This four year joint honours programme enables you to study Irish and English Literature in equal measure. In Irish Language and Literature you will study both the language and the literature, as well as developing your understanding of how language in society works more generally. Both fluent speakers and absolute beginners will develop their competence in contemporary Irish language as well as having the opportunity to study earlier stages of the language and more specialist topics. These may include medieval sagas, dialectology, Scottish Gaelic, manuscript studies and translation. In English Literature you will develop your critical and interpretive skills as you respond to language, form, genre, and cultural and historical contexts; from the medieval period to the present day. As you acquire both broad and specialist literary knowledge, you will also develop advanced skills in reading, analysis, writing, and presentation. Combining Irish Language and Literature with English Literature will enable you to develop your analytic, communication and team-work skills, as well as learning a language to fluency, and fit you for employment in a number of graduate careers in either of your subject areas. This degree also qualifies students to apply for a PGCE qualification to teach in Ireland and the UK.