Research course

Irish Studies

University of Liverpool · Institute of Irish Studies

Entry requirements

For research degree programmes the typical minimum entry requirement is a Bachelors degree (with Honours) at 2:1 level or better in an appropriate field of study. Equivalent overseas degrees together with an acceptable English language qualification are also accepted, please see below.

Months of entry


Course content

The research interests and activities of individual members of staff cover a wide range of topics: Early Irish History, Modern History and Politics, Language and Literature, Drama, Women’s Studies, Cultural Geography, Northern Ireland, Religion and Identity, and Irish Republicanism.

Subject Overview

In these areas, the Institute has a world renowned, publications, research and international reputation. Training in research and other skills is provided throughout your time as a student. The Institute also provides financial support for research students to give papers at academic conferences in the UK and Ireland. Examples of recent MPhil and PhD research topics include:

  • Migration in Irish drama, 1960-2000
  • The representation of the Great War in the poetry of Irish women
  • A twentieth-century history of Irish informers
  • The social and cultural geography of contemporary Newbridge, Co. Kildare since 1983
  • EU funding for the management of archaeological monuments in Ireland and England
  • Mass rocks and Catholic identity, 1690-1750
  • The reformation in Cork
  • Irish migrant ‘New Woman’ writers
  • Lady Gregory’s drama
  • Small nation national identity: Ireland and Finland, 1870-1914
  • ‘The Bell’ literary magazine
  • The influence of Russian literature on Irish writers
  • Irish contemporary crime writing
  • Contemporary Irish fiction
  • Faith-based volunteering in Northern Ireland
  • The Orange Order in Liverpool since 1945
  • Irish women in Liverpool, 1850-1950
  • The Ancient Order of Hibernians: a Belfast-Liverpool comparison, 1914-30
  • The Sisters of Mercy in Liverpool
  • Catholic elite education in the nineteenth century
  • Nineteenth-century Methodism
  • Early twentieth-century republicanism in the north-west of England
  • Sinn Fein and the media
  • France and Ireland, 1880-1923
  • The cult of St Columba
  • Economic and environmental factors contributing to the Black Death in Ireland
  • The Creation of a gens Normannorum et Anglorum at the Battle of the Standard (1138)
  • Vikings of the Irish Sea and Early Modern Piracy

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    24-48 months
      part time
      48-84 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        12-48 months
          part time
          24-72 months

          Course contact details

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