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 ConferenceThe AHSS Annual Conference normally takes place on campus at the University of Limerick at the end of the academic year, but due to Covid 19, the 2020 AHSS Postgraduate Conference was unable to go ahead.  Rather than cancelling the event completely, it was decided to run an Online Research  Poster display.   The online event would allow participants to develop new presentation skills and to share their research findings and methods with the postgraduate community and faculty. The response from the AHSS postgraduate community was fantastic and postgraduate researchers from the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology all submitted posters for the event.  With over thirty posters submitted, the themes of the posters cover topics such as Sheridan Le Fanu’s fiction, searching for Celtic cousins, group music therapy, managing life in prison, Irish EFL teachers, marriage equality referendum,  Russian opposition movement, various approaches to enhance the Irish educational system such as enhancing Arts education in Primary schools  and a study of addiction experience.  The poster format allowed the current research being undertaken in the Limerick region, to be shared and viewed. On the 29th April 2020, Dr. Niamh Nic Ghabhann , Assistant Dean, Research welcomed everyone online and was delighted that the collaboration between Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology continues.  Postgraduate researchers and faculty were able to view the posters on Facebook, leave comments, ask questions and the students were able to interact online.  Activity on the site was busy all day.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ahsspgconf/ The feedback was really good and the Online forum was appreciated by the academic community.  The event was organised by Dr. Niamh Lenahan.  Thank you to Jess Beeley who helped with Facebook and Kellie Whelan who assisted with Twitter.
  •  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