Students have access to the McClay Library, and the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. Weekly research seminars bring together staff and students, and students are encouraged to not only take part in networks and groups within and beyond the University, but also to organise events such as conferences and readings.
The PhD in Creative Writing is staffed by outstanding writers such as Garrett Carr, Ciaran Carson, Leontia Flynn, Jimmy McAleavey, Darran McCann, Sinead Morrissey and Glenn Patterson. The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, is the first Centre of Excellence for poetry in Ireland and provides resources for emerging and established poets, researchers and critics, and serves to link creativity to criticism and academic scholarship.
Students can make use of the Institute of Irish Studies and the network of disciplines within Queen's contributing to Irish Studies, including History, Politics, Anthropology and Sociology. They are also supported by the outstanding collection of manuscript and print collections concerning the study of Ireland held by the McClay Library, which is the host institution for JSTOR Ireland. The annual Interdisciplinary Linguistics group conference (iLINC) provides additional opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary and international discussion of research for speech and language students.
All postgraduate research students have the opportunity to apply for teaching opportunities in their second year of study and are strongly encouraged to present research-in-progress. School of English PhD students also have the opportunity to apply for the position of Research Fellow in the final year of their study, as part of Queens's established link with the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University (Nashville).
A significant number of our PhD students become academics, in the UK and Ireland and internationally. Others become archivists, researchers, editors, teachers, civil servants, writers, librarians, theatre practitioners, voluntary sector workers and a range of other diverse forms of employment. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
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A number of major research projects (including Doctoral and Postdoctoral posts in Language and Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Modern Literary Studies and Renaissance Literature) have been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Poetry and Irish writing remain at the core of the School's research expertise.
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The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, and a Masters-level qualification or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.
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