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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Liverpool

  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The Institute of Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary centre of academic excellence with a global reputation for the study of Ireland. Our disciplinary base ranges from Irish history from medieval to modern times, literature, politics, conflict and peacebuilding, transformative justice, migration, cultural geography and gender studies.


We are a world-leading centre for Irish Studies research. Established in 1988, the Institute of Irish Studies is the only one of its kind within Britain. Its mission is to be the UK’s main centre for multidisciplinary research into Ireland and its world-wide relations.

The Irish government recognised our international standing in 2007 with a multi-million pound endowment to fund a Chair in Irish Studies. This funding has helped us to extend the scope of our teaching and research.

Our doctoral students pursue many original lines of research across the spectrum of Irish Studies, including literature, history, politics, conflict and its transformation as well as migration. Time frames span from the medieval to the present day and we have a superb Irish library housing many rare books, political papers and periodicals. There are also rich opportunities for expert dual supervision if you wish to pursue a cross-disciplinary topics.

If you would like to find out more about funding opportunities for MRes or PhD in the Humanities or Social Science programmes or to discuss applying for them the Institute of Irish Studies would be happy to hear from you. We would like to hear from any student wishing to apply to any major funding body who would like to study with us. We are part of the AHRC's Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership and the ESRC's Northwest Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership and we support applications to both.

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University of Liverpool

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    University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX, England

Renowned for excellent teaching in medicine, dentistry, business, law architecture and engineering.
Internationally recognised research themes include personalised health, infectious disease, advanced materials, and starting well, living well, ageing well.
Extensive support for international students includes a bespoke pre-arrival programme, meet and greet service and ‘Hello International!’ welcome.

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