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Histories & Humanities - Research

School Description:

The School of Histories and Humanities comprises the Departments of Classics, History, History of Art and Architecture and the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies. With 36 full-time academic members of staff the School enjoys an international research profile in a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, including archaeology, philosophy, Latin and Greek language and literature, Classical, Medieval and Modern History, History of Art and Architecture and Gender and Women’s Studies. We currently have 120 research students and 80 taught students registered on our postgraduate courses. Staff are dedicated to research-led teaching, ready to listen to students’ ideas and open to interdisciplinary approaches.

The School regularly hosts international conferences and runs six major research seminars. These provide a forum for scholars and postgraduates from all over the world to present their research and exchange ideas. The School also plays an active role in many of Ireland’s leading research centres . Eight of these are located within the School: the Trinity Irish Art Research Centre; the Trinity Medieval History Research Centre; the Trinity Centre for Early Modern History; the Trinity Centre for Contemporary Irish History; the Trinity Centre for Irish, Scottish and Comparative Studies; the Trinity Centre for War Studies; the Trinity Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies; and the Trinity Centre for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:

•at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country

•a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees

All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor’s role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.

Further enquiries

Head of School: Dr David Ditchburn
Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate):
Dr Christine Morris

Telephone:+353-1-896 3476/1208
Fax:+353-1-671 0862

Application date

Research Applications

No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions@tcd.ie

Research areas

Taught Masters Degrees (M.Phil.)

The School offers seven taught M.Phil. courses of 1 year’s duration (2 years part-time). The courses are an opportunity to explore a special interest area in greater depth. They also offer a recognised pathway to doctoral studies as they provide generic research skills training in addition to specialist knowledge and practice in writing a research thesis. For information on individual courses please see the Taught Course section of the website and our Course Directors will be happy to answer your questions. In some circumstances applications may be considered after the advertised closing date (the responsible Course Director can advise).

Research Degrees (Ph.D. and M.Litt.)

The School offers research supervision across all of its disciplines within the context of its structured Doctoral (Ph.D., 3-4 years) and Research Master’s courses (M.Litt., 2 years), including a wide variety of postgraduate training modules, career development options and teaching opportunities for senior postgraduates. Many of our students are successful in securing grants for their studies from College sources or external funders such as the Irish Research Council. Further information on postgraduate research opportunities in the School is available at www.histories-humanities.tcd.ie and from the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate), Dr Anne Dolan, at adolan@tcd.ie

Enrolment and start dates

March 2017 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Classics (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Classics (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, History of Art (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, History of Art (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, History (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, History (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Classics (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Classics (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, History of Art (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, History of Art (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, History (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, History (Full-Time)

September 2017 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Classics (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Classics (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, History of Art (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, History of Art (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, History (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, History (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Classics (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Classics (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, History of Art (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, History of Art (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, History (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, History (Full-Time)

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