Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH PH.D. (10)

CAO/PAC code : MHP02 (FT), MHP03 (PT)

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2020

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The award of the PhD is based entirely on a major research thesis. However, to ensure that our graduates obtain as thorough preparation as possible for their future careers, the university has put in place a structured PhD programme. Students in the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy PhD programme are required to take 60 credits worth of taught modules over the duration of the programme, of which some are generic, and some are required by the relevant department.

September (or other agreed time)

For entry to the combined MLitt/PhD programme see

Direct entry to the PhD is normally reserved for those with a Masters degree and is on the basis of prior approval of research topic. There are two basic
requirements for direct entry admission:

  1. A convincing and worthwhile research proposal of sufficient scope, the sources for which have been identified, and which can make a substantial contribution to historical scholarship. Proposals are normally of at least 4,000 words in length; it is particularly important that the location of the project in relation to existing literature be set out and that the location, nature and accessibility of primary sources be identified. Potential applicants are invited to consult with members of the department with relevant expertise (please see our
  2. Evidence of the capacity to complete the project to a high scholarly standard, in accordance with professional conventions, and in reasonable 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

Maynooth University is one of the principal centres of research into the history of Ireland. The department offers direction of research in every period of Irish history, including local history. The research specialisations of staff are as follows:

Dr Terence A Dooley
Specialises in Irish social and political history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the land question, the fortunes of great houses and estates, the work of the Irish Land Commission and the local politics of the revolutionary period. Has expertise also in policy matters concerning heritage and restoration.

Dr M Denise Dunne
Primary research interest is in the History of European integration focusing in particular on British policy on European integration. Other areas of research include the US-European transatlantic relationship in the context of European integration and the institutional development of the European Union from inception to date. Broad research and teaching interests encompass twentieth century European and American history.

Dr Colmán Etchingham
Pre-Norman Ireland from the fifth century to the twelfth, in particular the organisation of the church and its role in society, early Irish law, Irish kingship, the annals as a source, Vikings as raiders and settlers and Viking-Age relations between Ireland and Britain.

Dr Alison FitzGerald
The decorative arts and craft history; Irish design history and material culture, in particular, the history of goldsmiths, jewellers and allied traders; the production and consumption of luxury goods in the British Atlantic world during the eighteenth century; the history of collecting.

Professor Raymond Gillespie
Social and cultural change in early modern Ireland; the diffusion of print and the changing experience of reading in Ireland 1580–1700.

Professor Jacqueline R Hill
Research interests include eighteenth and nineteenth century Dublin, early modern political thought in Britain and Ireland, history of Irish guilds. Parallels/contrasts in Irish and Canadian history, especially in respect of religion and national identity, is an additional interest.

Dr David Lederer
Renaissance and Reformation; early modern Germany; history of psychiatry; gender studies.

Professor Marian Lyons
Irish migration to Europe and migrant experiences on the continent in the early modern period, with particular emphasis on France and specifically Jacobite migrants in Paris, c.1690–c.1730. Franco-Irish diplomatic and political relations in the sixteenth century. Ireland’s trading associations with France in the early modern era. Thomas Arthur, MD, of Limerick (1590–1675). The Kildare dynasty in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Ireland. Women in late medieval and early modern Ireland.

Dr Dympna McLoughlin
Irish social history; gender in nineteenth century Ireland; history of medicine. Research specialisms; gender and class nineteenth century Ireland; poverty and subsistence nineteenth century Ireland; emigration and the poor law; children, nineteenth century Ireland.

Dr JoAnne Mancini
History of the United States and its colonial antecedents; intersections of American and world history.

Dr Filipe Meneses
Lectures in Spanish and Portuguese twentieth century history, the First World War and the development of fascism, and Europe’s colonial empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His primary area of research is the Portuguese New State and its leader, António de Oliveira Salazar.

Dr Thomas O’Connor
Irish in Europe 1550–1800; Jansenism in 17th century; Roman Inquisition seventeenth century; political thought 1550–1700.

Dr Jacinta Prunty
Research and teaching interests encompass all aspects of urban, social and cartographic history, with a particular focus on the history of town mapping. She continues to work with the invaluable source materials produced by church charities and religious orders, and specialises in the study of their development from the early nineteenth century onwards.

Dr Ian Speller
Teaching and research interests include British foreign and defence policy in the twentieth century; military history and defence studies; naval history and maritime strategy; the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.

PhD students work with a supervisor for the duration of the programme to complete a major research thesis. Students must also take a combination of generic/transferable modules and subject specific/advanced specialist modules, and must attend and make a presentation to the departmental Research Seminar, for which they receive credit.


Course Duration: 4 years Full-time, 6 years Part-time

This structured research programme prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities, including lecturing, consultancy, government service, library, museum, arts work and publishing.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHP02 PhD Full-time
MHP03 PhD Part-time

Applicants for PhD direct entry are strongly advised to consult the department well in advance of their intended date of application.

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

A full CV, including educational and relevant professional experience. A Research Proposal of approximately 1000 words, outlining the research topic they wish to pursue. 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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