English - Research

A structured research programme providing students with professional and specialist research modules preparing them for a career in academia and research.

Entry requirements

A B.A. in English or related discipline: normally a first class honours degree result or equivalent. Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss their research topic before submitting an application. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHK02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHK03 PhD 6 years part-time
MHK04 MLitt 2 years Full-time
MHK05 MLitt 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director Dr Conor McCarthy,
Director of Graduate Research,
English Department
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3393


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.

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