Spatial Analysis NIRSA - Research

The NIRSA PhD programme is a Graduate Research Education Programme (GREP) designed to provide a support infrastructure and environment for PhD students that will enhance the student experience of independent research, broaden their range of expert knowledge and equip them with key research and professional skills in order to enhance their employment potential.

Further Information

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a good Masters Degree in a social science discipline or related area. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss their research topic before submitting an application.


MH02E PhD 4 years Full-time
MH04E MLitt by Research 2 years Full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Options
NIRSA has well established links with the public sector and has placed PhD students into state and semi-state agencies, and the programme seeks to prepare students for careers in academia, the public sector and the private sector.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director Prof Mark Boyle
Tel +353 (0)1 708 3756
Fax +353 (0)1 708 6456
Address National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), Iontas Building, North Campus, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.


The National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) undertakes fundamental, applied and comparative research on spatial processes and their effects on social and economic development in Ireland. NIRSA's Associates and Fellows create clusters of expertise across the Departments of Anthropology, Adult Education, Applied Social Studies, Geography and Sociology.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

The NIRSA programme is also part of two larger research programmes: the Irish Social Science Platform and the GREP in Politics, Sociology and Public Policy. Through these initiatives students have access to a range of modules in 9 partner institutions (MU, UCD, DCU, UCC, UL, ITS, MIC, QUB, TCD).

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.

All students should contact the Fees Office for the latest fees information

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!