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Research Degrees

UCD School of History welcomes applications from potential PhD students. A UCD PhD is a structured four year research degree, undertaken within a clearly structured programme including training, taught modules, a Research and Professional Development Plan and opportunities to develop teaching skills. All students are assigned a primary supervisor and a variety of academic supports, including what is called a Doctoral Studies Panel (DSP). The panel draws together expertise from a number of colleagues, and offers excellent support in particular for cross-disciplinary projects. Students are supported in their programme of independent research which will normally culminate in the production of research worthy of peer-reviewed publications. UCD School of History staff are experienced in supervision of PhD students and have wide ranging expertise. Many of our doctoral students have been successful in securing postdoctoral funding and academic posts.

The School also offers an MLitt degree, a two year research degree which combines some taught skills elements alongside a major research thesis of 40,000-50,000 words including footnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices.

Entry requirements

The School will normally consider applicants with at least a 2:1 in their undergraduate BA and a 2:1 in an appropriate Masters-level programme. Applicants should have a strong sense of the project, and its viability, they wish to pursue and are strongly encouraged to liaise with an appropriate member of the School's staff in advance of submitting any proposal. A full list of staff and their research interests can be found at http://www.ucd.ie/history/about/staff_contacts_pictures/

Once considered by the School, all applications are forwarded to the College Graduate School Board who alone have the authority to admit research students.

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet UCD's English language requirements.

Duration

Z111/Z190 MLitt 2 years full-time / 4 years part-time
Z125/Z126 PhD 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time

Further enquiries

School Manager
Ms. Kate O'Hanlon
UCD School of History
Newman Building
University College Dublin,
Belfield,
Dublin 4,
Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 8371
Email: history@ucd.ie

Senior Executive Assistant (History)
Dr Sarah Feehan
UCD School of History
Newman Building
University College Dublin,
Belfield,
Dublin 4,
Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 8376
Email: history@ucd.ie

Senior Executive Assistant (History)
Dr Emma Lyons
UCD School of History
Newman Building
University College Dublin,
Belfield,
Dublin 4,
Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 8375
Email: history@ucd.ie

Application date

Any candidate considering a PhD is required to have a very good sense of the proposed topic of research. This can and should be developed in collaboration with your potential supervisor. An essential first step is making contact with a potential supervisor to discuss possible research topics. Please contact Professor Diarmaid Ferriter (diarmaid.ferriter@ucd.ie) if you have any queries about which staff member may be most relevant to your proposed research.

After discussing your application with your potential supervisor you should apply online at www.ucd.ie/apply

Research areas

Current Research Students
•Browne, Shane: Moore's Military: Understanding Maurice Moore and the National Volunteers in Irish History, 1914-1918
•Carmichael, Krystal: Medieval miracle accounts in Britain and Ireland as a source for medical practice
•Casserly, Maeve: Public History and Cultural Heritage
•Centala, Karol: Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Ireland and Poland, 1945-1990
•Cranny Walsh, Aoife: The role of women in Lebor Gabála Érenn
•Doolan, Denis: The Irish policy of the Conservative Party, 1920-1929
•Evans, Angela: Medieval Manners and Social Etiquette, 1150-1550
•Fallon, Anne: Infant Feeding Practices, Patterns and Beliefs in Ireland, 1845 to 1980
•Fallon, Donal: The politics of republican commemoration in 1930 Dublin
•Grannell, James: 'Strong and manly and healthy': Masculinity and Men's Health in Ireland, 1983-2008
•Grant, Rebecca: Archivists engaging with Research Data
•Heffernan, Conor: Ireland's Physical Culture Movement 1898-1923
•Heney, Michael: Unresolved aspects of the Arms Crisis, 1969-1970
•Houlihan, James: The Law of the Innocents 697 AD: a law for non-combatants-its place in the history of international humanitarian law.
•Kelly, Mary: The Liberal Arts in Medieval Glendalough: manuscripts, impact and legacy
•Oakley Kessler, Trisha: The Connaught Hatters: Jewish refugee businesses established in 1937-1940 in a period of economic nationalism in Ireland
•Kinsella, Sharon: A snapshot in time: The Dublin Congress of the Patrician Year (1961)
•Lynch, Michael: A critical biography of James Green Douglas (1887-1954)
•MacNamara, Ronan: The effects of humanitarian programmes (cash and voucher) on ongoing conflicts
•McCarthy, Patrick: Legislation enacted by the Irish Parliament 1692-1782: The background, implications and benefits of the laws that fashion Ireland with a system that endures to the present day
•Mulcahy, Caren: Meath in the Later Middle Ages (1172- c.1540). Settlement and People
•O'Brien, Matthew: The Black Power Movement and Grassroots Activism in Chicago, 1968-1983
•Prevost-Gregoire, Florence: Family Matters: International Paradigms Between World Wars
•Reid, Peter: The care of children with mental deficiency in Dublin and Galway c.1900 to 1912
•Reilly, Michael: Agricultural Memory and Archives: A Case Study of the Records of Teagasc
•Troile, Daniele: Social, political and military development of the late Communi and early Signorie in central Italy
•Wang, Yuanding: A Comparative Study of the Effects of War Policies in Medieval Societies: The Angevin and Song Empires in the 12th century.
•Xie, Yanli: The Study of British Railway introduction into China: the role of railway technology transfer in the West-East interactions and the Anglo-Chinese relations from 1860s to 1890s

We have a flourishing PhD community within the School of History. If you would like to apply to undertake a PhD with us please visit research degrees section of our website.

Course fee

EU Fees 2018/19

Non EU Fees 2018/19

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: To be agreed with school.

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