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Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctoral research is a very important part of the School’s Graduate Programme and the range of dissertation topics which are currently under supervision (see below) reflects the diversity of interests present in the School. These topics include:

  • Re-Staging Bharatanatyam in the Diaspora and Online
  • Country Music in Ireland
  • Algorithmic Music and Culture
  • The Adaptation of the Violin in South Indian Music
  • Music and Worship in the Nigerian Pentcostal community of Dublin
  • The Role and Representation of Hip-Hop in Recent American Literature (jointly with the Clinton Institute for American Studies)
  • Country Music and Memory in Ireland
  • Migrancy and Cultural Transformation in Dublin's Cameroonian community
  • Microtonality in the Music of Ezra Sims
  • The History of Irish Brass Bands

Doctoral students have the possibility of having their work substantially funded externally through the Irish Research Council (IRC). The UCD School of Music has had enormous success in securing IRC funding for PhD students. At present, 80% of our PhD students are recipients of IRC funding.

Applicants to the PhD programme should have achieved a first or a very high 2.1 in their undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees.

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