Medieval Irish - Research

Students are provided with structured professional training in advanced academic research in early Irish literature, language and history, deepening their knowledge in their specific research area and endowing them with the professional skills needed for academic research.

The aim of this programme is to provide students with a professional training in advanced academic research in early Irish literature, language and history, to deepen their knowledge in specific areas of these, and to endow them with the
research skills appropriate to work in this field.

Entry requirements

For a PhD, normally a First Class Honours in Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies in the BA or an equivalent qualification. A good knowledge of Old Irish is required in order to enter a PhD/MLitt in Medieval Irish.

For non-EU students, IELTS level 6.5 English language ability is required. Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss their research topic before submitting an application.


MHX02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHX03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHX04 MLitt 2 year Full-time
MHX05 MLitt 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director Prof David Stifter
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3710


School of Celtic Studies
Early Irish/Roinn naSean-Ghaeilge
The Department of Early Irish/Roinn na Sean-Ghaeilge at Maynooth is a leading centre for the study of Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies, engaging in teaching and research in the literature, language, history and culture of medieval Ireland and of the related Celtic-speaking world.Prof. David Stifter is a 2015 recipient of a European Research Council research award and a leading expert in Celtic historical linguistics. He was the editor of an interactive dictionary of Lepontic and Cisalpine Gaulish, Celtic languages spoken in ancient northern Italy. He has also co-edited several books on Celtic and Indo-European linguistics, among them the four-volume collection. Dr. Elizabeth Boyle is a leading international scholar in the religious and intellectual culture of medieval Ireland and Britain.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research Interests
Research interests include early Irish language, philology and literature, Ancient Celtic languages, comparative Celtic linguistics, intellectual, cultural and religious history of medieval Britain and Ireland.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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