Irish and Celtic Studies MPhil

Irish and Celtic Studies is part of the Modern Languages research cluster, which provides a vibrant environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship. Recognised as a centre of excellence for research into the languages, literatures, histories, linguistics, visual cultures, and cultural identities of Europe and beyond, the cluster is founded on a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos. Within this cluster, Irish and Celtic Studies aims to promote and disseminate cutting-edge research across all periods of the Irish language and also focuses on aspects of language and literature in Scotland. Research in the unit is conducted on both an individual and collaborative basis.

Research Strengths

Staff have an established research profile across the spectrum of fields within Irish and Celtic Studies. Prominent areas include:

  • Folklore
  • Historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology
  • Language and Identity
  • Lexicography
  • Medieval Irish language and literature
  • Modern Irish literary studies
  • Onomastics

We also have a strong record in supervising comparative and interdisciplinary theses across the humanities and involving other Schools in the University.

"I've had a lovely time studying at Queen's for my PhD. There has always been great support, whether from my supervisor, other lecturers, staff or librarians. The postgraduate community is wonderful and having our own shared offices made a big difference. The atmosphere was at once studious and fun!"Audrey Robitaillié
PhD graduate, Irish and Celtic Studies

Career Prospects

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally. Our postgraduates not only go on to work in academia but find employment in the media and heritage industries, and in various arms of the civil service.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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MPhil Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Qualifications

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Additional Information for International Students

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

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