Irish & Celtic Studies

At the forefront of Celtic Studies research internationally and at the heart of the University’s mission since its foundation.


Irish & Celtic Studies research at Ulster is regarded as being at the forefront of Celtic Studies internationally, and the discipline has been at the heart of the University’s mission since its foundation.

In REF 2014 100% of our research impact was assessed as internationally excellent or world-leading with 66% of our overall research profile judged to be in these highest categories.

Our researchers carry out individual research across the breadth of the discipline, in particular Early and Modern Irish Literature, Celtic Philology and Linguistics, Irish and European Ethnology and Folklore, Manuscript and Textual Studies and Revivalism.

They also sit on a wide range of national and international bodies, edit a variety of scholarly journals and direct a number of international research networks including Societas Celtologica Nordica, Societas Celto-Slavica and the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore.

In addition to hosting a range of international conferences in Irish and Celtic Studies, we also host two annual conferences in Irish language and literature:

We are also a member of the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Celtic Languages.

View profiles of our current research students, including AHRC studentship holders.