Art History & Cultural Policy - Research

The postgraduate programme at UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy incorporates both full and part-time research degrees at MLitt and PhD level in Art History, and in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. An Mlitt is usually completed within 2 years, while PhD research is normally undertaken over a 3-4 year period (longer if part-time).

The School is the largest of its kind in Ireland, and prides itself on the diversity and excellence of its research output and supervision. Potential students are warmly encouraged to approach individual lecturers with ideas and topics that may foster successful research projects.


Art History & Cultural Policy (Z108) MLitt Research 2 Years FT / 4 years PT
Art History & Cultural Policy (Z119) PhD Research 3 Years / 6 Years FT / PT

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Start Date: To be agreed with School.


Dr Annette Clancy, MSc, PhD (Bath) Research Interests: organisational behaviour, emotion in organisations, management within the arts and cultural sector.

Pat Cooke, BA, MA (NUI) Research Interests: Cultural policy and management within the cultural sector, arts and heritage policies.

Dr Philip Cottrell, MA, PhD (St Andrew's) Research Interests: primarily 16th-century Venetian painting, but with wider interests in the theme of art and death in Europe 1400-1700, 17th-century English tomb sculpture, and 19th-century old master collecting in Britain.

Assoc. Prof. Nicola Figgis, MA, PhD (NUI) Research Interests: 17th-19th century Irish painting and patronage; Irish artists and patrons on the Grand Tour; the influence of foreign artists in Dublin 1720-1820; 18th-19th century Decorative Arts and collectors in Ireland and abroad.

Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty, MA, PhD (UPenn) Research Interests: architectural history around the world since 1600.

Dr Róisín Kennedy, MLitt (Edin), PhD (NUI) Research Interests: Modern and contemporary art; Irish art and art institutions 1880 to present; modernism and nationalism, and the public and critical reception of art post 1800.

Assoc. Prof. John Loughman, MA, PhD (Lond) Research Interests: History & Visual Culture of the Low Countries in the 17th and 18th centuries; printmaking.

Dr Conor Lucey, MA, PhD (NUI) Research Interests: Domestic architecture in eighteenth-century Ireland, Britain and North America; architectural ornament and decoration; design and the decorative interior in Europe 1600-1840.

Assoc. Prof. Emily Mark-FitzGerald, MA (Indiana University), PhD (NUI) Research Interests: Irish art history, visual culture, museum/heritage studies and cultural policy from the 19th century to the present.

Assoc. Prof. Lynda Mulvin, MArchSc (Cons) (KU Louvain), PhD (Dub) Research Interests: Greek and Roman art and architecture; Medieval Art and Architecture; 19th-century art and architecture; conservation of archaeological sites and historic buildings.

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    MLitt PhD

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    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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