Structured PhD (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) (Spanish Studies)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Languages, Literature and Culture

Course overview

Download Structured PhD guidelines (PDF file)  here.


The Structured PhD in Spanish Studies at NUI Galway offers students a unique opportunity to study under the guidance of academics with expertise in Spanish Cultural Studies, translation, linguistics, second language acquisition, detective fiction, gender studies, issues of identity in literature and issues of space and place in literature. Perhaps one of the most exciting elements of the Structured PhD is the wealth of cross-disciplinary modules offered to the student, which serve to consolidate the student’s learning and guide them towards very interesting and innovative interdisciplinary theoretical approaches to their research topic. It is also envisaged that students on this programme will engage in research in Spain during their studies.

Admission to a Structured PhD is at the discretion of the potential supervisor and the Head of discipline; it is based on a proposal from the applicant, following discussion with the staff member whose academic area of interest is most appropriate. Candidates should possess an honours degree in Spanish (Second Class, Grade 1 minimum) and should normally hold an MA in a relevant area.

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, e.g., Language and Intercultural Communication

  • 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 (Spanish Studies)—full-time

Entry requirements

Candidates should possess an honours degree in Spanish (Second Class, Grade 1 minimum [or equivalent international qualification]) and should normally hold an MA in a relevant area

Areas of interest

Dr Mel Boland
Linguistics; Latin American literature; translation studies.

 

Dr Lorraine Kelly
Modern Latin American Literature; Mexican women writers; Contemporary Latin American Studies.

 

Dr Kate Quinn
Southern Cone literature and politics; history and theory of the detective genre in Spain and Latin America; historical narrative.

 

Professor Bill Richardson
Spanish language and linguistics; Spanish-English translation; Spanish Second Language Acquisition; deictic reference in Spanish and English; the works of Jorge Luis Borges; the links between language, culture and cognition.

 

Dr Lorna Shaughnessy
Modern Spanish poetry; Modern Latin American poetry; political writing from Central America; cultural theory and post-colonial literatures; women’s movements and popular culture in Central America.

Researcher profiles

Dr Mel Boland
Dr Lorraine Kelly
Dr Kate Quinn
Professor Bill Richardson
Dr Lorna Shaughnessy

http://www.nuigalway.ie/spanish/research/staff.html

Find out more

Professor Bill Richardson
T +353 91 492 136
bill.richardson@nuigalway.ie

PAC code

GYG29

Fees for this course

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

Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

Current Students

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