School of Histories and Humanities

School Description:

The School of Histories and Humanities comprises the Departments of Classics, History, History of Art and Architecture and the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies. With 36 full-time academic members of staff the School enjoys an international research profile in a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, including archaeology, philosophy, Latin and Greek language and literature, Classical, Medieval and Modern History, History of Art and Architecture and Gender and Women’s Studies. We currently have 96 research students and 107 taught students registered on our postgraduate courses. Staff are dedicated to research-led teaching, ready to listen to students’ ideas and open to interdisciplinary approaches.

The School regularly hosts international conferences and runs six major research seminars. These provide a forum for scholars and postgraduates from all over the world to present their research and exchange ideas. The School also plays an active role in many of Ireland’s leading research centres . Eight of these are located within the School: the Trinity Irish Art Research Centre; the Trinity Medieval History Research Centre; the Trinity Centre for Early Modern History; the Trinity Centre for Contemporary Irish History; the Trinity Centre for Irish, Scottish and Comparative Studies; the Trinity Centre for War Studies; the Trinity Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies; and the Trinity Centre for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies

Taught Masters Degrees (M.Phil.)

The School offers nine taught M.Phil. courses of 1 year’s duration (2 years part-time). The courses are an opportunity to explore a special interest area in greater depth. They also offer a recognised pathway to doctoral studies as they provide generic research skills training in addition to specialist knowledge and practice in writing a research thesis. For information on individual courses please see the Taught Course section of the website and our Course Directors will be happy to answer your questions. In some circumstances applications may be considered after the advertised closing date (the responsible Course Director can advise).

Research Degrees (Ph.D. and M.Litt.)

The School offers research supervision across all of its disciplines within the context of its structured Doctoral (Ph.D., 3-4 years) and Research Master’s courses (M.Litt., 2 years), including a wide variety of postgraduate training modules, career development options and teaching opportunities for senior postgraduates. Many of our students are successful in securing grants for their studies from College sources or external funders such as the Irish Research Council. Further information on postgraduate research opportunities in the School is available at and from the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate),  Dr Martine Cuypers at


In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing