Contemporary Irish Studies - Structured PhD
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.
There are two pathways to the degree:
• Students spend Year 1 in MIC, where they study three modules of their choice per semester.
• The students will then progress to the thesis. There is no residential requirement beyond the initial year so students will be able to work from home on their thesis, with supervision being undertaken by Skype, Moodle and email.
• Students attend a two-week winter school in January and a three-week summer school in June, where the six academic modules, and research and referencing modules are taught through a mixture of intensive lectures and masterclasses.
• Essays can be completed in the months following the summer and winter schools. The students will then progress to the 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.
The people engaged in the delivery of this programme will all be experts in the field with significant academic publications.
The following is the range of modules available*:
• 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
• The Literary Tradition in Irish
• An Introduction to the Irish Language
• Process of Change: The Transmission of Irish Traditional Music
• Irish Women's Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century
• Yeats, Joyce and the Language of Irish Identity
• Contemporary Irish Poetry
• Irish Culture and Ecocriticism
• Contemporary Irish Theatre
• Europe as a Transnational Space - Theory and Textual Practice
• Irish Politics and Society
• Musical Life in Nineteenth Century Ireland
• Irish Clans, Surnames and Genetic DNA
* A selection of these modules will be offered each year.
The minimum requirements for this programme are:
1. Qualifications and Experience
• 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.
• 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.
2. English Language Requirements
If applicants come from a non-English speaking country, they are required to meet the minimum English language requirements to study at MIC (see outline below).
Matriculation Examinations: From European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D or above
TOEFL: 580 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based)
IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6.0 in any component.
*Please note, we can only accept Academic IELTS (or equivalent TOEFL/Duolingo). General IELTS will not be accepted.
ETAPP (English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes): Grade C1
GCE 'O' Level English Language/ GCSE English Language: Grade C or above
University of Cambridge ESOL: Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade B
GCE Examination Boards: Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations - Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate - School Certificate Pass 1-6
University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council - School Certificate Pass 1-6
PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic: A minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)
Duolingo English Test (DET) The minimum score of 110 with no less than 100 in any component. An interview may also be required in conjunction with this test for certain programmes.
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.
If students do not meet the English language requirements above, there are a range of short-term English language programmes offered at MIC.
3. Performance at interview.
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.
4. Research Proposal and Application Form
- Submission of a PhD research proposal and application form by all candidates in line with the requirements set out by the Research and Graduate School, MIC.
Places on the programme will be offered based on all the above, viz. qualifications, performance at interview, language proficiency level (if applicable), PhD proposal, as well as candidates' references given in the application form.
How to Apply
Closing date for applications variable.
- After you have read How to Apply for a Research Postgraduate programme at MIC, download and complete the application form.
For applications in Irish, download and complete the application form.
Applications forms can be downloaded from the Provider's website.
- The application form must also include any supporting documentation requested.
- In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IELTS (or equivalent) is required.
- Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Stripe, and return the application form by email to: RGSO@mic.ul.ie.
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- Entry requirements and the application process may vary according to country of origin. For information that is specific to your home country please see our website.
- After you have read How to Apply for a Research Postgraduate programme at MIC, download and complete the application form here. For applications in Irish, download and complete the application form here.
The application form must also include your university transcripts.
In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IELTS (or equivalent) is required.
- Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using TransferMate here and email the completed application form to email@example.com.
EU/Non-EU Status Assessments
The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and would qualify for EU fees, for example.
For more information on EU/Non-EU assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status please visit our website.
Assessments are by research essay and thesis.
3 years full-time, 4 - 5 years part-time.
Delivery Mode: Fully online.
How To Apply
After you have read How to Apply for a Research Postgraduate programme at MIC online, download and complete the application form (via Application weblink below).
•The application form must also include any supporting documentation requested.
•In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.
Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex here, and return the application form by email to: RGSO@mic.ul.ie or by post to: Research & Graduate School Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland, V94 VN26.
You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying on +353 61 204988 /+353 61 774790.
After you have read How to Apply for a Research Postgraduate programme at MIC online, download and complete the application form online (view course webpage - link below).
•The application form must also include your university transcripts.
•In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.
Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex here, and return the application form by email to: International@mic.ul.ie or by post to: International Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland, V94 VN26.
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