Postgraduate Studies in Education by Research and Thesis

In keeping with the mission of the College and its core area of expertise in teaching and research, postgraduate studies are a central priority in the Education Department. Prospective postgraduates are encouraged to explore the research interests of the relevant department and to discuss their own ideas for research proposals with the respective heads of department or other faculty members.

Staff & Contact Personnel

Indicative specialist areas for postgraduate students by research and thesis in the field of Education include:

  • Learning, Society & Religious Education
    • Dr. Carol O'Sullivan, Acting Head of Department
  • Language, Literacy & Mathematics Education
    • Uas. Seán de Brún, Head
  • Arts Education & Physical Education
    • Dr. Déirdre Ní Chróinín, Acting Head of Department
  • Reflective Pedagogy & Early Childhood Studies
    • Dr. Emer Ring, Head
  • Department Special Education
    • Dr. Patricia Daly, Head

Research Fields - Indicative Specialist Areas

Mary Immaculate College faculty offer academic leadership and postgraduate supervision within the traditional range of Arts research fields. While indicative specialist areas are set out below, prospective students are encouraged to discuss their own ideas for research proposals with respective Department Heads or another faculty as appropriate.

  • Applied Linguistics
  • English Language & Literature
  • French Studies
  • Gaeilge
  • Geography
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Maths
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Theology

Applied Linguistics

Research areas for postgraduate students include: Corpus-Based Spoken Language Analysis; Irish English; Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Pedagogical Application of Corpora

Department of English Language and Literature

Beckett & Joyce studies; Renaissance/Shakespeare; Postcolonial literature and theory; Contemporary Poetry; Literary and Cultural Theory; Contemporary Irish Poetry; Seamus Heaney; Contemporary American Novel; Crime Fiction.

The Department also offers a taught MA in Modern English Literature (One Year, Full Time).

French Department

Eighteenth-century literature, particularly Montesquieu and Rousseau; Histoire des ideés; epistolary writing; development of the French novel (18th -20th centuries), contemporary literary theory, narrative studies.

Roinn na Gaeilge

Gnéithe de theanga agus de litríocht na Nua-Ghaeilge ( réimsí na drámaíochta, na filíochta, na sochtheangeolaíochta). Drámaíocht, filíocht agus prós na Gaeilge san ochtú agus san naoú haois déag. Teanga agus pobal.

Department of Geography

  • Economic Geography: location of manufacturing and service activities; local and regional development in Ireland.
  • Urban Geography: the Irish urban system; the socio-spatial structure of Irish cities.
  • Physical Geography: geomorphology; Holocene relative sea-level movements; coastal management; landscape process/materials analysis.
  • Environmental Studies: late Quaternary environmental change; de-glacial environments; environmental reconstruction.

Department of German Studies

Research options for postgraduate students include:

  • Contemporary German/Swiss literature and culture
  • East German literature/culture and German/Eastern Europe relations
  • Women's literature, autobiography and poetry
  • Writing about or after the Shoah/the genocide of the Romanies
  • Gypsies/Romanies in European literature and culture
  • German-language Jugendliteratur

Department of History

Irish History

Politics, Religion and Society - Eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth Centuries; Popular protest in the pre-famine period; Politicisation, Local Government and Administration - nineteenth century; Urban growth and housing policy, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; Social and Economic policy in post 1922 period; Cultural Nationalism; Labour History; Oral, Local and Regional Studies.

European History

Franco-Irish relations, eighteenth century.

North American History

USA history, nineteenth and twentieth centuries; Irish-American issues/studies.

The Department also offers a taught MA in Local History, in conjunction with the Department of History, University of Limerick

Department of Mathematics and Computer Studies

Supervision for postgraduate students is available in specialist areas which are related to Algebraic Geometry including applications of Computer Algebra.

Department of Media & Communication Studies

Television drama; Irish film industry; gender and popular culture; television and gendered audiences; media effects, analysis of media content; public opinion formation; forces shaping media content; media sociology; community media; television and radio production.

Department of Music

Music Analysis, the Second Viennese School, Contemporary Irish art-music, the North German Baroque, Keyboard Music of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Music Lexicography, Improvisation, Music Sociology, Musical Nationalism, Polish Music, Music Technology in Education, and the History of Music Education in Ireland.

Department of Philosophy

Analytic Philosophy; Classical Greek Philosophy; Epistemology; Jurisprudence; Justice & Human Rights Issues; Marxism; Origins of Postmodernism; Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Religion; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy & Christianity; the Philosophy of the Enlightenment; Philosophy & Literature; Professional Ethics (especially Medical Ethics); Phenomenology; Psychoanalysis & Philosophy; Thomism; Feminist Philosophy; Emotion Theory; Moral Psychology.

The Department also offers a taught MA in Philosophy and Literature, in conjunction with the Departments of English and Theology & Religious Studies.

Department of Psychology

Conceptual issues in behaviour analysis, in particular the concepts of stimulus equivalence and relational frame theory; applied behaviour analysis; spirituality; ageism in the caring professions; partner perceptions of chronic illness; counterfactual thinking; deductive reasoning; judgement and decision making; dynamic, embodied and enactive approaches to cognitive science; forensic psychology; criminology.

Department of Theology & Religious Studies

Systematics: especially Church, ministry, God, contemporary culture/faith issues; Newman studies; Process Theology; World Faiths and Inter-religious Dialogue.

  • The Bible: Relationships between the Testaments; Prophets; New Testament - particularly John.
  • Morality: Issues in morality and religion; Justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
  • Spirituality: Issues and developments.
  • Religious Education: Children's images of God; Story in religious education; Religious education in a multi-faith context; Information technology and religious education.

The Department also offers the following taught programmes: a Graduate Diploma / MA in Theology & Religious Studies, an MA in Theology, an MA in Biblical Studies, an MA in Liturgical Studies, an MA in Christian Spirituality, and an MA in Civil & Canon Law (with the University of Limerick Law School)

Program taught in:
  • English

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