Creative Arts - Research

School Description:
The School of Creative Arts comprises of the three disciplines in the title. With 17 full-time academic members of staff, the School enjoys an international reputation for its research activities and achievements.

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

School of Creative Arts
• Head of School: Professor Matthew Causey
• Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Dr Paula Quigley
• Telephone:+353-1-896-1715
• Fax:+353-1-6793488
• Url:

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.

Prior To Submitting An Electronic Application, All Applicants Should Ensure That They Have Met The Specific Programme Requirements Laid Down By Trinity Business School.

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 areas

Research Programmes
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.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2019 Entry
Doctor in Philosophy, Drama (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Drama (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Music (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Music (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Drama (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Drama (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Music (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Music (Full-Time)

September 2019 Entry
Doctor in Philosophy, Drama (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Drama (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Music (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Music (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Drama (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Drama (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Music (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Music (Full-Time)

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