The priority of the School is to prepare students for their future professional careers, in support of which academic staff engage in world-class research in their respective disciplines. The wide-ranging expertise of staff is most evident in the extensive range of our publications with leading publishing houses and in international peer-reviewed journals. The research activity of the School also includes original composition.
There are three Research Centres associated with the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music as follows:
The Institute of Ethics
The Institute aims to create ethical awareness in relation to all fields of the university's activities and to play a leading role in raising public awareness of, and stimulating debate about, ethical issues. The Institute promotes a systematic, interdisciplinary approach to applied ethics in various fields including business, technology, politics, media, healthcare, and the life sciences.
The Centre for Interreligious Dialogue
The Centre for Interreligious Dialogue (CIRD) is an academic centre committed to the study and practice of interreligious dialogue. The Centre seeks to promote research, teaching, and public engagement in the area of interreligious dialogue in Ireland and beyond, particularly in relation to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the religious-secular dialogue today.
The Centre for Music Research and Creative Practice
The Centre for Music Research and Creative Practice (MRCP) is a centre for knowledge exchange with public bodies and wider cultural organisations, in addition to engaging audiences and communities of practice across a variety of music genres. It engages with policy and practice on national infrastructure for the arts, music development within society, popular music experience and the processes and practice of composition and practice-based research