School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

School Description:

In 1776 Trinity College was the first university in the world to introduce the study of modern continental languages. Over the centuries, we have produced generations of high-achieving graduates. Today we are consistently ranked among the top universities in the world for the study of language.

Our internationally influential research makes significant and transformative contributions to cross-cultural knowledge and understanding in a range of fields relevant for navigating cultural diversity. We attract research students from around the world, who get close supervision and thorough research training to prepare them for careers inside and beyond academia.

The School’s research in Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies is broad, covering a wide range of languages, including, but not limited to:
• French
• German
• Irish (Early and Modern)
• Italian
• Near and Middle Eastern Languages (Hebrew, Turkish, Sumerian, Arabic, etc.)
• Russian and Slavonic
• Spanish
• Japanese

The periods covered are also vast, including everything from the Middle Ages to the present day. Moreover, the School offers specialist doctoral supervision in a range of interdisciplinary, interlingual, and intercultural areas:
• Comparative Literature
• Irish Language and Culture Studies
• European Studies
• Identities and Cultures 
• Applied Intercultural Communications
• Jewish Studies
• Medieval and Renaissance Studies
• Middle Eastern Studies
• Forced Migration Studies
• Digital Humanities
• Translation Studies 

We are currently seeking to expand our cohort of doctoral researchers and are actively looking for talented PhD candidates to join us. Researchers in the school have access to an enviable catalogue of  modules, which are shared with taught postgraduate students. 

These modules are designed to expand doctoral researchers’ horizons and encourage them to develop new skills during their studies. Doctoral candidates also have access to a vibrant  schedule of research seminars and events throughout the year, organised by the School and its various research centres, and by the College at large.

How to Apply
The first step is to work out an idea of the research project you would like to pursue. Once you have an idea, write it out an abstract of about 300 words, being sure to include: a) main research question, b) methodology, c) materials, d) justification for why this question is timely e) any contextual information that is necessary to understand the question. Once you have this abstract, carefully read up on potential supervisors from the School’s staff listings:

When you have identified one or more potential supervisors for your project, reach out to them directly by email, and ask whether they would be interested in supervising your project. After securing at least one supervisor, you will work with them to make a formal application using the link on this page that pertains to the discipline of tehe main supervisor.

For further information on what materials are required for a full formal application, please visit our website:   

We are currently piloting a distance PhD programme, which allows candidates who reside outside Dublin or Ireland to conduct their research with us remotely. For further details on this option please email the school office at

Deadline for applications for admission to the research register in the School for September 2024 is the 31st July 2024.

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