(Specializace Irská studia)

Director: Prof. Ondřej Pilný, PhD

Irish Studies runs as an autonomous programme (specializace Irská studia) within the MA in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures.

The programme consists of 4 basic and 4 elective courses for single-subject students. In addition, 6 courses can be taken from other special programmes. Two-subject students have to take 2 basic and 3 elective courses plus 1 course from another special programme. In addition to these, students are required to submit a graded paper in some of the courses - please consult the detailed description of the MA programme requirements. Basic courses are offered each academic year (either in the winter or the summer semester). The offer of elective courses varies each academic year.

Irish language courses are open to all students of English (BA and MA), and subject to availability also to students of other subjects. The best students of Irish are provided with scholarships for intensive summer courses run by Oideas Gael in Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Donegal. A maximum of 2 Irish language courses may be taken as elective within the special programme.

Students of Irish Studies are encouraged to participate in Erasmus exchanges with universities in Ireland (Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, University of Limerick) and other European countries (particularly the U.K.).

BA Programme

A limited number of courses are taught within the BA programme in English and American Studies.  


Special programme - basic courses

  • Modern Irish Literature II: Contemporary Irish Drama
  • Anglo-Irish Writing from Swift to Shaw
  • Modern Irish Literature I: Tradition and Innovation
  • Special programme - elective courses

  • Irish Language
  • James Joyce II: Ulysses
  • The Grotesque in Contemporary British and Irish Drama
  • Samuel Beckett’s Media Works – Genesis and Evolution
  • Space and Place in Irish Culture and Literature
  • After Modernism: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century
  • + Elective courses supplied by other Special Programmes

  • Literary Translation I
  • British Literature of the African and Asian Diaspora (Contemporary Black and South Asian British Writers)
  • Literární překlad a redakční práce I
  • New Writing, Politics, and Performance in Contemporary British Theatre
  • BA courses

  • Irish Literature: An Introduction
  • Irish Language
  • Anglo-Irish Writing from Swift to Shaw
  • Modern Irish Literature I: Tradition and Innovation
  • Samuel Beckett’s Media Works – Genesis and Evolution


    The Centre of Irish Studies wishes to acknowledge the financial assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland. Irish language teaching is funded from a grant awarded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ireland. Our special thanks are due to the Embassy of Ireland to the Czech Republic for their unrelenting encouragement and support.