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Graduate study opportunities in Irish Studies

Are you interested in pursuing graduate research in Irish Studies? There are both interdisciplinary and discipline-specific options for Masters- or Ph.D.-level work in Irish Studies at Concordia. 

Interdisciplinary study

For interdisciplinary projects (i.e. unique research projects that require a multi-disciplinary approach and are advised by supervisory committees composed of faculty members from different departments/disciplines) your options include:

Single-discipline graduate study

For single-discipline graduate study, students can study Irish topics within a number of individual department graduate programs, including History, English, Music, Political Science, Geography, Anthropology, Theatre, etc.

Whether in an interdisciplinary or a discipline-specific graduate program at Concordia, an Irish Studies graduate student is defined as a student in one of the above programs who is either: 

  • directly supervised by a faculty member or faculty fellow in Irish Studies
  • whose thesis committee includes one or more Irish Studies faculty members. (Note: since Irish Studies faculty members represent a variety of disciplines, it is possible in both the Humanities and INDI programs to have a graduate project committee entirely drawn from the Irish Studies).

INDI - The Individualized Program - MA / PhD

The Individualized Program (INDI) is designed to provide space within the university for a limited number of exceptionally capable and focused students with specific research goals. INDI offers graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels, in areas not covered by existing graduate programs. INDI allows you to combine two or more disciplines within or across three of the four faculties of the university: the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, and the John Molson School of Business.

In most cases, students applying to INDI must propose a program involving multi- or interdisciplinary scholarship in research areas that are not normally the province of mainstream disciplines at Concordia.

Creating new syntheses of knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries is the hallmark of the INDI program. There are many researchers at Concordia and, especially, within the School of Irish Studies, who are prepared to help you navigate the interdisciplinary requirements for an INDI MA or PhD For futher information.


HUMA - Ph.D. in the Humanities

The Humanities Ph.D. program (HUMA) offers students innovative opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary research projects in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts. In 2007, HUMA became part of the newly created Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. Students entering the program with an MFA degree can include studio work as a component of their program of study and thesis.

Applicants to HUMA are required to submit research proposals indicating the multi- or interdisciplinary scope of their projects, and declare one Major field, normally within the discipline of the student's Master's degree, and two Minor fields/disciplines. The Major field must be from a Humanities, Social Science, or Fine Arts discipline. Minor fields are normally from the Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Arts. For further information, visit:


Discipline-Specific Graduate Work on Irish Topics

Students interested in Irish Studies topics can also develop a graduate research project within a single discipline by applying to the Masters or Ph.D. program of a given department, such as History, English, Theatre, Film, Music, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, etc. [Note: not all departments necessarily offer both a Masters and a Doctoral degree option. Consult the graduate studies webpage of the department you are interested in to determine the specific degree programs offered.] The single department/discipline graduate degree is a good option for applicants with a strong academic background in one discipline (for example, a potential Irish History doctoral student who has earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in History) and whose research interests are essentially confined to a single discipline’s methods and concerns. To pursue this option, you apply directly to a given department’s graduate program, while specifying your Irish research interests and the appropriate Irish Studies faculty member you’d like to supervise your project or join your thesis committee. Students who pursue this option primarily undertake coursework within their particular department, but can generally also take an independent reading course with their Irish Studies advisor.


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