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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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Type FYP topic keyword(s) to find a suitable supervisor
Name Department FYP supervision areas Email
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

Ailbhe NicGiolla Chomhaill English, Irish, and Communication Email
Amanda Haynes Sociology

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.

Angela Farrell Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics


Anita Barmettler Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics Email
Annie Girardin-Halpin Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

French Literature, and in particular crime fiction and ‘la littérature de l’engagement’ French cinema Translation

Barrie Wharton Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Spanish Cinema

Bernadette Connaughton Politics & Public Administration

Public accountability

The role of political staff

Case study in Irish public policy

Implementation of EU environmental policy

Breda Gray Sociology
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
Brendan Halpin Sociology
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
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
Clair Sheehan English, Irish, and Communication

American Literature, Culture, and Comparative Literature

U.S. Political Narratives from 1620-Post-9/11

Civil Rights and Race

The Southern Gothic

The American Gothic

Mark Twain Studies


Conor Little Politics & Public Administration
Party politics.
Political careers.
Environmental politics and policy.
Irish and comparative politics and public policy. 
Darina Slattery English, Irish, and Communication
Information Design 
Instructional Design 
Online Collaboration/ Virtual Teams 
Technical Communication
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

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 Walsh English, Irish, and Communication
Technical Communication
Information design
Educational assessment
Instructional design
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

spoken language

corpus linguistics


language learning and technology

Frédéric Royall Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

The far right in contemporary France
The far left in contemporary France
French Euroscepticism
Protest in contemporary France
The Issue of "Communautarisme" in 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
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

An Fhiannaíocht

Dialects of Irish / Canúintí na Gaeilge

Scéim Aistriúcháin an Ghúim.

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

German film studies

German travel writing

Travel writing about Germany, Austria or Switzerland

utopian/ Science Fiction literature in Germany

utopian/ Science Fiction literature in Ireland

German culture and literature before 1900

Lee Monaghan Sociology
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
Máire Ní Ghráda English, Irish, and Communication

Irish folklore


Margaret Harper English, Irish, and Communication
20th-21st century Irish literature, especially modernist texts and poetry
American literature, especially modernist texts and poetry
Mariano Paz Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics
Hispanic Cultural Studies: Literature, 
Visual Arts 
Film Studies: Theory, 
Language, Politics and Ideology, 
Audiences Science Fiction; 
Utopian Fiction; 
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
Martin Power Sociology
Neoliberalism and the retraction of the Welfare State 
Urban Regeneration, Gentrification & Housing Policies 
Political / Media discourses of Migration (Inward or outward) 
Political / Social Protest
Mary O’Donoghue Sociology
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
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
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.
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
Niamh Hehir English, Irish, and Communication

Contemporary Irish Poetry and Fiction

Feminist Literary Criticism

Irish Women Writers

Trauma Theory and Literature

Early Twentieth Century Irish Literature


Nuria Borrull Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics
Spanish literature of post-war Spain
Translation Studies
Popular Music and Protest Song
The Independence Movement in Catalonia
Orla McDonnell Sociology
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
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
Richard Kirwan 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
Ross MacMillan Sociology

Comparative research, globalization, inequality, politics, life course

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
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)

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
Teresa Cuixeres Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics


Tom Lodge Politics & Public Administration

Political responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa

South African political history

Contemporary South African politics

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