Doctoral Study

Every year NCAD recruits a small number of research students who, working closely with their supervisors, develop and then follow bespoke programmes of study. They join a community of c. 20 full time and part time doctoral (PhD) students exploring different aspects of the history, theory and practice of art and design, as well as studies into different faces of art and design education.

Students can apply directly to undertake Doctoral Study or they can register as an MRes (Masters of Research) student and then apply to transfer to the Doctoral programme (PhD). This allows for research skills to be developed and a strong proposal for PhD study to be formulated.

Application dates

Thinking about applying to NCAD for Postgraduate Research?

If you have a subject / approach that you wish to explore with the team at NCAD, please answer contact us by email answering the following questions (a page or two will be sufficient) and supply a CV.

What is my research field and/or questions? And why is NCAD a good place to pursue this topic?

What is the state of thinking and / or research in that field? In other words, what will make your research original?

What will my approach to research be?

What sources will be required? (either facilities at NCAD or elsewhere, such as archives, etc.)

This will allow us to establish whether your interests connect with those of the college and whether we have sufficient staff expertise to support your work.

Please note that NCAD has a limited number of scholarships to support doctoral studies. They cover the cost of fees and are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Maintenance funding (i.e. to meet the costs of living) is not available from the College.

Please send this material to this making sure to include a CV


Students can be registered full time or part time.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

  • Apply to

    Course provider