Structured PhD (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) (Celtic Studies/Léann Ceilteach)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Humanities

Course overview

Download Structured PhD guidelines (PDF file) here.

As part of the doctoral training available on the Structured PhD programme, students avail themselves of a range of interdisciplinary taught modules. The wide menu of available options include modules that:

  • are Discipline-Specific in that they augment the student’s existing knowledge in their specialist area

  • are Dissertation-Specific in that they supply core skills which are essential to completion of the research project e.g. additional language skills

  • acknowledge a student’s professional development, e.g., presentation of a paper at an International Conference

  • enhance a student’s employability through generic training, e.g., Careers Workshops, computer literacy.

Each student will be assigned a primary Supervisor(s) and a Graduate Research Committee made up of experienced researchers to plan their programme of study and to provide on-going support to their research.

Programmes available

Structured PhD (Celtic Studies/Léann Ceilteach)—full-time

Entry requirements

Applicants for the above degrees must have a primary (or higher) degree in Irish or Celtic Studies with a Second Class Honours Grade 2, GPA 3.2, or an equivalent international qualification.

Areas of interest

Research degrees usually involve close study of Celtic languages and literatures (e.g., Irish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic), but may encompass religion, history, archaeology, and the interface with the Latin and Germanic traditions of the Celticspeaking regions. Postgraduate research usually entails some degree of comparative work, premised on the fact of the Celts’ original linguistic unity and subsequent long-enduring shared social and cultural features. The sources
utilised tend to be medieval, but some topics may require the use of written sources of earlier or later date. For certain topics, knowledge of research methodologies other than those associated with Celtic Studies may have to be attained. The Structured Doctoral Programme (cf. above) provides students with opportunities to acquire such training, and to learn non-Celtic languages (medieval and modern) that may berelevant for their research.

Find out more

Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha
T +353 91 493 010

PAC code

Important: apply by mid-July for September entry

Current project


Fees for this course

EU: €4,275 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of levy

Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

Current Students

Mona Jakob

PhD in Celtic Studies/Léann Ceilteach.

"I first came to Galway for my ERASMUS year in 2004/05 and during my time at NUIG I realised that I wanted to stay in the field of Celtic Studies. I decided, after I had finished my MA in Celtic Studies in Bonn, Germany, to come back to further my knowledge of Irish and Irish literature. For my MA thesis back in Germany, I wrote about the motif of the ’mad poet’ in medieval Irish literature, focusing on the story of Suibhne, the mad king/poet. I had always been fascinated by the intricacy of Irish and Welsh poetry and its metrics, so that I was delighted to be able to work on the ’Saltair na Rann’, a long Middle Irish poem of over 8,000 lines, telling the story of the Old Testament. I am currently working on the rhyming patterns of this poem and will be mainly concerned with the metrics and any patterns of meaning or concepts related to certain words and names that might arise from the actual rhyming words. The support I got and am still getting is great and it is wonderful that, through the connection of Roinn na Gaeilge with the Moore Institute, the students have the opportunity to do interdisciplinary work, to meet students and scholars with different backgrounds (History, Archaeology, Classics) and to receive support that is additional to what they receive from their ’home department’”

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