PhD Admission Procedures

To be eligible for consideration to enter on a programme of study and research for the Degree of PhD, a candidate must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours, Grade I, in an approved primary degree.  It is increasingly the case that applicants for a PhD will have completed an MA prior to embarking on PhD research. 

Before making an application, we advise you to consult the research profiles of our staff and contact a staff member who has expertise in the area in which you are interested and who may be willing to act as your supervisor.  All applications for a PhD in English (and in the College of Arts more generally) must include a Research Proposal, which your prospective supervisor will want to read before you submit a formal application.  You may receive some guidance on improving your proposal before the formal application.  If you would like to make a general enquiry about the posibility of doing research on a particular topic, please contact the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, currently Dr Alan Gibbs: a.gibbs@ucc.ie

All applications (whether EU or Non-EU) are made online at http://www.pac.ie/ 

Once your application is received by UCC via PAC, it will be forwarded to the School of English, and approved by the named supervisor(s) and the Head of School.   It must then be approved by the College of ACSSS. The process, from initial enquiry to final approval, can take several months, so do be sure to plan well in advance.  There are 4 recognised start dates for PhD students in UCC: October, January, April and July.  

In the case of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, all successful applicants are registered as "PhD track" (i.e. provisional registration for a PhD) in the first instance. Students will be subject to a review within 12 to 18 months from the date of registration and will be required to demonstrate progress in the form of 10,000 words minimum written work, as well as defending their work at interview. Students may then, on the recommendation of the Head of Department/School and the Supervisor(s) and with the approval of the College/Faculty, transfer to the PhD. 

For further guidance on application procedures, fees and entrance requirements please consult the following links:

Study@UCC: Postgraduate Students

Studyabroad@UCC (International Students)

Information about the PhD Excellence Scholarships provided by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences PhD Excellence Scholarships is published on the CACSSS Graduate School website.

PhD students are also encouraged to apply to the IIRC's Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme. More information on deadlines for the Irish Research Council scholarships can be found IRC website.

The graduate students and postgraduate researchers of the School of English have an excellent track record in securing scholarships and research funding, in what is an increasingly competitive environment.  The various awards made are listed here by year

2015

IRC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Kathy D'Arcy

A Poetic Heteroglossia Re-Articulating 1930s Irish Women's Poetry: Weighted Silences" 

Rebecca Graham

"An Ecofeminist Reading of Identity, Place, and Language in Éilís Ní Dhuibne's Fiction" 

David Roy

"The Unity of Edmund Spenser's Complaints

2014

IRC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Dan O'Brien

"The Intertwining Fiction of Philip Roth and Edna O'Brien: 'A Piece of Fine Meshwork'"

 Murphy Irish Exchange Fellowship (University of Notre Dame)

Dan O’Brien 

"The Intertwining Fiction of Philip Roth and Edna O'Brien: 'A Piece of Fine Meshwork'"

2013

UCC CACSSS 2013/14 PhD SCHOLARSHIP

Rebecca Graham

"An Ecofeminist Reading of Identity, Place, and Language in Éilís Ní Dhuibhne's Fiction"

Eoin O'Callaghan

"William Faulkner's 'Snopes' Trilogy"

IRC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Donna Alexander

"Women in the Borderlands in the Writings of Gloria Anzaldúa and Lorna Dee Cervantes"

Gwendolen Aoife Boyle

"Autobiography and Fiction in the Work of Thomas Wolfe"

Mark Kirwan

"Banville as Writer: The Discursive Practices of John Banville"

Laura Pomeroy

"Mary Devenport O'Neill: Writing the Free State"

2012

IRC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

James Cummins

"'I shall / be in my segments': Dissecting and Reassessing Raworth's Oeuvre through a Multitude of Influences"

Siobhan Higgins

"Britain's Bourse: Cultural and Intellectual Transmissions between the Low Countries and Britain in the Early Modern Era"

Edel Mulcahy

"Travel, Pilgrimage and the Family in Middle English Writing"

Niamh O'Mahony

"Poetic Epistemology and Philosophical Fact"

Michael Waldron

"Verbal Painting: Elizabeth Bowen and the Art of Visuality"

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

Niamh O'Mahony

"Poetic Epistemology and Philosophical Fact"

2011

UCC COLLEGE OF ARTS, CELTIC STUDIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES PHD SCHOLARSHIP

Donna Alexander

"Women in the Borderlands in the Writings of Gloria Anzaldúa and Lorna Dee Cervantes"

2010

IRCHSS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP 

Coirle Mooney

"Infected Vision in the Works of Thomas Middleton"

WILLIAM J. LEEN AWARD (UCC)

Niamh O'Mahony

"Poetic Epistemology and Philosophical Fact"

IRCHSS CARA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

Dr. Carrie Griffin (UCC)

Learning and Information in the English Middle Ages and Early Modern Period: An Analysis of Textual Genres, Material Structures and Reorganisation.

UCC DOCTORAL SHOWCASE

Michael Waldron (2nd Place)

2009

IRCHSS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Adrian Goodwin 
“The Language of Space”: The Influence of Twentieth Century Irish Gay and Lesbian Narrative on the “Post-Gay” moment in Irish Literature.

Colin Lahive  
"Milton and Romance: Vernacular Romance and Chivalric Traditions in Paradise"

Cian O'Mahony  
“A King for the Queene”: Samuel Sheppard’s The Faerie King and his reception of Spenser’s epic authority.

Bairbre Anne Walsh 
"Claude McKay and the Transnational Novel"

2008

IRCHSS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Alan Foley, "The Objects of Laughter:  A Poetics of Humour in Old and Middle English Literaure".

Sarah Kate Hayden, "Resonances of the Radical in the Female Modernist Poetic"

2007

IRCHSS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS 

Richard A. Hawtree, "Vox Meditans:  Studies in the Anglo-Saxon Liturgical Imagination and the Unity of Old English Poetic ManAuscripts.

Victoria Kennefick, "Lonely Voices of the South:  Exploring the Transatlantic dialogue of Frank O'Connor and Flannery O'Connor"

IRCHSS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

David Coughlan, "Ghosts of American Writing"

NUI POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

Liam Lenihan

2006

IRCHSS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Daniel Kennedy,  “Transgression, Textual Violation and the New Narrative”

UCC COLLEGE OF ARTS, CELTIC STUDIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES PRESIDENT'S SCHOLARSHIP

Katherine D'Arcy

IRCHSS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

Dr Andrew King, "Mirrors Of British Kingship: The Galfridian Tradition in Early Modern Drama"

2005

IRCHSS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Sarah Louise Melnyk, “The Arthurian Legend in Scottish and English Literature”  

2004

IRCHSS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Mary O’Connell,  “Truth from the bookseller”:  Murray, Moore and the manufacturing of Byron

Louise Denmead,  “Representations of ‘Blackness’ and the Female Foreigner in Aemilia Lanyer and Elizabeth Cary.”

Sorcha Fogarty, In Memoriam:  Jacques Derrida, The Working of Mourning, and the Regeneration of Responsibility.

IRCHSS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

Dr Mary Pierse, “George Moore and Early Literary Impressionism” 

2003 

IRCHSS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Emma Bidwell, "Female Performance of Masculinity." 

2002

IRCHSS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Siobhan Collins, "Discourses of sexuality in the poetry of John Donne"

Eileen Forristal, "The sublime in Virginia Wolf"

Kalene Nix-Kenefick,  "Una Troy (1910-1993)"

IRCHSS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

Dr Tina O’Toole, “Narrating the new woman: the feminist fictions of Sarah Grand and George Egerton."

Dr Jason King, "Refugee narratives in Irish historical and contemporary perspective"

IRCHSS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

Dr Lee Jenkins, "The language of Caribbean poetry" 

Dr Margaret Connolly,  “An Index of Middle English Prose in the Main Manuscript Collection of Cambridge University Library”.

SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

Professor Patricia Coughlan,  "Gender, sexuality and social change in Irish literature 1960-2000"

2001

IRCHSS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Susan Burke, “The Presence of Wollstonecraft in the Work of Mary Shelley.”

Ruth Connolly, “Subjectivity in the Writings of Mary Boyle Rich and Katherine Boyle Jones.”

Brendan Kavanagh, “W.B. Yeats and Eastern Mysticism”

Catherine MacHale, “Infinity in Language and Literature.”

Eleanor Neff, “A Comparative Study of Beowulf and the Tain Bo Cuailnge”  (Department of Celtic Civilisation and Department of English).

Paul O’Connor,  “Sensibility & Romanticism:  The Poetics of Modernity.”

Michael O’Sullivan, “Where is the Ethics in Ethical Criticism?”

Mary Pierse, “Rattling the Railings:  George Moore’s Creative Literary Resistance to Late Victorian Society.”

2000

IRCHSS POSTGRADUTE SCHOLARSHIP

Kenneth Rooney, “Timor Mortis: Aspects of the Macabre in Late Middle English Narrative.”

 

 

 

YEAR
NAMETHESIS TITLE
2014 Heffernan, Niall "Scientism and Instrumentalism after the Bomb: Dr Strangelove, End Zone, Crash, and The Wire"

2013

Pyburn, Daniel "Catholicism in the writings of Colm Tóibín"

2013

Boyle, Gwendolen "Thomas Wolfe and the genre questions: Beyond the 'Charge of Autobiography'"

2013

O'Mahony, Cian "A King for the Queene: Samuel Sheppard’s The Faerie King and his reception of Spenser's Epic authority"

2013

Mooney, Coirle "Infected Vision in the Works of Thomas Middleton"

2013

Lahive, Colin "Milton and Romance: Vernacular romance and chivalric traditions in Paradise Lost"

2013

Murphy, Carmel "History, revolution and the British popular novel: historical fiction in the romantic age"

2012

Buchanan, Avril "The Renaissance re-imagination"

2012

Costello, Lisa "Diverse Heritage: Exploring Literary Identity in the American Southwest"

2012

Hayden, Sarah "'intimate irritant': Constructions of futurist, dada and surrealist artisthood in the work of Mina Loy"

2012

March, Kirsty "Performance, transmission and devotion: understanding the Anglo-Saxon prayer books, c. 800-1050"

2012

Dorrington, Jesse "Defining 'the deare spouse of Christ' : the polemically protestant employment of the sitch in early modern English witchcraft texts"

2011

Foley, Alan "To 'maken folk to laughe' : humour in medieval English writing"

2011

McCarthy, Bernadette "The 'lidless eye': William Butler Yeats, Visual Practice and Modernism"

2011

Huguelet, Mary Catherine "Editing modernity : H.L. Mencken, George Lorimer, and the early magazine owrk of F. Scott Fitzgerald" /

2011

Walsh, Bairbre "Claude McKay and the Transnational Novel"
2011 Madden, Leonard "The 'Tempest of Emblems': Intertextuality in some of Samuel Beckett's Early Poems and Prose"
2011 Kennedy, Danny "Anarratology: The Writings of New Narrative"
2011 Whittredge, Julia "Irish Modernist Poetry"
2010 Rooney, Peter "Primitivism in the Short Fiction of Ernest Hemmingway"
2010 Smith, Catherine "Historical Fiction by Irish Women since 1800"
2010  Mellamphy, Deborah "Hollyweird: Gender Transgression in the Collaborations of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp"
2010  Melnyck, Sarah "The Arthurian Tradition in Medieval Scotland"
2010  Fogarty, Sorcha "The Affirmative Nature of Impossibility in Jacques Derrida's Work on Mourning"
2010  Kennefick, Victoria "Lonely Voices of the South: Exploring the Transnational Dialogue of Flannery O'Connor and Frank O'Connor"
2009  O'Connell, Mary "A Poet, his Publisher and Posterity: Byron and John Murray"
2008  Nijhuis, Letty "Deor and Nytena mid Us: Animals in the Work of Aelfric"
2008  Nix, Kathleen "Una Troy's Fiction: The Figure of the Irish Woman Writer"
2008  Denmead, Louise "Representations of Femininity and Blackness in Three Early Modern Texts"
2007  Neff, Eleanor "Beowulf and the Ulster Cycle: A Comparative Study of Narrative Parallels in BeowulfFled Bricrend and Táin Bó Cúailgne"
2007  Bidwell, Emma "Members of Masculinity? Masculine Females in the Work of Carson McCullers"
2007  Walsh, Ann "Revising the Evidence: A Reappraisal of Robert Lowell's Poetry"
2007  Collins, Siobhan "John Donne's 'Russet Pawe': Body and Word in Metempsychosis"
2007  Mannion, Una "'Within Private Armes': Enclosure in the Work of Thomas Carew"
2007  Murphy, Orla "Handheld Laser Profilometry of Certain Medieveal Inscribed Stones"
2006  Carney, James "Narrative Space, Narrative Time: A Spatiotemporal Model of Narrative Semantics"
2006  Forristal, Eileen M. "Schopenhauer's Sublime in a Range of Virginia Woolf's Later Novels"
2006  Griffin, Carrie 'A Good Reder': The Middle English Wise Book of Philosophy and Astronomy, Instruction, Publics and Manuscripts"
2005  Connolly, Ruth "All our Endeavours Terminate but in This’”: Self-Government in the Writings of Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick and Katherine Jones, Viscountess Ranelagh”
2004 Rooney, Kenneth “Mortality and Imagination:Aspects of the Macabre in Middle English Narrative”
2004 O'Sullivan Michael “Deterring Deconstruction:I ncarnation, Ethical Criticism and the Joycean Epiphany”
2004 MacHale, Catherine "Cantor’s Lovely Game: The Mathematics of the Infinite in the Writings of Jorge Luis Borges and Julia Kristeva”
2003 Gaynor, Fergal "To touch the world of substance’: D.H. Lawrence’s Critical Intervention in the Modern Movement”
2003 Pierse, Mary “Towards a Novel Freedom: George Moore’s Sophisticated Literary Shapings in Esther Watersand Celibates.”
2003 Kavanagh, Brendan “W.B. Yeats and Eastern mysticism”
2002 Byrne, James P. “Inalienable citizenship:assimilation and the crisis of self-representation in Irish-American and Jewish-American literature”
2001 Sweeny,  Fionnghuaile “Frederick Douglas: Mask or Maroonage? Atlantic sites and the Politics of Representative Identity”
2001 Howard, Anita “The Reconstruction of Kinship in the drama of William Shakespeare and Pedro Calderon de la Barca”
2001 O'Toole, Martina M. "Narrating the New Woman: The Feminist Fictions of Sarah Grand and George Egerton” 
2000 O’Donnell, Katherine “Edmund Burke and the heritage of oral culture”

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