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

CAO/PAC code : MHX02 (FT), MHX03 (PT)

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2020

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The aim of this programme is to provide students with a professional training in advanced academic research in early Irish literature, language and history, to deepen their knowledge in specific areas of these and to endow them with the research skills appropriate to work in this field.

Closing date

Research applications are generally accepted at any time.


September (or other agreed time)

Further information

For further information about the department, its members and modules offered as part of the PhD programme in Medieval Irish, see our website:

A student beginning a PhD in Medieval Irish will normally have at least a 2:1 at MA level in a relevant discipline; a good knowledge of Old Irish is desirable but not essential. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Prof David Stifter

Prof Stifter’s research interests lie in Early Irish language, philology and literature, in Ancient Celtic languages, and in comparative Celtic linguistics.

Dr Elizabeth Boyle

Dr Boyle's research focuses on the intellectual, cultural and religious history of medieval Britain and Ireland, especially Ireland's contacts with Britain and Continental Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries.

Dr Deborah Hayden

Dr Hayden's research interests centre on medieval Irish, Latin and Welsh language, literature and textual culture, in particular the history of linguistic thought and education in classical and medieval tradition, premodern Irish medical writing and its wider European context, early Irish lexicography, Irish and Welsh legal tradition, and translation literature.

As part of a Structured PhD Programme, students will take 15 credits in generic skills and 15 credits in subject-specific, advanced-level modules, particularly in the language and literature of early Ireland and manuscript reading and textual editing. The aim of the programme is to write a major thesis on a topic approved by the Head of Department, under the supervision of a designated supervisor.

Course Duration: 4 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Successful completion of these programmes will equip the student for further academic work and for employment in heritage, libraries and related institutions.  A completed PhD is the necessary requirement for and gateway to advanced academic work, in teaching and in research.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHX02 Full-time
MHX03 Part-time

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

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 their birth certificate or valid passport.

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