Irish and Celtic Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15100
    Tuition (Year)
    4195
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, Irish (take IELTS)
    Language

About

Recognised as a centre of excellence for research into the languages, literatures, histories, linguistics, visual cultures, and cultural identities of Europe and beyond, the cluster is founded on a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos. Within this cluster, Irish and Celtic Studies aims to promote and disseminate cutting-edge research across all periods of the Irish language and also focuses on aspects of language and literature in Scotland. Research in the unit is conducted on both an individual and collaborative basis.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Research in Modern Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in REF 2014 for Research Intensity and 5th for Grade Point Average, with particular strengths in literary studies, translation and interpreting, linguistics, postcolonial studies, visual cultures, digital humanities and medical humanities.

The Unit has a strong interdisciplinary focus and is actively involved with colleagues in History, English, Politics, Creative Arts and Education.

Irish and Celtic Studies hosts a number of major research projects including:

  • the Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language Project (www.dil.ie)
  • Lexical Dating of Medieval Texts
  • Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies, in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Nottingham
  • Northern Ireland Place-Name Project

CAREER PROSPECTS

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. Our postgraduates not only go on to work in academia but find employment in the media and heritage industries, and in various arms of the civil service.

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.

Accreditation

Officially accredited/recognized by the Privy Council, Queen's University Belfast (QUB) is a large (enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Queen's University Belfast (QUB) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
    • Irish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

RESEARCH STRENGTHS

Staff have an established research profile across the spectrum of fields within Irish and Celtic Studies. Prominent areas include:

  • Folklore
  • Historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology
  • Language and Identity
  • Lexicography
  • Medieval Irish language and literature
  • Modern Irish literary studies
  • Onomastics

            English Language Requirements

            You need the following IELTS score:

            • Minimum required score: 6.5

              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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            Academic Requirements

            A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

            • DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (MPhil)
            ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

            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, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

            Tuition Fee Per Year

            • GBP 15100 International
            • GBP 4195 EU/EEA

            Funding

            DEL Student Support Fund
            The DEL Student Support Fund is a discretionary fund which may provide financial assistance to students from Northern Ireland and Great Britain, who encounter financial difficulty whilst studying
            • All full-time and part-time (50% of equivalent full-time course) Northern Ireland and Great Britain undergraduates and postgraduate students can apply.
            • Undergraduate students must have taken out their maximum Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan entitlement.
            • All postgraduate students must demonstrate that they have organised sufficient funding for their course.
            University’s Hardship Fund
            Students who are not eligible for the DEL Student Support Fund will be considered for an award from the University’s Hardship Fund. There is a smaller amount of money available within the Hardship Fund, so circumstances must be exceptional for an award to be made.

            StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.