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Research Degrees: M.Litt & Ph.D

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101 (M.Litt.). 215 (Ph.D.)


Varies 2-4 years.


The M.Litt. and Ph.D. degrees allow you to pursue your studies under the guidance of experts in many fields of music and with many research interests. We can accommodate many thesis proposals, including cross-disciplinary topics requiring dual supervision by experts across fields. Students spend their time preparing for and writing a thesis, which is then examined and upon which the degree may be awarded. Postgraduate seminars offer opportunities to discuss common theoretical and methodological concerns, and share work-in-progress under the guidance of senior academics. They are also encouraged to present papers at academic conferences.

There are a number of competitive scholarships available from Trinity (details available from, as well as from the Irish Research Council. Chinese applicants can apply for a CSC-Trinity joint scholarship programme outlined on the Trinity website. The Music Department is sometimes able to hire postgraduates as teaching assistants, paid at an hourly rate, and there are travel grants available. It is normal practice for research students who wish to undertake studies to doctoral level, to enter on the masters register, and to seek to upgrade to Ph.D. at a later stage, typically during their second year.

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Thesis and viva voce examination.