Research and advancing personal knowledge in a variety of disciplines informs and animates the educational mission of Mary Immaculate College and our vibrant postgraduate community has close to 800 people pursuing further study. With a large variety of postgraduate programmes in Education and the Liberal Arts from graduate diploma to doctoral level, MIC can help you build on your existing degree, retrain in fields like teaching or simply gain a professional edge in your chosen career.
Programme Applications Now Open
Applications for the majority of MIC’s Postgraduate Programmes are now open. Please see individual programmes below for details on how to apply.
Why Study at MIC?
Postgraduate students can engage in both taught and research-based programmes using numerous entry and inclusion pathways. There are over 30 different programmes to choose from, offering diversity not just in subject matter but in learning methods. The MIC staff strives for excellence in the quality of modules delivered and supervision offered. A positive and productive student experience is central to our goals.
The MIC Research & Graduate School, based on the John Henry Newman campus in Limerick, is a hub of innovation with dedicated facilities, specialised services and ample training opportunities designed to produce world class researchers and research outcomes. The RGS is committed to best international practice and aims to foster creative teaching and learning; original and unique research, and the flourishing of the human spirit.
MIC realises that financial supports for students undertaking research at our college are critical. To this end, MIC offers numerous forms of support including a Doctoral Award (PhD in Arts or Education), an MIC Doctoral Studentship, an MIC Postgraduate Studentship, numerous Departmental Assistantships, Presidents Scholarships and Special Awards. This is in addition to external funding prospects.
Meet the Experts - Postgraduate Live Online Q&A
Want to get your questions answered on all things related to postgraduate study at MIC? Want to hear directly from our postgraduate team of experts? Then register now for our Meet the Experts - Postgraduate Live Online Q&A Information Sessions, where our postgraduate team will be on hand to give you more information on our programmes and answer all your questions. We have two live online sessions, covering MIC’s Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) and our postgraduate programmes in Arts, Education, and fees, funding and scholarship options.
Tuesday 26 March - Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)
Time: 6pm - 6.45pm
Wednesday 10 April - Arts & Education Postgraduate Programmes, Fees & Funding
Time: 6pm - 6.45pm
Registration will open soon.
Postgraduate Information Explainer Videos
Our information explainer videos will help you find the right postgraduate degree for you. So, whether you are looking to undertake a diploma, master's or doctorate, take a look today to find out all about MIC’s postgraduate programmes in Education and Liberal Arts.
You will also learn about the benefits of pursuing postgraduate study, the costs, and the financial supports on offer at MIC to help you during your postgraduate studies.
Find your Postgraduate Programme
Financial support structures for students undertaking postgraduate research are critical in attracting world-class students to our campus, and students pursuing or intending to pursue research postgraduate degrees at MIC are eligible to apply for a suite of funding supports.
Recognising the need to help meet the real world needs and costs of postgraduate research, we offer funding supports of €800,000 per annum through the merit-based Research Master's and Doctoral Awards Scheme, and our Departmental Assistantship Scheme. These financial support schemes are managed by MIC’s Research & Graduate School (RGS) and are hugely important to research candidates as they engage and progress in their research journeys at master's and doctoral levels.
What skills will you develop?
MIC systematically builds for student success and well-being, while also adding a wide range of transferrable skills training in areas such as academic writing, project management, research integrity and ethical conduct, distributed leadership, and presentation and conference skills. Student progress is supported through routine panel-based periodic review and progression markers.
The following are just some of the skills that you will develop:
- Self-awareness and the ability to identify your own training needs
- Research skills and techniques
- Research management (organisational skills, time and project management)
- Personal effectiveness (flexibility, open-mindedness, self-discipline)
- Communication skills (verbal and written)
- Networking and team working skills
- Career management
"The best feature of postgraduate study here at Mary Immaculate College is the support we get from the Research & Graduate School"
There is a vibrant community of full-time and part-time postgraduate students based at MIC Limerick, many of whom are actively tutoring and lecturing as well as studying and conducting research.
Programmes cover a diverse range of topics across the disciplines of Education and the Liberal Arts, and categories include taught, research-based or a combination of the two i.e. structured PhDs.
Forms of financial support available include Doctoral Awards, an MIC Doctoral Studentship, an MIC Postgraduate Award, numerous departmental assistantships, Presidents Scholarships and Special Awards.