education institution in Limerick.

Significant expansion in recent decades has seen the College’s menu of educational programmes expand across two impressive campuses, one based in the heart of Limerick City and one in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The diverse student community is made up of more than 5,000 learners, participating in twelve undergraduate degree programmes and a wide range of postgraduate programmes up to and including doctoral level. Academic staff members engage in professional academic research activities, and research underpins all teaching and learning at the College.  

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Postgraduate (Taught) Entry Requirements

A four-year or three-year honours degree in a relevant discipline from a recognised university. First-division results are required with a minimum overall grade of 60%*.
Particular programmes may require an interview and/or work experience.
Indian students must provide full transcripts/full marks sheets of each academic year. A consolidated marks sheet is not sufficient as a standalone.  

Matriculation Examinations
From European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved.
Irish Leaving Certificate English
Ordinary Level Grade D or above
580 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based)
Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6.0 in any component.
*Please note, we can only accept Academic IELTS (or equivalent TOEFL/Duolingo). General IELTS will not be accepted.
ETAPP (English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes): Grade C1
GCE ‘O’ Level English Language/ GCSE English Language: Grade C or above
University of Cambridge ESOL
Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade B
GCE Examination Boards
Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations - Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate - School Certificate Pass 1-6.
University of London
Entrance and School Examinations Council - School Certificate Pass 1-6.
PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic
A minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59).
Duolingo English Test (DET)
The minimum score of 110 with no less than 100 in any component. An interview may also be required in conjunction with this test for certain programmes.
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.
If students do not meet the English language requirements above, there are a range of short-term English language programmes offered at MIC.

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 9300 EUR
    Annual Cost of Living: 10500 EUR
    Application Fee: 50 EUR
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