The School's research outputs are consistent with the highest research activities internationally. More than twenty-five monographs or edited collections by staff have been published by leading academic presses in the past two years. The School's research activities are guided by three core objectives: Ireland & the Arts, Globalisation & the Arts, and Technology & the Arts.
Drama Studies has a wide range of research interests consistent with a small School. Its strengths currently lie in the field of Irish & European Theatre, Theatre and Nation, Interculturalism/globalisation and performance, Identity Politics & Performance, and Performance and Technology. The School is located in the Samuel Beckett Centre that comprises a theatre, acting studios and seminar rooms. The School of Drama has a formal link with the Abbey Theatre principally for the development of training for theatre practitioners, and with the International Institute for Integration Studies. It boasts a large research community of M.Litt. & Ph.D. students.
Film Studies also has a broad range of research interests consistent with a small School. It enjoys an international reputation for its research in Irish cinema and the cinemas of the Irish diaspora, as well as for its work in the field of film theory, and British cinema. Film Studies' facilities (screening room, film library, and digital video production room) are located on campus near the Samuel Beckett Centre. It is closely associated with the Irish Film Institute, and together with the University of Ulster, has established the Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar. It has a growing body of research students (M.Litt. & Ph.D.).
Music has three principal areas of research: composition, musicology, and music technology. Among the staff is composers, experts on melodrama, film music, twentieth-century sketch study, Debussy & Purcell. In addition it enjoys the resources of an extensive Audio Archive and two music technology labs (undergraduate and postgraduate). It is located in Front Square of College in its own dedicated premises. The Department offers the very popular MPhil in Music Composition which attracts applicants from all over the world and research degrees (M.Litt. & Ph.D.) in its principal areas of expertise.
All research students of the School are required to take core classes in Research Methodologies in their first year and to attend the Graduate seminars run by the Schools. The School is committed to training research students for the academic profession. Recent graduates hold permanent lectureships at universities in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada & Brazil. It has a very vibrant international research community and hosts scholars from all over the world in its symposia and conferences, and maintains very active links with the arts professions.