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Celtic Studies / Léann Ceilteach - Research

The MLitt in Celtic Studies/ Léann Ceilteach is a two-year, full-time (or four-year, part-time) postgraduate research programme assessed by a thesis of ca. 40,000 words.

The PhD in Celtic Studies is awarded for research involving close study of Celtic languages and sources. While the primary focus may be on one Celtic language and tradition, the research usually entails some degree of comparative work, premised on the fact of the Celts’ original linguistic unity and subsequent long-enduring shared social and cultural features. The sources utilised tend to be medieval, but particular topics may require the use of written sources of earlier or later date. In the case of certain topics, knowledge of the research methodologies of disciplines other than the core disciplines of Celtic languages and literatures, notably archaeology, history, and classics, may have to be attained. The structured PhD programme facilitates students in acquiring any necessary training in the cognate aspects of such disciplines, and adequate knowledge of medieval and modern languages that may be relevant for their research.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the above degrees must have a primary (or higher) degree in Irish or Celtic Studies with a Second Class Honours Grade 2, GPA 3.2, or an equivalent international qualification.

Admission to the MLitt and the PhD is at the discretion of the potential supervisor and the head of discipline. The Postgraduate Research Board for Celtic Studies will review and make recommendations to the College on applications, thesis-topics, and the membership of each student’s Graduate Research Committee.

Duration

PhD GYB50 Full Time
PhD GYB51 Part Time
MLitt GYB52 Full Time
MLitt GYB53 Part Time
The MLitt in Celtic Studies/ Léann Ceilteach is a two-year, full-time (or four-year, part-time) postgraduate research programme assessed by a thesis of ca. 40,000 words

Further enquiries

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha
T +353 91 493 010
E mairin.nidhonnchadha@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/oldirish/

Research areas

Areas of interest
Research degrees usually involve close study of Celtic languages and literatures (e.g., Irish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic), but may encompass religion, history, archaeology, and the interface with the Latin and Germanic traditions of the Celtic speaking regions. Postgraduate research usually entails some degree of comparative work, premised on the fact of the Celts’ original linguistic unity and subsequent long-enduring shared social and cultural features.

The sources utilised tend to be medieval, but some topics may require the use of written sources of earlier or later date. For certain topics, knowledge of research methodologies other than those associated with Celtic Studies may have to be attained. The Structured Doctoral Programme (cf. above) provides students with opportunities to acquire such training, and to learn non-Celtic languages (medieval and modern) that may be relevant for their research.

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