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Irish & Celtic Studies - Research

Programme Overview
Irish and Celtic Studies is part of the Modern Languages research cluster, which provides a vibrant environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship. Recognised as a centre of excellence for research into the languages, literatures, histories, linguistics, visual cultures, and cultural identities of Europe and beyond, the cluster is founded on a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos. Within this cluster, Irish and Celtic Studies aims to promote and disseminate cutting-edge research across all periods of the Irish language and also focuses on aspects of language and literature in Scotland. Research in the unit is conducted on both an individual and collaborative basis.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

Duration

3 years

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally. Our postgraduates not only go on to work in academia but find employment in the media and heritage industries, and in various arms of the civil service.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Professor Mícheál Ó Mainnín
Irish and Celtic Studies School of Arts, English and Languages
Tel: 028 9097 5366
Email: celtic@qub.ac.uk
WWW: www.qub.ac.uk/ael/

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Special Features

Research in Modern Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in REF 2014 for Research Intensity and 5th for Grade Point Average, with particular strengths in literary studies, translation and interpreting, linguistics, postcolonial studies, visual cultures, digital humanities and medical humanities.

The Unit has a strong interdisciplinary focus and is actively involved with colleagues in History, English, Politics, Creative Arts and Education.

Irish and Celtic Studies hosts a number of major research projects including:

•the Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language Project (www.dil.ie)

•Lexical Dating of Medieval Texts

•Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, T

Application date

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Research areas

Research Strengths

Staff have an established research profile across the spectrum of fields within Irish and Celtic Studies. Prominent areas include:

•Folklore
•Historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology
•Language and Identity
•Lexicography
•Medieval Irish language and literature
•Modern Irish literary studies
•Onomastics

We also have a strong record in supervising comparative and interdisciplinary theses across the humanities and involving other Schools in the University.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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