Maynooth University Department of English


Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHK04 (FT), MKH05 (PT)

CAO Points :

Students must take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules (at least 5 in generic/transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules) from the structured PhD programme.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time

September (or other agreed time)

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

Dr Conrad Brunström
Research interests focus on eighteenth century culture and literature, with  particular attention to theories of rhetoric, and gender theory.

Prof Joe Cleary
Areas of interest include: Ireland and postcolonial theory; postcolonial writing, particularly in relation to Palestine; literature and partition; history of Irish literary criticism.

Dr Denis Condon
Research interests include film in Ireland in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the interrelationships between popular theatre, tourism, and spectatorship; European cinema.

Dr Íde Corley
Specialises in postcolonial literatures and cultures with particular attention to Pan-African nationalism and black internationalism. Her research explores the transnational circulation of literary forms; the relationships between literary and social authority; and how globalizing forms and enactments of gender and
desire interact with local cultures in African and African diasporic contexts.

Prof Luke Gibbons
Prof of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies
Areas of interest range widely throughout Irish literary and cultural history from the eighteenth-century to the present, with special attention to Irish cinema, Edmund Burke, Joyce, culture and technology, and visual culture.

Dr Colin Graham
A wide range of research interests, including postcolonial theory, postmodernism, Irish visual culture, contemporary writing from Northern Ireland, and nineteenth-century poetry.

Dr Conor McCarthy
Research interests include Ireland and modernity, postcolonial theory, and the history of Irish intellectual culture.

Dr Emer Nolan
Research interests include James Joyce, contemporary Irish fiction and cultural theory, and nineteenth-century Irish fiction.

Dr Stephen O’Neill
Research interests in Shakespearean and early modern drama; Shakespeare and Ireland; Shakespeare and new media, especially YouTube.

Dr Moynagh Sullivan
Research interests include Irish postmodernism, gender theory and contemporary Irish women’s writing.

Students will develop their potential as future academics or may consider careers in teaching.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHK04 MLitt Full-time
MHK05 MLitt Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Covering letter and draft proposal.

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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