Research Degrees: MA and PhD

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Research Degrees: M.A. and Ph.D.

The Department offers Ph.D. and M.A. degrees by research. The supervision interests of the faculty members are diverse and range widely in chr onological and geographical terms from sixteenth-century Europe to contemporary Irish history.


The degree of Doctor of Philosophy can be pursued within the department under the supervision of faculty and can also be taken as part of a structured doctoral programme. Besides a supervisor, all Ph.D. candidates will have the benefit of a panel of two other historians who will annually discuss progress towards research goals and dissertation completion.

Graduate School prospectus

IRCHSS/IRCSET Graduate Research Education Programme (GREP)

‘Gender, culture and history; international, national and local contexts, 1922-70’

This is an interdisciplinary thematic doctoral programme offered by the School of English, Film and Drama Studies, University College, Dublin;the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin; the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College, Dublin; the School of History and Archives, the Queen’s University, Belfast; and the Department of History, University of Limerick.

The programme covers three major interlinking, interdisciplinary research strands, combining studies of history, literature and visual culture, specifically:
1. Gender, cultural change and artistic practice in Ireland, 1922-70;
2. Gender, cultural memory and local identities, 1922-70, and
3. Gender, national policy and international practice

This part of the programme includes two distinct but related doctoral projects:
(i) Gender and Ireland’s foreign relations, 1919-70
(ii) International medical practice and national medical policy, 1922-60.

The research is supported by dedicated modules:
HU8012 Digital humanities
HU8022 Research methods in historical and cultural studies
HU8013 Summer placement

The programme provides opportunities for placements, establish mentoring and supervision and promotes the acquisition of a range of high-level professional and/or transferable skills, including:
1. Training in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research;
2. Excellent grounding in the application of digital technologies to research in
3. Presentation and communication skills in digital media, print media and orally;
4. Training in collaborative and inter-institutional research projects; and the
    communication and management skills required for such projects, and
5. An understanding of the role gender in cultural and historical research.

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