Fiontar - Research

Welcome to the Fiontar agus Scoil na Gaeilge research. Our staff are committed to linking the Irish language with contemporary issues, and to developing and promoting digital technologies which enable anytime, anywhere access to a rich seam of Irish place names, biographies, terminology, folklore, Irish-language terminology for the EU and online language teaching and learning technologies.

Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge welcomes applications from graduates who would like to conduct research through Irish in areas such as business and management, entrepreneurship education, social entrepreneurship, finance, ICT, language technologies, language policy and planning, digital humanities, as well aspects of Irish language and literature.

Undertaking a research degree facilitates in-depth study in a discipline in which the student already has a good academic grounding. The research programme develops skills in organising, undertaking, presenting, and managing research projects that will stand to the graduate in whatever career he or she pursues.

Entry requirements

To register for a Postgraduate Research programme, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to Lower Second Class Honours or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic. See

•PhD: Candidates holding an appropriate Master's degree obtained by research may apply for direct entry to the PhD register to conduct research in a cognate area.

•PhD-track: Candidates with a taught Master's degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, and candidates with a primary degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, grade one, may apply and be considered for entry to the PhD-track register with a view to proceeding towards a PhD. Such candidates will undergo a confirmation procedure, as outlined in the Academic Regulations, before being admitted to the PhD register.

•Master's by Research: Candidates holding a primary degree equivalent to a second-class honours, grade two, may apply for entry on the research Master's register. Students on the Master's register may apply for transfer to the PhD Register under the same conditions, and using the same procedure, as PhD-track candidates requesting confirmation on the PhD register.

English Language Requirements


DCA07 PhD Fiontar (Part-Time)
DCA08 PhD Fiontar (Full-Time)
DCA09 PhD-track - Fiontar (Part-Time)
DCA10 PhD-track - Fiontar (Full-Time)
DCA11 MSc - Fiontar (Full-Time)
DCA12 MSc - Fiontar (Part-Time)
DCA34 MPhil Fiontar (Full-Time)
DCA35 MPhil Fiontar (Part-Time)

Further enquiries

Please direct all inquiries about joining the research programme, in the first instance, to:

Sally Mhic Dhomhnaill
School Office, Fiontar

Research areas

Our research interests and expertise are aimed at:

1. Developing and preserving for the future a rich store of visual, audio and written records in Irish.

2. Providing online access, at home and abroad, to online data about core aspects of Irish-language heritage and culture.

3. Making these resources freely accessible online, at home and
abroad, to anyone with an interest in Ireland.

4. Connecting and showcasing research through Irish on a variety of subjects such as:

Business and Management
Entrepreneurship Education/ Social Entrepreneurship
Information Technology in Language Teaching and Learning
Organisational Behaviour
Gaeltacht Development
Language Policy and Planning
Aspects of Irish language and literature

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