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Postgraduate Studies IRISH STUDIES Irish Studies Contents Introduction to the Institute 02 Programmes at a glance 05 Postgraduate taught programmes 06 Postgraduate research opportunities 08 Staff research interests 09 Module summaries 10 Admissions information 11 01 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish Irish Studies Introduction to the Institute The Institute of Irish Studies is unique in Britain and provides a stimulating environment for original research on Ireland and matters of Irish interest. It is regarded in Britain, Ireland and internationally as a centre of excellence for the study of Ireland. The importance of its contribution towards increased mutual Research Programmes understanding between Great Britain and Ireland, and between For research programmes (MPhil/PhD) the minimum entry both parts of Ireland, was recently recognised in the award by requirement is a Bachelors degree at upper second class level (2:1) the Irish Government of the Tony Blair Chair. The Institute was or above in an appropriate area of study. Applicants who do not established in 1988 as a teaching and research centre for meet the entry criteria for the MA programmes can be considered the development of Irish Studies in Britain. By adopting a for the PGDip programme. All research degree candidates are multidisciplinary approach, the Institute places the study of modern initially registered for the MPhil degree. Students wishing to continue Ireland in a broad intellectual and comparative perspective. All staff to PhD study transfer their registration after they have completed are research active and are engaged in a wide range of projects, at least one year as MPhil students and have demonstrated publishing acclaimed books and academic articles. We are satisfactory progress. All applicants are considered on a case by situated in building 141 (grid reference D4) on the Precinct Plan, case basis. Candidates who lack the above requirements will be www.liv.ac.uk/maps/liverpool-university-campus-map.pdf considered on their individual merits and are encouraged to discuss Research students have a new room dedicated for their use their particular circumstances with the programme directors listed in the building and postgraduate students are intrinsic to our on page 9. Overseas students will need equivalent qualifications friendly, supportive community. to those listed above and an acceptable English language qualification, see below. The Tony Blair Chair In July 2007, a £5million Tony Blair Chair in Irish Studies was International Qualifications endowed by the Irish Government in recognition of the world- Applications from international students are welcome. International leading research, teaching and promotion of Irish affairs carried qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition out by the University’s Institute of Irish Studies and the former Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines. Prime Minister’s instrumental role in helping to end the troubles in Northern Ireland by building strong relationships with the Irish English Language Qualifications Taoiseach and Northern Ireland politicians during his leadership All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of the UK government. of English language, and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University include GCSE English; The funding has also enabled several postgraduate scholarships GCE O level English; AS Level English; A Level English Language; and a new undergraduate programme in British and Irish Politics IELTS; TOEFL; Cambridge Proficiency etc. Please see to be launched and the expansion of outreach work both in Ireland www.liv.ac.uk/international If you meet our other academic and elsewhere on various peace-building programmes within requirements but do not achieve the required level of English, communities experiencing conflict. it is possible to come and study at Liverpool on the University’s summer academic English programmes. Admissions Information For details on how to apply for a programme, please refer to page 11. Typical requirement Entry requirements IELTS 6.5 Taught Programmes TOEFL iBT 88-89 For taught programmes (MA) the minimum entry requirement is International Baccalaureate Standard Level (Grade 5) a Bachelors degree at second class (2:1) level or above in an Hong Kong Use of English AS level C appropriate area of study. INDIA Standard XII 70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards WAEC C4 02 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish Irish Studies If you need to increase your IELTS score by a grade of 0.5 Career Opportunities (eg you need to improve from 6.0 to 6.5) you should attend the Our programmes aim not only to provide an in-depth understanding six week course. of Ireland but also to provide students with key transferable skills. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a grade of 1.0 Former postgraduates have gone on to further study as well as a (eg you need to improve from 5.5 to 6.5) you should attend the wide range of successful careers in areas such as teaching (at both ten week course. secondary and tertiary level), journalism, research and museum work. As Cathy Davies, who graduated with an MA in Irish Studies in If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 1.5 2001 highlights: “The diverse nature of the MA course, together with (eg you need to improve from 4.5 to 6.0) you should attend the the supportive staff, enabled me to develop a range of skills which 16 week course. have been invaluable in my new role as a lecturer in Irish literature. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 2.0 My overall experience of the Institute of Irish Studies has been so (eg you need to improve from 4.0 to 6.0) you should attend the overwhelmingly positive that I am proud to have been a part of it.” 20 week course. Institute Profile See www.liv.ac.uk/international/countries/index.htm for details. Students: Academic and research staff: 9 If you require additional English language training during your Undergraduate students: 100 study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS Postgraduate research students: 13 tests through its English Language Unit, details of which are Postgraduate taught students: 13 available at www.liv.ac.uk/elu Contacting the Institute of Irish Studies Financial Support Director of Graduate Studies We encourage all postgraduate students to apply for funding and Dr Diane Urquhart we are happy to proffer advice on this. Information on sources of T:+44 (0)151 794 3833/3831 funding may also be obtained by visiting the University web pages F:+44 (0)151 794 3836 (www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/money/funding.htm). Please E: email@example.com note that application deadlines apply to scholarships. www.liv.ac.uk/irish As part of its strategy to cultivate postgraduate research and study, Research Assessment Exercise 2008 the Institute also offers a limited number of bursaries for students 40% of research activity deemed world-leading or internationally wishing to pursue its programmes. Bursaries are awarded on a excellent and a further 35% internationally recognised. Joint 2nd competitive basis and contribute towards the payment of fees. highest proportion in the UK of activity deemed world-leading. Details may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies. Indeed, 100% of the Institute’s research environment was rated Postgraduate Taught Student Awards world-leading or internationally excellent. A range of awards, scholarships and bursaries are available The Institute’s mission is to be the main centre regionally and for those undertaking postgraduate study at the University. nationally for multi-disciplinary research into Ireland and its relations See www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/money/scholarships.htm worldwide. It is the top Institute in the UK for Irish Studies and is rated for more information. as excellent internationally. It has strong working links with related International Students units in the Universities of Aberdeen, Queen’s Belfast, Ulster, NUI The University of Liverpool administers and participates in many Galway, Queen’s Ontario and Auckland New Zealand. Patterns of scholarship schemes for international students. The majority of the postgraduate research student recruitment and completion testify scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit rather to a vibrant research student community, further enhancing the than hardship and students must normally hold an offer of a place core research areas, particularly the Religion/Identity/Northern on a course before they can apply. More details of all of these Ireland field. Research students are thoroughly integrated into awards are listed on www.liv.ac.uk/international/money-and- the Institute’s research culture and have many opportunities to scholarships/scholarships gain practice in teaching and presenting papers in a supportive environment. See www.liv.ac.uk/international/countries/index. htm for a full list. 03 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish Irish Studies I’m a PhD research student in the Institute of Irish Studies. My research is based in Ireland and so I needed to establish a network of contacts there quickly. This process was made easier for me because of the excellent reputation of the Institute together with help and support from my colleagues. As I continue my research I’ve been encouraged to become involved in various activities within the Institute and I’m finding the whole experience very enjoyable and rewarding. Carmen Tunney-Harper PhD, Institute of Irish Studies 04 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish Irish Studies Programmes at a glance Programme Major Page code code Faculty Full-time Part-time number Postgraduate Taught Programmes Irish Studies MA/PGDip Full-time MA/IRISH IRMA 1y 06 Part-time MA/IRISH/P IRMA 2y 06 Politics and Irish Studies* MA/PAIS POPAIS Understanding Conflict MA/UC IRUC 1y 2y 07 Postgraduate Research Opportunities MPhil/PhD Full-time MPHIL/AR/F IRMR 08 Part-time MPHIL/AR/P IRMR 08 y=year m=month s=semester Arts * This is a new programme, administered by the School of Politics and Communication Studies. Please see their brochure at www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/brochures/ for more details. As an Erasmus exchange student from Germany I enjoyed my experience at the Institute of Irish Studies so much that I returned to do the MA in Irish Studies. The small seminar groups and strong support from staff and students alike provides an ideal learning environment. Through its interdisciplinary approach, the Institute provides the opportunity to study various aspects of Irish culture, history, literature and politics. Liverpool, with its strong Irish connections and proximity to Ireland, forms an excellent location to research Irish Studies. I am very proud of being a part of this Institute, which is unique in the whole of Britain. Anna Pilz, MA, Institute of Irish Studies 05 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish Irish Studies Postgraduate Taught Programmes Programme Outline Irish Studies MA/PGDip The programme encourages the advanced, scholarly study of Modern Ireland, whilst providing a springboard for later research. Full-time The approach is multidisciplinary and comparative. Programme code: MA/IRISH Major code: IRMA Programme Structure The Diploma and MA share a common core, comprising four Programme length: 1 year compulsory modules. These provide a multidisciplinary introduction Part-time to advanced Irish Studies, and include a fieldtrip to Ireland. The Programme code: MA/IRISH/P modules are arranged thematically and are team taught by those Major code: IRMA with expertise in politics, Irish language, history, cultural geography, literature and women’s history. Part-time students complete these Programme length: 2 years four modules over a two-year period. All modules are taught in Programme Contact: Dr Kevin Bean small-group seminar format. For each module, Diploma and MA E: firstname.lastname@example.org students complete two pieces of assessed coursework. Students www.liv.ac.uk/irish on the MA programme also research and write a dissertation of 20,000 words (60 credits). Further details of the programme can be obtained by contacting the programme director (Dr Kevin Bean). Credits (180 credits Module Code Module Title Semester to be taken in total) IRIS508 Place and Practice 1 30 credits IRIS511 Image and Representation 1 30 credits IRIS509 Controversy and Conflict 2 30 credits IRIS510 Diaspora and Diversity 2 30 credits IRIS500 Dissertation 3 60 credits See module summaries on page 10. 06 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish Irish Studies Programme Outline Understanding Conflict MA This programme encourages the advanced study of conflict both from a Northern Irish and comparative perspective. Work Full-time placements with relevant organisations will also be available. Programme code: MA/UC Major code: IRUC Programme Structure Students will take three compulsory modules. During the first Programme length: 1 year semester, these modules will provide an introduction to the issues Part-time and methods involved in peace and conflict studies. In the second Programme code: MA/UC semester, students will take a compulsory module during which Major code: IRUC/P they will be taught about peace and reconciliation by professional Programme length: 2 years Peace Envoys who have worked in for example, the Middle East, Northern Ireland and East Timor. In addition, students will have Programme Contact: Dr Maria Power the opportunity to take optional modules exploring the history E: email@example.com and politics of Northern Ireland, comparative peace processes www.liv.ac.uk/irish and international peace and security. All modules are taught in a small-group seminar format with student presentations forming a key part of each session. During the summer, students will research and write a 20,000 word dissertation. Further details on the programme can be obtained by contacting the programme director (Dr. Maria Power). 07 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish Irish Studies Postgraduate Research Opportunities Lord Camden in Ireland, 1795-1798 MPhil/PhD The Famine in Co. Armagh Full-time A twentieth-century history of Irish informers Programme code: MPHIL/AR/F The social and cultural geography of contemporary Newbridge, Major code: IRMR Co. Kildare since 1983 Part-time EU funding for the management of archaeological monuments in Ireland and England Programme code: MPHIL/AR/P Major code: IRMR Irish migrant ‘New Woman’ writers Lady Gregory’s drama Programme Contact: Dr Diane Urquhart E: firstname.lastname@example.org Small nation migration and national identity: Ireland and Finland, www.liv.ac.uk/irish 1870-1914 Representations of masculinity in ‘The Bell’ literary magazine The influence of Russian literature on Irish writers Applications are welcomed from both full-time and part-time The Orange Order in Liverpool since 1945 students. The research interests and activities of individual Irish women in Liverpool, 1850-1950 members of staff cover a wide range of topics: Modern History and The Ancient Order of Hibernians: a Belfast-Liverpool comparison, Politics, Language and Literature, Geography, Women’s Studies, 1914-30 Cultural Geography, Northern Ireland, Religion and Identity, and Contemporary Liverpool Catholicism Irish Republicanism. In these areas, the Institute has a strong basis in terms of on-going projects, publications, and international Catholic elite education in the nineteenth century reputation. Training in research and other skills is provided Contemporary Irish republicanism throughout your time as a student. The Institute also provides Nineteenth-century Methodism financial support for research students to give papers at academic The co-operation between the German military and Irish conferences in the UK and Ireland. Examples of recent MPhil nationalism post 1916 and PhD research topics include: Sinn Fein and the peace process The Irish language in North-West England Sinn Fein and the media Migration in Irish drama, 1960-2000 France and Ireland, 1880-1923. The representation of the Great War in the poetry of Irish women 08 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish Irish Studies Staff Research Interests Professor Marianne Elliott, Director Dr Diane Urquhart, Deputy Director E: email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org Professor Elliott is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s Dr Urquhart is interested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century leading historians. Her research interests include the history of Ireland, particularly women’s history. Her early research pioneered political movements; religion and identity; political and cultural the comparative study of women in Ulster politics in the period history and eighteenth-century Ireland and France. Her biography, 1890-1940. She is the editor of The minutes of the Ulster Women’s Wolfe Tone: Prophet of Irish Independence, is much acclaimed and Unionist Council and Executive Committee, 1911-1940 and the co- has won numerous awards. Other publications include, Partners in editor of three collections: Coming into the light. The work, politics revolution: The United Irishmen and France and The Catholics of and religion of women in Ulster, 1840-1940; The Irish Women’s Ulster. She has also played an important role in the promotion of History Reader and Irish Women’s History. She has recently peace efforts in Northern Ireland, most notably serving on the published a triple political biography of the leading Anglo-Irish Opsahl Commission in 1993 and co-writing its report, A Citizen’s political hostesses entitled The Ladies of Londonderry: women Inquiry. In 2000 she was awarded an OBE for services to Irish and political patronage, 1800-1959. She is currently working Studies and the Northern Ireland peace process. on a history of Irish divorce. Dr Patrick Nugent Dr Kevin Bean E: email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Nugent’s work revolves around the historical geography of Dr Bean’s research interests focus on contemporary Irish politics, Ireland and Co. Clare society in the early modern period. He is the in particular Irish republicanism, theories of nationalism and national author of The Gaelic clans of Co. Clare and their territories, 1100- identity, state counter-insurgency policy and practice, the post- 1700 AD and has published numerous journal articles in both the Good Friday Agreement policy in Northern Ireland. His recent English and Irish language on various aspects of Clare history. He publication, The New Politics of Sinn Fein, examines the structural is also interested in Polish/Irish comparisons in both historical and and ideological shifts of contemporary Irish Republicanism. He has contemporary perspectives. He is the co-editor of Clare: history also published on the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the and society, a collection of essays on the history of his native county. political evolution of the Provisional Republican Movement in newspapers, magazines and journals. Dr Frank Shovlin E: email@example.com Dr Maria Power Dr Shovlin is interested in the English-language literature of Ireland E:firstname.lastname@example.org from the late-nineteenth century to the present, particularly the Dr Power’s work focuses on religious history, especially community history of the Irish book, Irish short story tradition, the history of relations, the Northern Ireland peace process and the role of religion periodicals, Patrick Kavanagh and James Joyce. He has published in conflict resolution. Her recently published monograph, From a monograph on Irish literary magazines in the middle decades of Ecumenism to Community Relations: Inter-Church Relations in the twentieth century and has also published several articles which Northern Ireland, 1980-2005, examined the means through which relate to the years around the Irish Literary Revival, c. 1890 and the Protestant and Catholic Churches in Northern Ireland promote 1920. He is currently working on a project which seeks to provide reconciliation. She is currently working on a history of Irish Catholic a new, historicized reading of James Joyce’s Dubliners (1914). priests serving as chaplains to the British Army. 09 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish Irish Studies Module Summaries Semester One Semester Two Image and Representation IRIS511 (30 credits) Controversy and Conflict IRIS509 (30 credits) Examines ‘Irishness’ from the medieval to the modern period as This module assesses the question of Irish uniqueness, historical well as the expression of tradition by assessing oral histories, controversy and the impact of revisionism as well as conflict and murals and visual imagery. The representation of the Northern its resolution from early to modern Ireland. Ireland ‘Troubles’ in writing and film will also be addressed. Diaspora and Diversity IRIS510 (30 credits) Place and Practice IRIS508 (30 credits) This module examines the complexity of Irish Studies by assessing This module provides an overview of Ireland and addresses topics such as migration, particularly the Liverpool Irish, ethnicity, the importance of regionalism from the early to the modern multiculturalism and the history of Irish women. period as well as including research skills training, for example, in questionnaire design, academic writing, ethics and oral Dissertation IRIS500 (60 credits) interview techniques. A 20,000-word piece of independent and original research relating to any aspect of Irish Studies. 10 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish Irish Studies Admissions Information There are separate application forms for postgraduate research Acknowledgement of your Application and taught programmes. For both, the easiest way to make The Postgraduate Admissions team will acknowledge receipt an application is to apply online. Go to www.liv.ac.uk/study/ of your application and will pass it to the appropriate academic postgraduate/applying/online.htm If you are unable to apply department(s) for consideration. online, you can apply by: Applications from Students with Disabilities Downloading a copy of the Postgraduate Application Form from We welcome applications from students with disabilities and the University’s website at: www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/ consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other applying/offline.htm and returning it to us by post or e-mail; or students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support Completing a hard copy of the Postgraduate Application form, needs it is important that you inform the University so that you available from the address below. If you complete a hard copy receive appropriate support. To discuss your situation or to obtain a of the Postgraduate Application Form, you will need to know the copy of the University's booklet, “A guide to support and services for Programme and Major codes for the programme of study you wish students with disabilities,” please contact a member of the Disability to undertake, in order to complete Section 2. The Programme and Support Team on T:+44 (0)151 794 4714 / 6676 or at Major codes can be found in this brochure under the relevant E: email@example.com programme entry. Admissions Policy All Applicants Full details of the admissions procedures for taught programmes In addition to the information required on the application form, operated by individual departments may be found in the you will need to send copies of the following documents to the departmental Postgraduate Admissions Policies, which Postgraduate Admissions team with your application: are available on the University’s website School or college transcripts/certificates www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate University transcripts Deadlines Degree certificates Although the University does not have an official deadline by which Evidence of English Language proficiency postgraduate applications should be received, some individual (EU and international applicants only) departments do have deadlines. Where this is the case, it is normally indicated in the text, but if you are in any doubt, please Personal statement contact either the department concerned or the Postgraduate Two references Admissions team: Proof of funding Postgraduate Admissions Research proposal (for MPhil/PhD applicants only) Student Recruitment and Admissions Office NB: We would advise that photocopies and scanned documents The University of Liverpool are acceptable at application stage. However, originals may Foundation Building be required should your application be successful. Brownlow Hill L69 7ZX Research Applicants UK Students applying for research degrees (MPhil/PhD) should in T:+44 (0)151 794 5927 addition, follow these steps: F:+44 (0)151 794 2060 Check the Institute’s research details towards the end of this E: firstname.lastname@example.org document and the Institute’s website to see if we can offer expert Representatives Overseas supervision in your chosen area of specialisation. In some countries the University works with local representatives Prepare a brief research proposal to outline the research project who can provide more information and help you with the application you would like to undertake. process. For further details, please visit: www.liv.ac.uk/international Submit a full application with all supporting documents, including a clear statement on how you intend to fund your research degree. 11 University of Liverpool www.liv.ac.uk/irish