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Research Degrees: Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D)

The New Tenant Grace Nuttall

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Varies 3 - 4 years


Students engaged in doctoral research spend their time preparing for and writing a thesis, which is then examined and upon which the degree may be awarded. They work closely with a supervisor from the School who guides their research and monitors their progress. They meet regularly in a postgraduate seminar to discuss common theoretical and methodological concerns, and where they read and critique others' work under the guidance of senior academics. In the first year they also attend courses in critical and cultural theory and in methodology for theatre and performance studies.

It is possible to conduct research in any element of theatre and performance studies, dependent on the expertise of the available academic staff.

Currently there are 25 students from all over the world (students have come from Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Uganda) at various stages of postgraduate research. Their subjects have included Irish theatre and performance, dramatic text into performance, post-dramatic theatre, dance, performance and technology, multi-cultural performance, amongst others.

Recent graduates of the Department of Drama have found immediate employment as lecturers/assistant professors at Queens University Belfast, University of Reading, University College Cork, NUI Galway and Villanova University. Others have gone on to work in theatre, film and television.

There are a number of competitive scholarships available from Trinity College (details available from the Graduate Studies website), as well as from other agencies. Chinese applicants can apply for a CSC-Trinity joint scholarship programme outlined on the Trinity website. The Department of Drama also uses graduate teaching assistants who are paid an hourly rate, and there are  travel grants available from both the Department and Graduate Studies to assist in research.


For more information on fees please check the Academic Registry.

Apply for Postgraduate Research


An initial approach should be made to a staff member of the Department of Drama for potential supervision in an area relevant to his/her expertise. All formal applications should be made via the Academic Registry and please inspect here.

Admission to study for a research degree in the Department of Drama is based upon an applicant's record, research proposal and letters of recommendation. In addition to the details required on the application forms, the Department requires a detailed (one or two page) research proposal and a sample of academic writing of 20 pages or so.


Thesis and viva voce examination.


*Photograph by Grace Nuttall