PhD Research

PhD Programmes

The Institute supports PhD research in Irish Studies projects across a wide range of Schools and disciplines.

Contact us at if you'd like advice on suitable supervision and setting up interdisciplinary PhD projects. PhD applicants should then apply through their respective Schools.


Postgraduate Research Associates

We welcome all PhD students working in Irish Studies topics in the university to become Postgraduate Research Associates of the Institute. All Irish Studies-related PhDs are encouraged to participate in our weekly seminars and reading groups. Please contact us at if you'd like to be added to the list.

See our current list of Postgraduate Research Associates.

Previous PhD Projects in Irish Studies

Examples of PhD Research carried out in association with the Institute are as follows:

  • Paweł Romańczuk - 'Interface cultures. Different dynamics of social relations'
  • Stephen Miller - 'Sounding Dissent: Music, Resistance, and Irish Republicanism'
  • Erin Hinson – 'The UVF’s material production and compound prison experience'
  • Jonathan Evershed – 'Commemorative Practice in the Decade of Centenaries'
  • Karen Ketner - 'Eleventh night bonfires - tradition and change'
  • Cathal McManus - 'Language and Identity in Ireland 1890-Present'
  • Shawn Reming – 'Museums and the Troubles'
  • Nancy Anderson  - 'Re-imaging the Murals – Art and Policy in Northern Ireland'
  • Cristina Carnevali -  'The Saville Inquiry consequences and changes on identities, memory and the past'
  • Therese Cullen - 'An Ethnography of St Patrick’s Day in Downpatrick'
  • Sara Templer – 'Victims and Survivors in Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe'
  • Jaime Rollins-McColgan - 'Identity, music and commemoration - republican parading bands in NI'
  • Jackie Boucher-Witherow – 'Marching Bands and Peace Building'
  • Elena Bergia - 'The construction of gender in nationalist working-class West Belfast'
  • Bree Hocking - 'Public art, urban space, and the symbolic landscapes of a 'new' Northern Ireland'
  • Mary-Kathryn Rawlings - 'The Politics and Policy of Negotiating ‘Shared’ Space in Belfast'
  • Frances Harkin - 'The Irish Diaspora and the Gaelic Athletic Association in London'
  • Roz Goldie – 'Case studies of local government promoting good relations'
  • Betta Vigianni – 'Commemorative Practice in Belfast'
  • Mary Katharine Coghlan – 'Traditional Music Schools and Shared Identity'
  • Liam Kelly - '­­­­­­­­­Identity, Space and the Civil Rights Movement in Belfast'
  • Olwen Purdue, 'Big Houses of the North: the challenge to landed society in the north of Ireland 1880-1950'
  • Charles Carson, 'Technology and the big house in Ireland, c. 1800 – c. 1930'
  • Neil Fleming, 'A Political Biography of the Seventh Marquess of Londonderry (1878-1949)'
  • Maura Megahey, '"The reality of his fictions": An Exploration of the Nature of the Dramatic Achievement of Sam Thompson (1916-65)'