MLitt & Structured PhD

Application Code

PhD: Z129 (full-time) & Z130 (part-time)
MLitt:  Z113 (full-time) & Z184 (part-time)

A love of research can sometimes blossom early, but it may also emerge more gradually. It may be fostered during your undergraduate study, but could equally develop at a later stage based on an idea for a project, or following travel, work or general life experience. It may be sparked by a particular cultural or intellectual encounter or simply from curiosity and interest in further study. Carrying out postgraduate research can be an enriching experience as well as leading to an internationally recognized qualification that can not only open doors to career opportunities, but can – for those research graduates who may not be certain whether they wish to remain entirely in academic life – greatly enhance the opportunities for progression within companies, organisations and a wide range of professions. An MLitt or PhD in a Language (or Languages) & Literature(s), in Linguistics, or in the study of Culture is a key specialization for many walks of life, as well as being a pathway to a career in the academic and educational spheres.

If you are thinking about further study, we would like to welcome you to come to speak with us at any time; our staff are actively conducting research, they will share your enthusiasm and will be very happy to help you find a research project. You can view their research interests and see those areas in which they offer supervision here. Both MLitt and PhD degrees involve working with an academic supervisor. She or he will guide you from the early stages of developing a research project to bringing it to conclusion.

Typically, an MLitt research degree (full-time) will take two years. A PhD is a research degree that normally takes three-to-four years. (Both degrees are also available part-time, and an MLitt student can transfer into a PhD degree, shortening the length of time for that programme). Both the MLitt and PhD programmes involve writing a longer research Dissertation and also incorporate some taught elements.

Please contact Director of Graduate Studies: Dr Jeanne Riou, for further information.

More information on the Structured PhD can be found here.

How to apply

Step 1:

To apply you will need to first identify a potential supervisor with similar research interests to yourself in one of these subject areas and then make contact with them about preparing a proposal. Individual staff research profiles may be found on our Research page and through our staff profiles

Download the brochure here.

Step 2:

Once you have the agreement of an academic member of staff to support your application you can apply via the UCD online applications system.

Please upload the following documents:

  • Research Proposal
  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • 2 academic references
  • Transcripts
  • English Language Requirements

More information on the application procedure can be found here.

Step 3:

Your application will be reviewed by the School Graduate Committee and then the College Graduate School Board to determine your suitability to take a place on your chosen PhD programme. Your application will be assessed on the basis of your academic qualifications, the alignment of the proposed research with the Schools academic strategy, your personal statement and, where relevant, your English language proficiency. Only when you have been approved by the College Graduate School Board will you be eligible to register to the PhD programme. For this reason it is prudent that you make your application about two months prior to your expected start date. You can register for a PhD in UCD in September, January or May.