Entry requirements

2.1 grade or higher in relevant BA or equivalent. All candidates for postgraduate research degree must have an undergraduate qualification in Spanish or a relevant subject area. PhD candidates must have a postgraduate qualification in Spanish or a relevant subject area. Applicants for research degrees are requested to contact the Head of Department, enclosing relevant academic transcripts, an outline of the proposed area of research, and the names of two referees. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Months of entry


Course content

Central objectives of the Structured PhD Programme in Spanish are to introduce students to academic communication and educate them in the same through active participation and presentation at departmental graduate symposia, at research conferences nationally and internationally; to foster their specific research skills; to extend their knowledge in their respective and related fields of expertise.

Research Environment
The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SMLLC) runs friendly, informal research seminars and regularly invites guest lecturers to share their expertise with the Departments in the School. Members of the Department, including postgraduate students, participate in national and international conferences.

The option of jointly-supervised research with another Department from the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy or the Faculty of Social Sciences is also available: www.maynoothuniversity.ie/spanish/postgraduates

European Doctorate
PhD students who have a strong European Language element to their research can apply for a European Doctorate. For further information, please contact Graduate Studies Office at www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL (Paper based test): 585; TOEFL (Internet based test): 95; PTE (Pearson): 62; Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Department of Spanish