History & Geography - Research

Research and innovation are at the heart of the School's activities. As well as informing the teaching that the School provides in History and Geography to Arts and Education students, members of the school pursue an active research agenda. The primary focus of this research is the island of Ireland – its history and its geography – and members of the School have produced, and are engaged in the production of pioneering work on diverse aspects of medieval, early modern and modern Irish history, and the historical geography of the island in the early modern and modern era. As well as this, current research in the social geography of Ireland, in regional geography internationally and in past climates and climate change are evidence not only of the extent of the School's research footprint, but also its commitment to inform and to shape understanding and policy in modern Ireland.

Opportunities for Engagement

Members of the School participate frequently in the public sphere and contribute to public debate and to policy formation. They participate in the national and international media and serve on state bodies such as the Irish Manuscripts Commission.

They serve prominently in an editorial capacity in the production of academic journals, and are strongly represented on the editorial boards of major journals in the spheres of History and Geography.

They have acted as assessors for the Irish Research Council, for the Leverhulme Foundation, and other award granting bodies.

International Engagement

The School of History and Geography encourages and promotes international engagement. Members of the School are engaged in international collaborations with colleagues in New York University, Queen's University Belfast, Lund University, McGill University, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen and others in various research projects and initiatives. They also speak regularly at international conferences and gatherings.

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


DCA62 PhD History and Geography (Full-Time)
DCA63 PhD History and Geography (Part-Time)
DCA64 MA History and Geography (Full-Time)
DCA65 MA History and Geography (Part-Time)
DCA66 PhD-track History and Geography (Full-Time)
DCA67 PhD-track History and Geography (Part-Time)

Research areas

Research Interests and Expertise

Medieval Irish History: the archaeology of medieval Ireland, settlement, urban development

Early Modern Ireland: politics, society and economy; Anglo-Irish relations; famine and economic crisis; history of print and its impact; manifestations of public protest; gender relations

Modern Ireland: politics, society and economy; Anglo-Irish relations; land and economy; history of women in Irish society; the Irish revolution; the history of sport and recreation; Church-state relations; science and society; history of the Irish environment


Historical Geography of Ireland: Origins, evolution, and growth of Irish country towns, evolution of Irish cultural landscape from seventeenth century onwards, demise of landlordism in Ireland in late nineteenth and early twentieth century, life in the Irish Big House, built heritage of Ireland, evolution of Dublin city and its suburbs from nineteenth century onwards

Social Geography: Travellers in Ireland from the perspectives of their geography, population change, education, employment, health, housing, marriage patterns and family life, both in the 1950s and today

Economic Geography: University-industry links, entrepreneurship education in universities

Urban Geography: Contemporary settlement change in Ireland

Past and present climates and climate interactions: Irish landscape formation from Late-Quaternary to Holocene, Irish glacial geomorphology, Irish historical geology and geomorphology, studies of the contemporary environment at the interface of the atmosphere and northern ecosystems

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