American Studies - Research

American Studies
The Clinton Institute was originally established as a centre for American Studies and we have run teaching and research programmes in this interdisciplinary field as well as public events on contemporary American topics.

We cover domestic American issues but also pay close attention to America's global interactions and in particular its transatlantic relations.

Our approach is very much Interdisciplinary, combining politics and foreign policy, and media and culture.

We also provide commentary and analysis on contemporary America affairs via our website and in particular our media platform America Unfiltered that provides raw and relevant commentary on American topics of the moment.

This an important moment in the history of the US, a time of political and cultural convulsions that are dividing the nation and troubling its international relations and we will be providing critical analysis of this ongoing drama through our research and commentary.

Entry requirements

In general applicants for the PhD must hold a BA and MA or equivalent qualifications, with a distinguished record of academic achievement. However, there are no automatic criteria which make students eligible for a research degree. The Institute takes all elements of the application into account with close attention given to the quality of the applicants' application form, research proposal, their referees recommendations and their academic record. Applications from students without evidence of a completed postgraduate degree can only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Such applications will be considered on a case-by case basis.

It is advisable to contact the Institute in advance of submitting an application as it may be beneficial in shaping your research proposal and to identify a suitable supervisor in advance.

Application dates

How do I apply?
The following entry route(s) are available:
PhD American Studies(Z135)
Entry in - May 2021
Full Time - 3 Years
Apply from - Oct 2020

PhD American Studies(Z136)
Entry in - Jan 2021
Part Time - 6 Years
Apply from - Oct 2020


PhD 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: To be agreed with the school.


The Clinton Institute fosters interdisciplinary research on the United States by developing a broad programme of research projects, seminars and events.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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