Postgraduate Research

We provide a superb package of expert supervision, research training and support. Staff are globally acclaimed researchers in their respective fields and we attract research students from all over the world to work with us.

Our doctoral students pursue many original lines of research across the spectrum of Irish Studies, including literature, history, politics, conflict and migration. Time frames span from pre-history to the present day and we have a superb Irish library housing many rare books, political papers and periodicals. There are also rich opportunities for expert dual supervision if you wish to pursue a cross-disciplinary topics.‌

Meet our Experts:

Professor Peter Shirlow, Director and Blair Chair 
Political violence, post-conflict transformation, policing and community, and the impact of ethno-sectarian reproduction
Professor Frank Shovlin, Head of Department
Twentieth-century literature and culture, particularly Irish fiction including James Joyce, John McGahern, periodical cultures, and modern poetry
Dr. Diane Urquhart, Reader 
Women’s history and political activism, legislative reform, and late modern Ireland
Dr. Lauren Arrington, Senior Lecturer
Nineteenth and twentieth-century- literature, particularly W.B. Yeats, modern drama, Modernism, and modern poetry
Dr. Kevin Bean, Lecturer
Twentieth- and twenty-first century history, especially Irish Republicanism
Dr. Clare Downham, Senior Lecturer 
Medieval Europe, especially Britain and Ireland AD 400-1350
Dr. Maria Power, Lecturer
Twentieth- and twenty-first history especially the history of the church, women’s activism, grass-roots organisation, and good relations 


See our online prospectus pages for details of our MPhil/PhD in Irish Studies and please contact Dr Diane Urquhart if you need any further information.

Our online staff profiles will also help you to learn more about the research interests of each of our staff members. Please email our Postgraduate Research Team if you would like to contact a member of academic staff with whom to discuss your research proposal.


Support for doctoral studies

More information about support that we can offer to our research students can be found on our School of Histories, Languages and Cultures postgraduate research homepage.