Research in AHSS
Research in AHSS
Research within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick - welcome!
Welcome to the Research website for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick. This website provides a useful overview of our many research activities, groups, centres and clusters. You will find our newsletter, links to our blog and social media accounts, as well as researcher profiles and links to the constituent schools in the Faculty.
The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a dynamic and ambitious faculty, with a wide range of research strengths and globally-connected expertise. This Faculty includes:
- School of English, Irish and Communication
- School of History
- School of Law
- School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics
- Department of Politics and Public Administration
- Department of Sociology
- Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
We have a vibrant and supportive research community here at the University of Limerick, with students and faculty leading research into areas as diverse as hate crime legislation, arts and health, early modern European history, dance as an expression of identity, fan culture and popular music, the writings of W.B. Yeats, and language acquisition and teaching. These areas reflect just some of the diverse research strengths and areas of expertise with the Faculty. We have a number of research groups, centres and clusters that reflect particular areas of research excellence and impact within the Faculty, and which regularly organise events, lectures and seminars.
You can find out more about the research groups, centres and clusters here: www.ul.ie/artsoc/research/research-centres
Researchers within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences also work closely with our colleagues across the three other faculties at the University of Limerick, and we are dedicated to supporting translational and interdisciplinary research excellence.
Our Faculty is successful in attracting research funding at national and international levels, in publishing and performing research with prestigious journals, publishers and venues, and our programmes and schools have won multiple awards for excellence and innovation in education.
Joining our research community
If you are interested in joining our Faculty on one of our taught MA programmes, you can find a full list here: www.ul.ie/artsoc/taught-programmes
If you are interested in expanding your research and career horizons by engaging in a taught MA programme with us at UL, but are not sure about which taught programme might be right for you, please get in touch with us at the Faculty and we can advise you on the best programme to support your own research and career aims. We also have a number of Postgraduate Open Days and you can find the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the major career and postgraduate options fairs throughout Ireland and internationally.
If you are interested in embarking on an MA by research, or a PhD with us in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, you can find application instructions here: www.ul.ie/artsoc/pg-research/applications
If you would like to join our PhD research community but would like to find out more about potential supervisors, please contact Dr. Niamh Lenahan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with an outline of your proposal via email, and further assistance and information will be provided.
If you are interested in engaging with the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science as a postdoctoral researcher or visiting researcher, please contact the member of faculty that you are interested in working with directly, or contact the Faculty office directly.
A supportive and ambitious research culture
Research within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences can access research supports, resources and infrastructure. Individual PhD students have a research carrell within the PG research area, and can apply for annual research funding to support their activities. Fee waivers and scholarships for our programmes are advertised in March, and a range of scholarship options are also advertised on the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance website.
Students of journalism have access to a new state-of-the-art television news studio facility, and researchers in music and dance practice have access to our excellent studio facilities and practice areas.
The Glucksman Library, Archives and Special Collections provide important research support through its physical and digital collections, but also through its collections of primary sources, manuscripts and rare book collections. The relocation of the extraordinarily rich and valuable Bolton Library collections to the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick represents a particularly exciting opportunity for researchers working here.
The Faculty regularly organises training events in order to support postgraduates and early career researchers develop their professional skills. These include our PhD Life Hacks event, funding clinics, research brown-bag seminars, and the annual Inbhear event which focuses on supporting researchers in the publication and dissemination of their research across a range of disciplines and practices.
We work closely with our neighbouring cultural institutions such as Dance Limerick, the Hunt Museum, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Music Generation Limerick City, the University Concert Hall, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Limerick City Museum. Students can also engage with our rich art collections on campus, including the National Self-Portrait Collection. Many of our programmes, including the new MA in Public History and Cultural Heritage, the MA in Creative Writing, the MA in Community Music and the MA Festive Arts reflect career opportunities for our graduates within the creative and cultural industries.
Researchers are also supported by a range of resources, workshops and writing retreats available through the Regional Writing Centre.
Many of our events, seminars and concerts are free and open to the public. There are many ways of engaging with the vibrant and globally-connected research culture here within the University of Limerick, so do sign up to our research newsletter, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive updates. You can also read about upcoming concerts, seminars and events that are free and open to all at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the Of Our Times/ Comhaimseartha brochure.
My job as Assistant Dean for Research is to support the different research activities across the faculty. If you have a query about engaging with research within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences here at the University of Limerick, please do not hesitate to contact me via email.
Dr Niamh NicGhabhann
Assistant Dean of Research
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick