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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.

Applying for a Research Degree