Research Degrees

UCD School of History welcomes applications from potential PhD and MLitt students.

A UCD PhD is a structured four year research degree (six years part-time), undertaken within a clearly structured programme including training, taught modules, a Research and Professional Development Plan and opportunities to develop teaching skills. All students are assigned a primary supervisor and a variety of academic supports, including what is called a Doctoral Studies Panel (DSP).  The panel draws together expertise from a number of colleagues, and offers excellent support in particular for cross-disciplinary projects.  Students are supported in their programme of independent research which will normally culminate in the production of research worthy of peer-reviewed publications. UCD School of History staff are experienced in supervision of PhD students and have wide ranging expertise. Many of our doctoral students have been successful in securing postdoctoral funding and academic posts. 

The School also offers an MLitt degree, a two year research degree (four years part-time) which combines some taught skills elements alongside a major research thesis of 40,000-50,000 words including footnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices.

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The School will normally consider applicants with at least a 2:1 in their undergraduate BA and a 2:1 in an appropriate Masters-level programme. Applicants should have a strong sense of the project, and its viability, they wish to pursue and are strongly encouraged to liaise with an appropriate member of the School’s staff in advance of submitting any proposal. A full list of staff and their research interests can be found at http://www.ucd.ie/history/about/staff_contacts_pictures/ 

Once considered by the School, all applications are forwarded to the College Graduate School Board who alone have the authority to admit research students.

Applicants whose first language is not english must meet UCD's English language requirements.

Any candidate considering a PhD is required to have a very good sense of the proposed topic of research. This can and 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. Please contact Professor Diarmaid Ferriter (diarmaid.ferriter@ucd.ie) if you have any queries about which staff member may be most relevant to your proposed research. 

After discussing your application with your potential supervisor you should apply online at www.ucd.ie/apply