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Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies

Mary Immaculate College
4 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
On campus
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Program description

Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies

The Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies at Mary Immaculate College aims to provide a suite of modules that are focused on contemporary issues in Irish society, politics and culture. The focus will be on contemporary Irish studies, and how, specifically, the study of a series of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary areas of the Irish experience can lead to a clearer understanding of the Ireland of today, which will be a baseline for the study of the Ireland of the future. The modules will be delivered by experts, all of whom have a track record in publishing in their respective fields.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for this program are:

Qualifications and Experience

  • An appropriate Masters or equivalent qualification, at 2.2 honours level bachelor’s degree, or higher, that has been obtained from a university or other institution recognised by the University of Limerick following a period of study similar to that required in the University of Limerick.


  • Applicants who do not hold a relevant master’s degree may be considered if they have a 2.1 bachelor’s degree, or higher, in a relevant area and extensive relevant experience.

English Language Requirements

  • Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.

Performance at interview.

  • An interview may form part of the selection process for all applicants. This will be done in person if possible or alternatively via video conferencing where the candidate is unavailable to attend in person.


Research Proposal and Application Form

  • Submission of a PhD research proposal and application form by all candidates in line with the requirements set out by the Research and Graduate School, MIC.

Places on the program will be offered based on all the above, viz. qualifications, performance at interview, language proficiency level (if applicable), PhD proposal, as well as candidates’ references given in the application form.

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Program content

The following is the range of modules available*:

  • Irish Communities in Early Modern Europe
  • Image-Based Research in history
  • Oral History: Theory and Practice
  • Poetics and Politics of Irish Identity
  • Researching Irish Media Audiences
  • The Development of the Media in Ireland: an Historical and Conceptual Overview
  • Radio: The Invisible Medium
  • Families and Communities in Ireland and Britain, 1500-1750
  • The Irish Revolution 1912-1927
  • The Literary Tradition in Irish
  • An Introduction to the Irish Language
  • Process of Change: The Transmission of Irish Traditional Music
  • Irish Women’s Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Yeats, Joyce and the Language of Irish Identity
  • Contemporary Irish Poetry
  • Irish Culture and Ecocriticism
  • Contemporary Irish Theatre
  • Europe as a Transnational Space - Theory and Textual Practice
  • Irish Politics and Society
  • Musical Life in Nineteenth Century Ireland
  • Irish Clans, Surnames and Genetic DNA

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.

Tuition fees

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The Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies at MIC aims to:

  • Enhance the students’ knowledge of Irish history, literature, culture, society and languages through a theoretically-aware matrix of teaching methodologies and seminars;
  • Develop students’ ability to understand and use a variety of theoretical approaches to different areas of Contemporary Irish Studies and to encourage an anamorphic perspective on issues which have hitherto been seen as normative and given;
  • Stimulate interest and research expertise in core areas of contemporary Irish society and culture through a variety of methods and approaches;
  • Cultivate research skills across a number of subject areas and disciplines in order to achieve a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective on areas of Irish culture, politics, society and ideology.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include:

Irish cultural sector; areas involving aspects of Irish culture, literature and society; advocacy; lobbying; teaching; entry to PhD programs; technical writing; media work; 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 and webmaster.

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Mary Immaculate College

Mary Immaculate College (MIC), founded in 1898, is Ireland’s leading university-level College of Education and Humanities. The College has a growing and diverse community of almost 5,000 students, who are enrolled in undergraduate programs in Education, Liberal Arts, Contemporary and...

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South Circular Road
V94 VN26 Limerick

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