UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies

Introduction

In May 2001, the Government of Ireland recommended that an Institute for American Studies should be established in Ireland. It also decided that it should be names for the 42nd President of the United State, President William Jefferson Clinton, in recognition of his role both personally, as well as those of the United States Government, Congress and people, in the Irish Peace Process.

University College Dublin successfully tendered for the project and the Clinton Institute for American Studies was formally established at UCD. The success of the tender owed much to the enthusiastic support and imagination of Professor Maurice Brich of the School of History and Archivese and Dr. Ron Callan of the School of English, Drama and Film Studies. Professor Bric was the first acting Director of the Institute and played a key role in laying foundations, such as the introduction of the Institute’s Masters programme in American Studies.

In 2004, Professor Liam Kennedy was appointed Director, responsible for the Institute’s teaching, research and outreach programmes. He was overseen the expansion and diversification of core programmes and the internationalisation of our teaching and research. This has included the establishment of an international Summer School, of MA programmes – in Media and International Conflict and in American Politics and Foreign Policy – and of a PhD programme in American Studies.

President Clinton has warmly supported the establishment of the Institute, paying several visits and addressing students in memorable lectures.

Mission

Through research, teaching and public engagement the UCD Clinton Institute promotes advanced study of the United States and its global relations.

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  • English

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PhD in American Studies

Campus Full time Part time 4 - 6 years January 2018 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

The UCD structured PhD programmes allows students achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. Making a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, normally leading to peer-reviewed publications remains the core objective of doctoral studies. [+]

The UCD structured PhD programmes allows students achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. Making a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, normally leading to peer-reviewed publications remains the core objective of doctoral studies. A research degree is based primarily on a research project, usually proposed and developed by the student, who undertakes their research under the supervision of a supervisor and a Doctoral Panel. A PhD typically takes 4 years full-time and 6 years part time to complete. The examination for the degree is based on a description of the candidates research written up as a dissertation and defended in a viva voce (orla examination). The Institute offers expert supervision in all major areas of American Studies (do we add particular topics eg American Politics and Foreign Policy, American Literature and Culture, Media and Conflict, Irish and US Relations) As part of the structured PhD programme the College of Arts and Humanities require all incoming PhD students to obtain at least 30 credits in addition to the dissertation before a PhD will be awarded. Twenty credits may generally be awarded for prior learning (taught MA or equivalent), subject to the approval of the Graduate School Board of the College of Arts and Humanities. The selection of the remaining 10 credits should be discussed with your supervisor. Students are also required to undergo assessment of the progress in the dissertation (a Transfer Panel) 12-18 months after beginning their studies. The Transfer Panel will decide whether the student... [-]

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Location address
Belfield House
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4,

Dublin, IE