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Irish and Celtic, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #173 (QS) Belfast, United Kingdom
The Irish and Celtic programme at Queen's University Belfast is part of the Modern Languages research cluster, which provides a vibrant environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship. 
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Overview

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 programme at Queen's University Belfast 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.

The Unit has a strong interdisciplinary focus and is actively involved with colleagues in History, English, Politics, Creative Arts and Education. Mode of study/duration - Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. 

You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

Career Prospects

Doctoral graduates in Irish typically go on to hold posts in academia, business and in Irish language promotion. Recent graduates have taken up posts in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, University College Dublin, University College Cork, New York City University and the Department for Communities (formerly DCAL).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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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

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. While a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) is not essential, it is desirable and applicants without this qualification will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition Fee

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    16950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16950 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Belfast

  • 561 - 890 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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