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Award Type and NFQ Level:
Course code: ARTS
CAO/PAC code: MH101
Points: 310
QQI: Yes click here for details
Closing date: 01 July 2024
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Beginning with words on a page, English is a world-facing subject: it takes you across historical periods, cultures, locations and genres, from poetry and drama to the novel, film, and creative writing too.

As a student of English, you will learn about:

  • Different literary forms from poetry and drama to the novel and film, as well as creative writing.
  • The conditions that shape literature from history and geography to questions of gender, race, and class.
  • How literary texts enable us to understand our own complex world.
  • Different approaches to and theories of literature.
  • How different schools of critical thought or areas have shaped and reshaped the subject of English literary studies.

Engaging in critical debate about the meaning and value of literature will help you to:

  • Foster your critical and creative abilities.
  • Develop awareness of the multi-dimensional nature of human situations.
  • Approach problems with an open and enquiring mind.
  • Gain analytical skills, finely-honed writing skills and develop critical thinking – skills which appeal greatly to future employers. Maynooth University Department of English boasts notable expertise in a wide range of literature from the early modern to the present day, and from Irish literature to American, African, Arab and global literatures. Our lecturers’ research expertise informs their teaching and provides you as a student with current critical thinking in the broad field of English studies. Our degree reflects the changing, global nature of English language literature while also providing you with a thorough understanding of established literary traditions.
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