A research degree involves an in-depth study of a specific topic which is then written up as a thesis. You can apply for a Masters by research (MA), Research Doctoral (PhD) or Structured PhD (SPhD).
On average a research degree takes between two to four years to complete. You can apply anytime during the year.
You can undertake a PhD straight after your undergraduate degree.
- Do you enjoy working independently?
- Did you enjoy the research project your carried out in your degree (eg. Final Year Project)?
- Do you have a subject area you wish to explore further?
- Do you have good oral and written communication skills?
- Do you expect to graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher?
Faculty are involved in research across a range of disciplines including:
|Cultural Studies||Gaeilge||Linguistics||Public Administration|
|Creative Writing||History||Modern Languages||Sociology|
|English||Journalism||New Media||Teaching English as a Second Language|
Possible careers after a research degree include: education, consultancy, public service, publishing, business, politics, creative arts, media.
Examples of some of the destinations of our graduated AHSS PhD students include:
- PhD in Sociology – Research Officer, Irish Research Council
- PhD in History – Director of Government Affairs, Insurance Ireland
- PhD in MLAL – Language Teacher and Translator, Portugal
- PhD in Law – Legislation Manager at Law Reform Commission
- PhD in PPA- Research Fellow – Corruption in Development Aid
- PhD in CC – Assistant Prof. of Language Education, Trinity College