Find a Supervisor
Find a Supervisor
Below is a list of all available supervisors for students submitting their FYPs.
How to find your supervisor
1. Search for a suitable supervisor using the details below.
2. Email your supervisor with your details, and your FYP topic idea.
3. Once a lecturer has confirmed they will supervise you, complete this form: www.ul.ie/artsoc/fyp/fyp-form.
4. You can now start working with your supervisor on your FYP.
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|Name||Department||FYP supervision areas|
|Aengus Finnegan||English, Irish, and Communication||
Irish placenames, surnames and personal names
Historical language shift in Ireland
Historical dialectology of the Irish language (including in the midlands & eastern Ireland)
The influence of Irish on Irish English.
The Schools' Folklore Collection 1937-8
The writings of Brian Ó Nualláin/Myles na gCopaleen
|Carrie Griffin||English, Irish, and Communication||
Shakespeare and early modern English drama
early modern print culture
medievalism (modern re-imaginings of the Middle Ages)
Centre for Early Modern Studies
History of the Book
|Christina Morin||English, Irish, and Communication||
18th and 19th C. Anglophone Irish literature
Irish women's writing
Early Modern Studies (as conceived by UL's Centre for Early Modern Studies)
|Darina Slattery||English, Irish, and Communication||
E-Learning Information Design Instructional Design Online Collaboration/ Virtual Teams Technical Communication
|David Coughlan||English, Irish, and Communication||
19th and 20th-century American literature
Contemporary fiction (e.g. Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Kazuo Ishiguro, Thomas Pynchon);
Fiction after 9/11
|Deirdre Ní Loingsigh||English, Irish, and Communication||
Líonraí Gaeilge lasmuigh den Ghaeltacht
Féidearthachtaí Flipboard don mhúinteoir le Gaeilge
Spásanna foghlama agus úsáide teanga
Riachtanais tacaíochta teanga mhic léinn na Gaeilge ar an tríú leibhéal
Nuachainteoirí na Gaeilge
|Elaine Walsh||English, Irish, and Communication|
|Gordon Ó Riain||English, Irish, and Communication||
Language and literature of Early Modern Irish (1200-1650) / Teanga agus litríocht na Nua-Ghaeilge Moiche
Historical development of the Irish language / Stair na Gaeilge
Palaeography and textual criticism of Irish / Lámhscríbhinní agus eagarthóireacht téacsanna
Dialects of Irish / Canúintí na Gaeilge
Scéim Aistriúcháin an Ghúim.
|Máire Ní Ghráda||English, Irish, and Communication||
Irish folklore Gaeilge
|Margaret Harper||English, Irish, and Communication||
Group project: Students will focus on a writer from the Limerick area, and work on the Literary Limerick digital archive. Students will be provided with a list of writers from which they can choose. As there is a web-based aspect to this project, it will particularly suit those students taking New Media modules. English-language poetry after 1860 Irish women writers Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Faulkner, Toni Morrison Literature of the American South
|Marina Cano||English, Irish, and Communication||
Jane Austen, the Long Nineteenth Century, Women’s Writing, Gender Theory, Literary Afterlives
|Sile De Cléir||English, Irish, and Communication||
An Cultúr Ábhartha i saol traidisiúnta agus i mbéaloideas na hÉireann, go h-áirithe an téadach dúchasach agus feisteas na ndaoine (Material Folk Culture in Irish folklife, especially cloth-making and dress traditions) Creideamh na nDaoine agus nósanna comónta go h-áirithe i gcomhthéacs an Chaitliceachais i gCathair Luimnigh sa chéad leath den 20ú hAois (Popular Folk Belief and Practice especially in the Catholic context in Limerick city in the first half of the twentieth century)
|Sinead McDermott||English, Irish, and Communication||
Contemporary fiction (eg Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Michele Roberts)
Women’s writing and fairytales
Representations of motherhood in fiction and popular culture.
|Sorcha De Brún||English, Irish, and Communication||
Modern Irish language fiction; Modern Irish language poetry; Irish language film; Máirtín Ó Cadhain; Men and Masculinities in the Irish language novel; Irish language church music
|Tina O’Toole||English, Irish, and Communication||
1890s literature and periodical culture (e.g. Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sarah Grand, George Egerton, George Moore).
Irish women’s writing (esp. 19th-20th c fiction, e.g. Elizabeth Bowen, Kate O’Brien, Maeve Brennan, Mary Lavin, et al).
Migrant and transnational literatures
LGBTQ+ representations in fiction and film
|Yianna Liatsos||English, Irish, and Communication||
Self-Referential Narratives (autobiography/memoir/testimony)
Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine
|Yvonne Cleary||English, Irish, and Communication||
Technical writers as a community of practice. The impact of XML/DITA on the work of technical writers. Privacy and social networks. Working in virtual teams. A usability study of an online system/application
British and European cultural and political History before 1800.
The European Witch Craze in the early modern period.
Tudor England and Stuart Britain.
Spain and Spanish America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
France in the age of Cardinal Richelieu and Louis XIV.
The Courts of Europe 1500-1800.
Irish Social and Economic History 1800-1950
Social History of Medicine
The Irish in New Zealand
Irish Traveller History
Eighteenth-century social, cultural and political history
History of associations
History of localities
Early modern Ireland
Early Modern history 18th century Irish history 19th century Irish history
Education and learning in the early modern period The Reformation Early modern print culture German history in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries Early modern cultures of display
Modern history of the Middle East Late Ottoman Empire Urban history (Mediterranean basin) Urban violence Minorities in the Middle East Arab-Israeli Conflict
Modern Irish, European and Australian history; the United Irishmen; imperialism, Irish revolutionary movements; commemoration
|Angela Farrell||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
ELT / TESOL
|Annie Girardin-Halpin||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
French Literature, and in particular crime fiction and ‘la littérature de l’engagement’ French cinema Translation
|Barbara Geraghty||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
The changing identity of minorities in Japan Images of Japan in Ireland Culture in language teaching Motivation and language learning
|Barrie Wharton||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
|Cinta Ramblado||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Hispanic Studies Women’s writing and the recuperation of historical memory in contemporary Spain Films about the Spanish Civil War and the Franco Regime The comics of Carlos Giménez as socio-political critique Politics of memory in contemporary Spain
|David Atkinson||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Language Variation in Spain and/or Latin America Language Policy and Language Planning in Spain and/or Latin America Language and Power/Critical Discourse Analysis The Politics of Language in the Spanish speaking world Communicative Language Teaching
|Dominique Le Meur||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Translation Studies: the cultural dimension The Front National in French Politics
|Elaine Riordan||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
English language teaching and learning Language teacher education Communities of practice for language teachers/learners New technologies for language teaching and learning Computer-mediated communication Corpus linguistics and corpus-based discourse analysis
|Elaine Vaughan||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Irish English, characteristics and pragmatics
Humour and laughter in language
English language teaching and learning
Community and identity in spoken, written and computer-mediated language
Corpus linguistics; corpus-based discourse analysis and conversation analysis
|Fiona Farr||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Reflective practice in language teacher education, including teaching practice and feedback
corpus linguistics and language teaching
language teacher education
language learning and technology
|Freda Mishan||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Designing Language Teaching Materials Culture and Language Learning The New Technologies and Language Teaching The New Technologies and new language varieties Phonetics and Phonology
|Frédéric Royall||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
The far right in contemporary France
|Gisela Holfter||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
German-speaking refugees in Ireland 1933-45 Friedrich Engels and Ireland Business German in Ireland Contemporary German literature Migration and Exile literature
|Helen Kelly Holmes||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Media discourse Studies of virtual online communities and their communication Studies of advertising language Studies of tourism and language General projects in sociolinguistics dealing with bilingualism, multilingualism, variation, language attitudes and ideologies etc. General media projects, particularly dealing with minority languages, multilingualism and/or globalization.
|Jean Conacher||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Literature and film in the GDR and Berlin Republic Individual GDR writers (e.g. Helga Königsdorf, Christa Wolf, Christoph Hein) Intercultural contact and language learning (e.g. peer learning, study abroad, migration) Foreign language policy and practice in Ireland Studies of language pedagogy and practice, such as use of target language, attitude, motivation, teaching of literature/culture (German)
|Joachim Fischer||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
History of Cinema in the Limerick region Ecological and sustainability initiatives in European universities (NB: Knowledge of two continental language incl. German is required) German film studies Irish utopian / Science Fiction literature German culture and literature pre-1900
|Liam Murray||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Language Learning Enhanced by Technologies Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Les Mots” / literary and autobiographical analyses Le cinéma de Mathieu Kassovitz Le cinéma de Jean-Pierre Jeunet Les jeux vidéo: enjeux et défis Videogames : ethics, ‘emotioneering’ and a little bit of violence Gamification: issues and ethics Blogging for learning and for influence French media on the world stage
|Mairead Moriarty||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
General topics in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics including: language ideologies, language and gender, media sociolinguistics, language and education and minority languages.
Key areas of interest are: media based studies of language use and issues surrounding multilingualism.
|Maria Rieder||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Critical Discourse Analysis/Language and Power
Language and social/economic inequality
Language and gender/language and race
Language and migration
Minority communities and languages
Journalism and News Discourse
Intercultural Communication, intercultural pragmatics
|Mariano Paz||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Hispanic Cultural Studies: Literature, Cinema, Theatre, Visual Arts Film Studies: Theory, Language, Politics and Ideology, Audiences Science Fiction; Utopian Fiction; Dystopias Latin American Studies: Politics, Societies, Cities Cybercultures and New Media
|Marie-Thérèse Batardière||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Interlanguage grammar in L2 French The impact of Study Abroad on L2 learning Tools and strategies to enhance language learning The importance of languages and culture in the business world French current affairs
|Marieke Krajenbrink||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Transformations of the detective formula in Austrian, Swiss and German literature Post-war German-speaking drama The Holocaust in German and Austrian literature and cinema Themes in Comparative Literature The work of Richard Wagner and its reception
|Marta Giralt||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
SLA; Second/Foreign Language Teacher Education; Intercultural Communication; Technology and Language Learning & Computer mediated Communication; Spanish Pronunciation; Film and Media pedagogy for Language Learning
|Michael G. Kelly||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Littérature de langue française (20e siècle) Littérature de langue française (19e siècle) Poésie et poétiques modernes Théories de l’interprétation textuelle Littérature comparée.
|Nuria Borrull||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Spanish Literature of post-war Spain Translation Studies Language Teaching Methodology and Language Learning Popular Music in Spain
|Teresa Cuixeres||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
|Veronica O'Regan||Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics||
Critical Discourse Analysis
Intercultural Media Discourse and Migration
Translation Theory and Practice: German - English German-Irish Textual Relations
|Adina Preda||Politics & Public Administration||
Rights and Political Morality (including theories of rights, conflicts of rights, group rights, human rights, property rights, territorial or states’ rights, possible right-holders) Contemporary theories of distributive justice Global justice Political obligation and state legitimacy The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention Justice and health (care) Intergenerational justice
|Andrew Shorten||Politics & Public Administration||
Normative topics in political philosophy Contemporary theories of social and distributive justice Topics in the history of political thought (esp. Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Kant, Bentham, Mill, Marx) Toleration in historical and contemporary perspectives Multiculturalism and the rights of minorities Cultural rights, equality and the politics of recognition Nationalism, citizenship, and the morality of borders and/or secession Political concepts (e.g. freedom, equality, power, etc.) Political ideologies (esp. liberalism and nationalism)
|Bernadette Connaughton||Politics & Public Administration||
The role of political staff
Case study in Irish public policy
Implementation of EU environmental policy
|Chris McInerney||Politics & Public Administration||
The evolution of civil society in Ireland Social inclusion policy and practice Civic engagement and democratic development The changing world of public administration Public administration and social justice
|Conor Little||Politics & Public Administration|
|Frank Haege||Politics & Public Administration||
EU policy-making European integration Europeanisation International negotiations Legislative politics (in democratic and non-democratic regimes) Politics in the German Empire (1866-1918)
|Maura Adshead||Politics & Public Administration||
Irish Politics and public administration Comparative public policy Europeanisation theory and/or empirical work Social inclusion/exclusion issues and policy Case studies in Irish politics/policy by arrangement
|Neil Robinson||Politics & Public Administration||
Russian politics Soviet politics and history Politics in states of the Former USSR (excluding the Baltic states) Post-communist political economy History of communist states
|Owen Worth||Politics & Public Administration||
Critical approaches to Global Political Economy and Global Politics Politics of Globalisation and Global Governance Post-Communist Russia Global Development and Exclusion Globalisation and resistance
|Rory Costello||Politics & Public Administration||
European Union politics Coalition governments Elections and voting Political representation Legislative politics
|Scott Fitzsimmons||Politics & Public Administration||
Mercenaries and private security companies The culture and behaviour of armed forces Theories of international relations Theories of the origins, conduct, and outcome of wars Theories of foreign policy decision-making Terrorism and counterterrorism Insurgency and counterinsurgency The use of unpiloted combat vehicles in war
|Tom Lodge||Politics & Public Administration||
Political responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa South African political history Contemporary South African politics
Discourse analysis of the Oireachtas Debates on the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989
Discourse analysis of the Oireachtas Debates on the ‘Criminal Justice (Aggravation by Prejudice) Bill 2016’
Politicians’ constructions of the Carrickmines tragedy in the Irish press and broadcast media.
Political discourse regarding Traveller accommodation in the Irish press and broadcast media.
Frame analysis of media reporting on the case of Ibrahim Halawa.
Quantitative projects employing European Social Survey Data.
Postfeminism, and neoliberalism and gender politics The sociology of migration, diaspora and multiculture The changing role of the Catholic Church in Ireland Changing forms of work in the post-industrial economy
Stratification and inequality in Ireland Sociological analysis of life-histories using quantitative methods Cohabitation, marriage and divorce (using quantitative methods) Transport in Limerick/UL – promoting a modal shift away from the private car Any other sociological research project using quantitative methods
Family Research: such as step-families, lone parenthood, marital trends Educational topics: such as education inequalities, child development Labour market research: such as the role of social networks or the effects of unemployment Any other sociological research using quantitative methods
Globalisation, particularly cultural globalisation Gender and popular culture Sociology of subcultures Aspects of the sociology of consumption such as consumption, fashion and identity, Anything in the area of cultural sociology
A content analysis of Irish Print Media Representations of Homelessness in 2016
An analysis of a Current Affairs Television Programme focused on a specific social issue
An examination of Popular Music Fandom using qualitative interviews
Qualitative research on dieting culture Qualitative research on any aspect relating to the obesity debate Qualitative research on masculinities and health The sociology of the body The sociology of risk
Neoliberalism and the retraction of the Welfare State Urban Regeneration, Gentrification & Housing Policies Political / Media discourses of Migration (Inward or outward) Political / Social Protest
What is class identity? Understanding educational disadvantage Educational participation is closely linked to socio economic status, explain this pattern Gender stereotypes are still very evident in technical and scientific areas, explore why How children make sense of home and school
Bioethics and medical technology (reproductive technologies; genetic technologies) Sociological topics in the field of mental health politics, policy and practice (service user movement; psychiatric dominance; shift from institutional to community care; service user involvement in research, policy and practice) Sociological explorations of healthcare policy and practice (Private Health Insurance; Two-tier system; public-private mix; privatisation) Sociological explorations of reproductive politics (contraception, abortion, Assisted Reproductive Technologies) Qualitative studies of the illness (or caring) experience