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Enquiries:

Informal enquiries can be made to the Course Director (Dr Jennifer Edmond, edmondj@tcd.ie).

Entry requirements:

Admission to the MPhil will be based on the following criteria:
  • Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second, GPA of at least 3.3) in a discipline relevant to the digital humanities (usually a humanities field, but may also include library science, cultural heritage management, media studies, science and technology studies or computer science, provided all other requirements are met).
  • Applicants must be able to show their understanding of the digital humanities and present a compelling case for studying it at postgraduate level. This case should be made via the Personal Statement Form Template (see below)
  • Applicants must demonstrate their ability to write clearly and persuasively in an academic register (via the writing sample, described below).
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of proficiency in English via a recognised English language qualification in line with the requirements as laid down in Postgraduate Calendar Part 3 Section 1.5 Language of Instruction. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 in each category or its equivalent.
Applicants may also be asked to take part in a short interview (in person or via phone/skype) as part of the assessment process.

Application and next steps

Applications are open from November until June and you may apply at any point. Places are offered to the best applicants on a first-come first-served basis. Places are limited, and for that reason, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible. The deadline for applications is June 30th.

Required Materials

For this course, you will need to submit the following materials to apply:

Personal Statement Form

The Personal Statement Form is an important part of our assessment process. It is your opportunity to state your reasons for applying to this programme and how they match what the programme delivers. Applicants who would like to make the Course Director aware of further information relevant to their application may also upload an optional personal cover letter to their dossier.  

Please complete this form to submit your Personal Statement.

Sample of Academic Writing

As part of your application, you also need to submit a sample of no more than 2,500 words (excluding bibliography) of your best academic writing in English.
When we assess your application, we will pay particular attention to:

  • your ability to build and present a logical, cohesive argument
  • your ability to analyse and evaluate the arguments of others
  • your ability to adhere to the norms of academic writing (referencing, quotation, avoiding plagiarism* and other forms of academic misconduct, and bibliography)
  • your command of academic English

* we make use of Turnitin and other software to check for plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct in the samples submitted. An application may be rejected if samples of work submitted are found to include instances of such misconduct.

English Language Qualifications

Unless you have completed a degree through the medium of English or are a native speaker, you are required to prove your proficiency with the language. Trinity prefers IELTS, but will accept alternative tests run by international organisations, such as TOEFL. A minimum of 6.5 in each category or its equivalent is required.

Degree Certificate(s)

You will need to provide degree certificates (in PDF format) that prove you have completed all of the degrees you mention in your application. If you haven’t yet completed your degree, you can still apply and supply these documents when you have them.

Degree Transcripts

You will need to provide official transcripts (in PDF format) showing all of the components you have completed as part of your degree(s).

Two Reference Letters

You will need to provide reference letters from two referees who can provide references written in English, explaining why you would be a strong candidate for the course. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact their referees and to upload their reference letters on their behalf to Trinity’s online application system. Please note that Trinity's online application system does not prompt referees for their reference letters; the applicant must therefore obtain the letters first and then upload them to the system.

Online Application Form

Once you have all of these materials (use this checklist to ensure you have completed all the required documents), click “Apply” below and fill out the online application form in full, not forgetting to upload all the requested materials as attachments.

IMPORTANT: please note that you must specify the category of each attachment you upload (for example, when uploading a reference letter, you need to specify that the attachment is a “Reference”). Otherwise your application will be deemed incomplete.

 

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