PhD in History

The School of History at UCC is a leading international centre for Postgraduate research in History, International Relations and European Studies.  Our PhD graduates have published work of international quality and have an excellent employment track record.  For details on areas of potential PhD supervision please see individual staff profiles.

Further information on the PhD in UCC is available at the following links:


How to apply

To be eligible for entry to a course of study and research for the PhD, a candidate must have reached a standard of at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I, at the Examination for the Primary Degree, or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the Faculty of his/her fitness. Appropriate Masters’ graduates with at least Second Class Honours can also apply for direct entry to a PhD.

Guidelines regarding the PhD are also available in more detail at this link.

The candidate shall pursue research for a period of three years full-time (six years part-time) from the date of first registration for the programme. The length of PhD theses should not exceed 80,000 words. The candidate’s research must be carried out, and the Thesis for the Degree must be prepared, under the direction of a Supervisor. Permission to submit a theses must be approved by the Supervisor and Head of School. A leaflet giving full information on the format, layout and presentation of PhD Theses is available from the student Records and Examinations Office.

It is the responsibility of the PhD student to notify the Exams Office of his/her intention to submit at least three months prior to the proposed date of thesis submission. Rules governing submission are available from the Examinations Office together with the necessary forms. The supervisor will arrange a Viva for the PhD Student following submission and informs Extern and Student of dates, times etc.

Link to application procedures



Recent publications by History graduates

The School of History at UCC is a leading international centre for Postgraduate study in History, International Relations and European Studies.  Our PhD graduates have published work of international quality.  Recent books based on graduate research in the School include:

  • John Borgonovo, The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918. Cork: Cork University Press, 2013.
  • Sarah-Anne Buckley, The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1889-1956. London: Manchester University Press, 2013.
  • Michael Patrick Cullinane, Liberty and American Anti-Imperialism.  New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • Laurence Fenton, Palmerston and the Times: Foreign Policy, the Press and Public Opinion in Mid-Victorian Britain.  London: I.B. Taurus, 2013.
  • David Fitzgerald, Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013.
  • Michelle O’Mahony, Famine in Cork City, Mercier Press, Cork 2005.
  • James Ryan, Lenin's Terror and the Ideological Origins of Early Soviet State Violence. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • Sally-Ann Treharne, Reagan and Thatcher's Special Relationship: Latin America and Anglo-American Relations.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014. 
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Recent academic appointments in History

History graduates have an excellent track record in terms of employability, both inside and outside academia.  Recent academic appointments include:

  • Dr. Ruth Canning, Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
  • Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley, Lecturer, Department of History, NUI Galway.
  • Dr. Michael Patrick Cullinane, Senior Lecturer in History and Director of Online Learning, Northumbria University, Newcastle, England.
  • Dr Julianne Nyhan, Lecturer in Digital Humanities, Department of Information Studies, University College London, UK. 
  • Dr. James Ryan, Lecturer in Modern European History at Cardiff University, Wales, UK. 
  • Dr. William Steding, Fellow, Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

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