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PhD Programme

The Department of Philosophy has an impressive record of attracting excellent students from all over the world to its PhD programme.

PhD in Philosophy at Trinity College

The Department of Philosophy has a vibrant graduate community. Students who are accepted into the PhD programme at Trinity College are, as a matter of course, also enrolled in the Dublin Philosophy Graduate Programme. This programme, which combines the strengths and expertise of the philosophy faculties of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, integrates a rigorous taught component with a serious research element, giving it a unique and comprehensive character.

Course Structure

The PhD typically takes four years to complete and culminates in the production of a high quality research dissertation.

For full details, see the Postgraduate Handbook.

Is it for me?

The Ph.D. Programme in Philosophy prepares students for an academic career. Candidates are expected to master philosophical methods and research techniques; develop their facility for academic writing; and become adept at presenting and defending their views in front of an audience of their peers. Graduate students are provided with ample opportunity to achieve these goals through one–on–one interaction with their supervisors, collaboration with other members of the Department, a weekly visiting speaker colloquium and regular Graduate Student Research Seminar.

Graduate students are considered full members of the Department, and are encouraged to participate in the many conferences, workshops and lectures held in Dublin throughout the academic year.

What are the admission requirements?

The Department welcomes applications from all well–qualified applicants. Admission to the programme is highly competitive. A successful applicant will have a strong background and demonstrated track record of excellence in philosophy. Preference is given to applicants whose research interests coincide with those of a member of the Department.

Visit the How to Apply section for additional details