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Digital Arts & Humanities - DAH - Structured

Course overview

Digital Humanities proposals should include a strong digital component, either as a core method of research and dissemination, or as a subject of research in itself. Proposals may address any topic within Digital Humanities, including (but not limited to): archives & preservation; authorship attribution; classical studies; corpus analysis; crowdsourcing; historical studies; interdisciplinary collaboration; internet history; literary studies; natural language processing; ontologies; scholarly editing; stylistics and stylometry; text-mining; textual studies; visualisation. Previous DAH students have also worked closely with researchers at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in Galway (

Digital Arts proposals may examine questions such as artistic practice informed by digital media; the intersection between artistic creativity and technological innovation; the impact of the digital on the form, structure and function of narrative. Proposals for practice-based doctorates are welcome as well as traditional academic formats.

Prospective applicants should identify and indicate potential supervisors for their research proposal:

Entry requirements

Entrants will be expected to have a first-class or upper second-class honours degree within a relevant discipline. Applicants proposing practice-based research should provide evidence of their work in the relevant area of practice.

Further enquiries

Find out more:
Prof. Daniel Carey
T +353 91 493904

Dr. Justin Tonra
T +353 91 492566

Martha Shaughnessy
Development Manager
Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities & Social Studies
Room 2002, Floor 2
Hardiman Research Building
NUI Galway
T: 353 (0)91 493902


Additional Information for Application

Structured PhD (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) (Digital Arts & Humanities [DAH])

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Please also upload (via your PAC account), in PDF format, a sample of academic writing (e.g. a recent BA or MA course essay) and a 1500-word research proposal. This proposal must be structured under the following headings:

1. Description of proposed research (800 words) This section should describe clearly the subject and scope of your research. You should indicate the critical problems or questions you propose to investigate.

2. Critical context (350 words)
This section should describe, as far as you can tell, the extent of the scholarly work already done on your topic. You should be able to explain how your research will challenge or extend this existing knowledge.

3. Methodology (250 words)
Here you should describe the research methodologies you will employ, and explain why you have chosen them (e.g. semiotic analysis, feminist analysis, genre study, practice-based, etc.)

4. Sources and archives (100 words)
Give a preliminary indication of the primary and secondary material you expect to examine, and how much of the material may be found at NUI Galway. You will be able to avail of inter-library loans and will be eligible to apply for some travel funding during the course of your research.

Research areas

Areas of interest
Areas of interest include all disciplines within the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies

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