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The Institute of Irish Studies, the first of its kind to be established in the United Kingdom and Ireland (1965), is one of the leading centres for research–based teaching in Irish Studies, and is an internationally–renowned centre of Irish scholarship.

Research at MPhil or PhD level can be undertaken on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Entrance Requirements
The normal entry requirement is a primary degree with high honours (usually a 2.1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject. For overseas students, a Grade Point Average of 3.3, or higher, from an accredited institution is normally expected. In addition, for PhD, a first–class degree and/or a master's degree with research methods component is desirable.

Research Areas
The Institute will consider applications for research into any subject in the field of Irish Studies. Current research areas include History and Politics; Culture, Tradition and Heritage; Literature and Language; Communities, Identities and Conflict; Peoples and Place and Religion and Ritual. The Director of the Institute is . His research interests include political anthropology, ethnicity, Orangeism, policing and human rights. He is author of Orange Parades and co–author of Parade and Protest and Politics in Public. His is also the Chair of Democratic Dialogue, Ireland's first think–tank organisation.


The School of History and Anthropology website provides details on sources of funding for postgraduate taught Masters (MA) and Research (PhD) candidates applying for entry in September 2011.


Additional Sources of Funding for US Students

Our School website also contains information on sources of funding specifically for US students as well as obtaining a Stafford Loan.


Fee Rates

UK/EU Tuition Fees
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For general information on fees and funding opportunities for both local and international students, visit the university’s Postgraduate Office webpages.

Application Procedure

Applications can be made using the University's online application system (University Admissions Office) at
The application form is designed to be completed online and submitted electronically to the university. Information can be saved and edited before submission.

Guidance Notes are also available on the web page below. The Notes contain useful information which will be of help to you later in the year should you have any queries.

Special Features
The Institute has strong links with universities in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. Academics and scholars regularly avail of the Institute's facilities to conduct research. American universities with whom the Institute has special relationships regularly send postgraduate students and participate in its ongoing programme.

Students of the Institute of the Irish Studies go on to make careers, not only as scholars, but in the media, in the heritage sector and in business.