Limerick's Mary Immaculate College launches contemporary Irish studies PhD

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Limerick's Mary Immaculate College launches contemporary Irish studies PhD

AN exciting new programme focusing on contemporary issues in Irish society, politics and culture will begin at Mary Immaculate College Limerick later this year.

The Institute of Irish Studies at MIC is preparing to launch a new structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies, aiming to deliver a suite of modules focusing on contemporary Irish issues. 

Students who have a particular interest in the humanities and education, or who have an Irish American background or who simply wish to experience another culture are invited to apply for the new programme, launching in September.

The structured PhD combines the expertise of MIC lecturers with the dedicated research and graduate school facilities at the college, according to director of the Institute of Irish Studies and head of the Department of English Language and Literature Dr Eugene O’Brien. 

“This combination provides for a unique programme that allows for individual student attention and extremely flexible modes of delivery at a very competitive programme cost.”

The programme’s focus will be on contemporary Irish studies, and in particular, the study of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary areas of the Irish experience, he added. 

“This programme also offers students a diverse range of modules across a range of topics and subjects, a one year residential component, the option to complete the thesis through blended learning and a flexible part-time option. 

“Individuals who meet the entry requirements and have a particular interest in the humanities and education, or have an Irish American background or simple wish to experience another culture are invited to apply.”

Teaching on the one year residential component will take place on the MIC Campus. The next three years may then be spent on campus or off campus, completing the thesis portion of the programme.

Supervision will be undertaken by experts in the chosen areas, with access to the faculty’s significant record of publications in many areas of Irish Studies. 

Deadline to apply is May 31. See www.mic.ie.