Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have an excellent primary degree, and / or professional qualification, in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution. In addition, PhD applicants should have an excellent Masters degree from a reputable institution. All applicants must have a fluent command of the English language. Since the demand for places is extremely high, these minimum requirements do not guarantee admission. Preference is given to the strongest academic applicants.

Further enquiries

School of Religion

•Head of School: Prof. David Shepherd (acting)

•Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Prof. Gillian Wylie

•Telephone: +353-1- 8964771

•Fax: +353-1-6725024



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

Application date

Before You Apply

You are encouraged to read carefully the wide range of information about pursuing a higher degree by research at Trinity College Dublin provided by the Graduate Studies Office. We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the specific regulations relating to higher degrees by research set out in the Trinity College Calendar Part III.

It is important to be aware that preference is generally given to students who want to work in areas of research in which a potential supervisor has an existing research interest. Please review the information on finding a supervisor and the research interests of our supervising faculty members.

When to Apply

You may apply at any point between the application being opened in the autumn and the closing deadline of 30th June. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as supervisor capacity may be limited.

If you intend to study full-time and also intend applying for either Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships or Postgraduate Studentships you are required to submit your formal application for the Doctoral Programme no later than 30th April. These awards are highly competitive and you are advised to start preparing a high-quality application well in advance of this deadline.

If you envisage that your research will involve the collection and analysis of larger amounts of quantitative data you may wish to enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics. The closing date to apply for this course is 30th June.

How to Apply

Applications should be made via our online application system. Go the the 'Application Weblink' below to choose the relevant degree and submit an application:

Please ensure that you provide all the documents required when making your online application. This must include:

•Two academic references;

•Academic transcripts which must be certified by the issuing body;

•A certified copy of degree certificate(s);

•A certified certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS);

•Your research proposal

Applicants who have already been successful during a research grant interview or screening process (e.g. IRCSET, IRCHSS, Funded Research Positions, etc.) should provide relevant details as part of the application process. The online application process is mandatory even if your funding has been secured.

There is an online application fee of €55.

If you encounter difficulties in filing the relevant documentation you should direct your query to the Research Admissions Office . Please note that applications that are deemed incomplete due to the absence of key supporting documents will not proceed to the Doctoral Programme Committee for review.

Once you have submitted an online application you will be sent an acknowledgement email to the email address you provided when setting up your user account on the application system. The applicant portal will allow you to send and receive communications in respect of your application to Trinity College Dublin. You will be able to track the progress of your application at every stage of the admissions process, update your personal information, view decisions made on your application(s) and accept any offers you receive. For further information see:

Research areas

School Description:

The School of Religion tackles the questions facing humanity by seeking to understand the roles of religion, peace-making and theology in both their historical settings and contemporary life. Committed to interdisciplinarity, academic rigour, dialogue and civic engagement, the School pursues its goals through teaching, collaborations with the public and academic research. The School consists of two disciplines: (1) Peace Studies and (2) Religious Studies, the latter of which includes: Biblical Studies, the Cultural Study of Religions, Ethics, and Christian Theology – including Theology in the Catholic Tradition and Ecumenics; the School also has a growing reputation in Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist Studies. Postgraduate research students can specialise in Peace Studies or in one of the above fields of study within Religious Studies or they can work on the synergies and inter-connections between them.

Longstanding research synergies in the School and across its two disciplines are furthered by two special academic entities plus two Centres hosted in the School or associated with the School.

Irish School of Ecumenics (

The Irish School of Ecumenics is committed to applied and theoretical research relating to dialogue, peace and reconciliation in Ireland and other contexts worldwide.

Loyola Institute (

The Loyola Institute is dedicated to education and research in theology in the broad Catholic tradition and in the creative intersection of theology, Church and contemporary society.

Trinity Centre for Biblical Studies (

The Centre for Biblical Studies provides a focus for research in a variety of areas, including the study of the Bible in its ancient contexts, its interpretation in Late Antiquity and the Medieval period, and its reception in the visual and performing arts.

Trinity Centre for Post-Conflict Justice (

The Centre for Post-Conflict Justice fosters interdisciplinary research exploring how societies come to terms with episodes of extreme violence in war, civil war, and periods of prolonged civil and political unrest.

The School and its associated research bodies maintain an active programme of research seminars and public lectures and regularly welcome research fellows from Europe and around the world. With more than 100 postgraduate students and more than 20 research-active staff across its various disciplines, the School is a leading centre for research in religious studies (in its many forms) and peace studies and warmly welcomes enquires from those interested in studying with us.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Peace Studies (Full-Time)

Doctor in Philosophy, Peace Studies (Part-Time)

Doctor in Philosophy, Religious Studies (Full-Time)

Doctor in Philosophy, Religious Studies (Part-Time)

Master in Letters, Peace Studies (Full-Time)

Master in Letters, Peace Studies (Part-Time)

Master in Letters, Religious Studies (Full-Time)

Master in Letters, Religious Studies (Part-Time)

September 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Peace Studies (Full-Time)

Doctor in Philosophy, Peace Studies (Part-Time)

Doctor in Philosophy, Religious Studies (Full-Time)

Doctor in Philosophy, Religious Studies (Part-Time)

Master in Letters, Peace Studies (Full-Time)

Master in Letters, Peace Studies (Part-Time)

Master in Letters, Religious Studies (Full-Time)

Master in Letters, Religious Studies (Part-Time)

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