Why choose AHSS for your PhD?

Why choose AHSS for your PhD?


The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) Graduate Research Centre is the primary point of contact for new AHSS postgraduate research students. The Graduate Research Centre is located in the Foundation Building where an appropriate study environment is provided for AHSS research postgraduates. The Research Administrator, Dr Niamh Lenahan (pictured right), is also located in the Foundation Building, on the Ground Floor. Through this office, students are introduced to the facilities of the centre. Each student is given access to:

  • A dedicated desk
  • A computer 
  • Printing

Enhancing your research skills, and funding help

The research postgraduate community are supported and informed of research events, funding opportunities, relevant workshops, seminars and conferences and can also avail of financial support opportunities as part of their research. 

  • Research Skills and Workshops: 

    The Faculty of AHSS also organises Professional Development Support workshops for students. Past workshops have included: IT skills, Building an Online Research Profile, E-Learning, and careers. Click here to find out more about our Faculty workshops

    In addition to this, our postgraduate student community have organised a series of seminars on 'PhD life hacks'. These have included talks on writing, time-keeping, staying motivated, study/life balance, networking and speaking at conferences and more.

    Click here for a list of upcoming events for our Postgraduate Researchers.

  • Annual Postgraduate Research Conference:  The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has organised an annual AHSS Postgraduate Research Conference on the 29th of April 2020.  The conference highlights the research of the Faculty’s postgraduate students, and gives students the opportunity to present in a real conference environment. Conference sessions are chaired by the PhD students themselves. It is an important part of their overall academic training but is also an opportunity to share ideas and experiences. To see photos, papers and posters from past Postgraduate Conferences, visit our blog.
  • Funding support for your research activity: The AHSS Faculty Research Support Scheme annually invites applications to support research activities in the form of conference presentations; fieldwork and the organisation of conferences/workshops/symposia.  Our postgraduate students are entitled to apply for this funding, which is based on a competitive basis each year. View our latest successful funding applicants and their reports here.
  • Fee waivers and scholarships: The Faculty annually offers a number of Fee Waivers and Scholarships to PhD candidates on a competitive basis. Visit this page for current opportunities.
  • Certificate in Generic & Transferable Research Skills for Structured PhD students: The Certificate in Generic & Transferable Research Skills was developed to support researchers undertaking structured PhD programmes at the University of Limerick. The programme aims to provide researchers with a range of generic and transferable skills that serve them, both in the completion of their research and in the career path that they may follow after their graduation. The programme consists of six 3-credit ECTS modules and is delivered via blended learning. Further information: http://www.ul.ie/cpe/node/1051


Further information

If you are interested in pursuing an MA or PhD by research or a Structured PhD, please visit the UL Graduate School website or contact:
Dr Niamh Lenahan
AHSS Graduate Research Centre
University of Limerick
Tel: + 353 61 202945