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English Drama & Film - Research

The School of English Drama and Film at UCD welcomes applications from potential PhD students. A UCD PhD is a three to four year research degree, undertaken within a clearly structured programme. The programme includes taught modules, a Research and Professional Development Plan and the possibility to develop teaching skills.

All students are assigned a primary supervisor, and in some cases where the work is interdisciplinary, co-supervision will be offered. Students are supported in their programme of independent research which frequently culminates in the production of research worthy of peer-reviewed publications.

Consistently the School and the Humanities at UCD are ranked highly. Members of the School have attracted some of the most competitive research grants and awards available in Ireland and internationally. School members have also played a significant and recognized role in shaping their respective fields of study.

At the school of English, Drama and Film offer we offer experience in the supervision of PhD students and a wide-ranging expertise. Many of our PhD students have been successful in obtaining Postdoctoral funding following their research.

Entry requirements

In general, applicants for the MLitt and PhD must hold a BA and MA or equivalent qualifications, with a distinguished record of academic achievement. We also pay close attention in our admissions process to the quality of applicants' research proposals and referees' recommendations.


English, Drama & Film (Z110) MLitt Research 2 Years FT Full 
English, Drama & Film (Z123/Z124) PhD Research 3 Years FT / 6 Years PT

Further enquiries

English Graduate Studies & Irish Studies:
Room J206, Newman Building
Ms Hilary Gow
Tel.: + 353 1 716 8480 (mornings only)

Drama & Film Studies:
Room A106, Hannah Sheehy-Skeffington Building
Opening Hours: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm and 2.00 – 5.00 pm
Ms Karen Jackman;
Tel.: + 353 1 716 8604
Fax.: + 353 1 716 8605


How to apply

Any candidate considering a PhD is required to complete a detailed project proposal. These should be developed in collaboration with your potential supervisor. An essential first step is making contact with a potential supervisor to discuss possible research topics.

For English, contact the Graduate Officer Dr Nerys Williams ( if you have any queries about which staff member may be most relevant to your proposed research. For more information about the application process please contact the Graduate Administrator Ms Hilary Gow (

For Film Studies PhD inquiries, contact Head of Subject Professor Diane Negra (

For Drama Studies PhD inquires, contact Head of Subject Dr. Finola Cronin (

The School look forward to hearing about your proposed research.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: To be agreed with School

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