Theology & Philosophy - Research

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

Entry requirements

To register for a Postgraduate Research programme, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to Lower Second Class Honours or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic. See

•PhD: Candidates holding an appropriate Master's degree obtained by research may apply for direct entry to the PhD register to conduct research in a cognate area.

•PhD-track: Candidates with a taught Master's degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, and candidates with a primary degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, grade one, may apply and be considered for entry to the PhD-track register with a view to proceeding towards a PhD. Such candidates will undergo a confirmation procedure, as outlined in the Academic Regulations, before being admitted to the PhD register.

•Master's by Research: Candidates holding a primary degree equivalent to a second-class honours, grade two, may apply for entry on the research Master's register. Students on the Master's register may apply for transfer to the PhD Register under the same conditions, and using the same procedure, as PhD-track candidates requesting confirmation on the PhD register.

English Language Requirements


DCA68 PhD Theology and Philosophy (Full-Time)
DCA69 PhD Theology and Philosophy (Part-Time)
DCA70 MA Theology and Philosophy (Full-Time)
DCA71 MA Theology and Philosophy (Part-Time)
DCA72 PhD-track Theology and Philosophy (Full-Time)
DCA73 PhD-track Theology and Philosophy (Part-Time)

Research areas

Areas of Research Expertise

Biblical Studies and Sacred Texts: Hebrew Bible; Pentateuch/Torah; Prophetic literature; Mediaeval Jewish Biblical Exegesis; Gospels and Pauline literature; Qur'an and hadith; Reception history; The use of the Bible in and across religious traditions.

Ethics: Bioethics; Business Ethics; Conflict Studies; Digital Content Platform Research; Ethics of Assistive Technologies; Ethics of Nanotechnology; Healthcare Ethics; Human Rights; Memory and Ethics; Philosophical Ethics; Research Ethics; Virtue Ethics.

Historical and Systematic Theology: Augustine; Christology; Ecumenism; Feminist Theology; French twentieth-century Catholic Theology; Interreligious Dialogue; Karl Barth; Karl Rahner; Liberation Theologies; Patristics; Pneumatology; Political Theology; Ressourcement Theology; Holocaust Theology; Phenomenological Theology.

Philosophy: History of Philosophy; Continental Philosophy of Religion; German Idealism; Plato and Plato Reception; Contemporary European Theories of Power and Resistance; the Radical Enlightenment; Irish Philosophy; Visual Theory.

Theological Ethics: Catholic Social Thought; Christian Bioethics; Christian Social Ethics; Comparative Religious Ethics; Feminist Ethics; Forgiveness; Justice; Fundamental Moral Theology; Human Rights; Natural Law; Theological Anthropology.

Religious Studies: Inter-Religious and Intra-Religious Engagement; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Religion and Identity; Religion and Languages; Religion and Literature; Religions and Religious Minorities in the Middle East; Religions in Ireland; Semitic Languages (Biblical, Rabbinic and Mediaeval Hebrew; Classical Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic); 'World Religions'.

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