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Social Sciences & Philosophy - Research

School Description:
The School of Social Sciences and Philosophy consists of the Departments of Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy. With more than 50 full-time academic members of staff and postdoctoral fellows, the School enjoys an international research profile in its constituent departments. Its postgraduate programmes consist of a combination of taught Masters degrees and Ph.D. degrees. All four Departments offer Ph.D. students a rigorous training in their respective disciplines as well as the opportunity to write original and high-quality Ph.D. theses.

The Ph.D. in Economics is a competitive degree aiming to rank among the best flagship Economics programmes in Europe and produces the largest number of research degrees of any Economics department in Ireland. Importantly, it blends an innovative curricular part, which offers optional courses jointly with other departments in Ireland, with a unique research environment that promotes close interaction with the faculty. Currently, the department has 18 full-time academic staff and almost 30 research students.

The Philosophy Department offers an internationally renowned integrated PhD programme in conjunction with the School of Philosophy in University College Dublin (UCD). The programme combines a choice from a set of intensive courses in most areas of philosophy with a traditional emphasis on conducting original research.

Our research students play an active role in shaping the research life of the Department, in particular, by organising a large number of workshops, reading and study groups.

The Ph.D. in Sociology is designed to produce rigorously trained, widely-read and well-rounded sociologists, able to take their place in the forefront of the profession. The Department of Sociology at Trinity ranks 48th in the world according to independent evaluations of its research and teaching. Many graduates of the programme have gone on to secure full-time academic positions. Graduates, or current students, have come from Ireland, Italy, the USA, Poland, Germany, the UK, South Africa, Israel and Palestine, to name just a few. This international mix adds a positive and exciting dimension to the life of the Department. In the first year students follow a methodology course, and develop a literature review and research proposal for the final thesis. In the second year of the PhD programme, students start work on their thesis, including doing fieldwork, and in the third and fourth year they write up their thesis.

The Ph.D. in Political Science is an innovative programme (see entry below), which involves course work in the first two years, and which combines an intensive training in the substance and methodology of research along with a traditional emphasis on conducting original research. Almost all graduates of this programme go on to take on positions in academia.

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 Social Sciences and Philosophy
•Head of School: Professor Gail McElroy
•Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate):Professor Thomas Chadefaux
•Telephone:+353-1-896 2499
•Url: www.tcd.ie/ssp

Comment

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

Application date

The deadline for applications for the September 2020 intake is March 1st 2020.

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: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Research areas

School Description:

The School of Social Sciences and Philosophy consists of the Departments of Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy. With more than 50 full-time academic members of staff and postdoctoral fellows, the School enjoys an international research profile in its constituent departments. Its postgraduate programmes consist of a combination of taught Masters degrees and Ph.D. degrees. All four Departments offer Ph.D. students a rigorous training in their respective disciplines as well as the opportunity to write original and high-quality Ph.D. theses.

The Ph.D. in Economics is a competitive degree aiming to rank among the best flagship Economics programmes in Europe and produces the largest number of research degrees of any Economics department in Ireland. Importantly, it blends an innovative curricular part, which offers optional courses jointly with other departments in Ireland, with a unique research environment that promotes close interaction with the faculty. Currently, the department has 18 full-time academic staff and almost 30 research students.

The Philosophy Department offers an internationally renowned integrated PhD programme in conjunction with the School of Philosophy in University College Dublin (UCD). The programme combines a choice from a set of intensive courses in most areas of philosophy with a traditional emphasis on conducting original research. Our research students play an active role in shaping the research life of the Department, in particular, by organising a large number of workshops, reading and study groups.

The Ph.D. in Sociology is designed to produce rigorously trained, widely-read and well-rounded sociologists, able to take their place in the forefront of the profession. The Department of Sociology at Trinity ranks 48th in the world according to independent evaluations of its research and teaching. Many graduates of the programme have gone on to secure full-time academic positions. Graduates, or current students, have come from Ireland, Italy, the USA, Poland, Germany, the UK, South Africa, Israel and Palestine, to name just a few. This international mix adds a positive and exciting dimension to the life of the Department. In the first year students follow a methodology course, and develop a literature review and research proposal for the final thesis. In the second year of the PhD programme, students start work on their thesis, including doing fieldwork, and in the third and fourth year they write up their thesis.

The Ph.D. in Political Science is an innovative programme (see entry below), which involves course work in the first two years, and which combines an intensive training in the substance and methodology of research along with a traditional emphasis on conducting original research. Almost all graduates of this programme go on to take on positions in academia. The deadline for applications for the September 2020 intake is March 1st 2020.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Economics (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Economics (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Sociology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Sociology (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Economics (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Economics (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Sociology (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Sociology (Full-Time)

September 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Economics (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Economics (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Philosophy (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Philosophy (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Sociology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Sociology (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Political Science
Master in Letters, Economics (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Economics (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Philosophy (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Philosophy (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Sociology (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Sociology (Full-Time)

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