English - Research


Students must take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules (at least 5 in generic/transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules) from the structured PhD programme.


Candidates take 50 credits over three years. This is comprised of GSA1, GSA2, GSA3, EN841, EN842, EN851, EN852, EN861, EN862 plus at least one other module from the list of optional modules.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score

•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585

•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95

•PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850


MHK02 PhD 4 years Full-time

MHK03 PhD 6 years part-time

MHK04 MLitt 2 years Full-time

MHK05 MLitt 3 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Students will develop their potential as future academics or may consider careers in teaching.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course

Programme Director Dr Conor McCarthy,

Director of Graduate Research,

English Department

Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3393

Email: english.department@nuim.ie

Website: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/english


English and Theatre Studies

The Department offers an immersive and rewarding educational experience, with a unique concentration at Maynooth of internationally recognised scholars. The Department of English offers the opportunity to study literature and culture in English from the Renaissance to the present and the supervision of research projects in Irish literature and culture, postcolonial studies, gender studies, world literature, and British literature with particular strengths in Shakespeare and in the eighteenth century.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research Interests

The Department of English at Maynooth University has an impressive international research record, including published work on major Irish authors, Irish cinema and visual culture, eighteenth-century British writing, Shakespeare, modernism, and new world literatures in English. Staff research specialisms include 18th and 19th century Irish culture, Ireland and romanticism, Irish famine studies, James Joyce, Ireland and gender theory, Northern Irish culture, Irish poetry, and critical theory.

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Commences September (or other agreed time)

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