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Contemporary Irish Studies (Structured), Ph.D.

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Overview

The focus of the Contemporary Irish Studies (Structured) from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick 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.

Assessments are by research essay and thesis. The essay ranges from 4,500 to 5,000 words and each module is assessed by a single essay. The titles and topics of these essays are negotiated between the student and the course lecturer, with the parameters of choice being set by the lecturer.

A number of generic research and methodology modules are also undertaken, which provide preparation for the work of the thesis. The other element of assessment is an 85,000 to 100,000-word research thesis.

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.

Careers

Career opportunities include: Irish cultural sector; areas involving aspects of Irish culture, literature and society; advocacy; lobbying; teaching; entry to PhD programmes; 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.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • 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

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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 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 or, 
  • 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.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8781 EUR/year
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  • EU/EEA

    4403 EUR/year
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Living costs for Limerick

  • 850 - 1150 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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