National University of Ireland, Galway: Medieval Studies (Doctor of Philosophy - PhD)

InstitutionNational University of Ireland, Galway
Department School of Humanities
Telephone 00353 9149 5999
Study type Research


During their 1st years, depending on their previous qualifications, students participate in either 1 or 3 semesters of sources and resources, a seminar focusing on palaeography and manuscript studies, but also treating auxiliary sciences such as diplomatic, heraldry and philology and including a team-work web-based project on a medieval scriptorium. They also take Latin and 1 or 2 other medieval vernacular languages (no prior knowledge of these languages is required). In order to refine their research proposals, students carry out intensive bibliographical investigation under the direction of their supervisor(s). In year 2 all students complete a project-based module in an area like university tutoring; assisting in research, conference organisation or management of research resources; or reaching out to schools or local community groups. A PhD thesis of 80,000 words is completed by the end of Year 4.

1 course option

Qualification Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
Level NFQ Level 10
Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have obtained an Honours BA degree (NFQ level 8) in a participating discipline (archaeology, classics, history, or English, French, German or Irish language and literature), at the minimum class of 2nd Class Honours, grade 1 (or equivalent international qualification; e.g., BA with GPA of 3.3); some applicants might have been awarded an MA in 1 of those disciplines as well.


Research areas include: late antique and Medieval worlds from the perspectives of archaeology; classics; history; and English, French, German or Irish language and literature.

Location National University of Ireland, Galway
University Road
H91 TK33

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