Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search



You are here Programme > Postgraduate > Postgraduate Research / Structured Ph.D. Programme

Postgraduate Research

The School of Religion offers four taught Masters degrees (called M.Phil. at Trinity) and a postgraduate diploma, plus a research Masters (M.Litt.) and a doctorate by research (Ph.D.).

The School and its associated Centres maintain an active programme of research seminars and public lectures and regularly welcome research fellows from Europe and around the world. With more than 100 postgraduate students and more than 20 research-active staff across its various disciplines, the School is a leading centre for research in religious studies (in its many forms) and peace studies and warmly welcomes enquires from those interested in studying with us.

MLitt and PhD Degrees

The PhD is normally a four year course of full-time study, culminating in a dissertation based on original research on a focused topic. It is also possible to pursue the degree part-time over six years. PhD students are required to take an oral examination within the first eighteen months of beginning their research. If they successfully pass this then they are confirmed on the PhD register.

The Master in Letters (MLitt) research degree may be taken full time (2 years) or part-time (3 years). After eighteen months on the MLitt register students may apply to transfer to the PhD register should their work be of suitable standard. Regulations for this procedure can be found on the Academic Registry website.

Students are required to take a minimum of 10 ECTS in taught modules to develop their research skills.

Study for a research degree involves working closely with an individual supervisor. Prior to an application, prospective students are advised to contact a potential supervisor, and work with them in developing a proposal, in advance of a formal application. There are two registration periods (September and March) for degrees by research. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited. Please see application information below for further details.

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 research.admissions@tcd.ie

PhD Via Distance Learning

The School of Religion is now taking applications for PhD studies via distance learning. This path allows students to study towards their research degree from their residential location, while participating in required modules (a minimum of 20 ECTS taught elements) and partaking in the School’s postgraduate and research community via online activities. Students enrolled in this path will take their studies from distance wherever possible and regularly meet online with their supervisors. Students will attend Trinity College in person for taking the required oral examinations and any other academic activities deemed necessary by, and agreed with, their supervisor.

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Officer at srpostgrad@tcd.ie.

How to apply

Prior to submitting a formal application, students are advised to discuss their research proposal with a relevant member of academic staff. The research profiles and contact details of the School”s academic staff can be found on our website.

An M.Litt. or PhD proposal should be approximately 1500 words long incorporating:

  • A statement of the research question/hypothesis
  • A description of the proposed research and its relationship to existing research in the field
  • A note on research methodology
  • A preliminary structured bibliography
  • A work plan

You should submit your application to the Graduate Admissions Office following the guidance on that admissions page.

Fees

2019/20 - Research (Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences)

M.Litt (full-time) EU New Entrant: €6,391. EU Continuing: €6,087.

NON EU New Entrant: €10,712. Continuing: € 10,202.

MLitt (part-time) EU New Entrant: €4,475. EU Continuing: €4,264.

NON EU New Entrant: €7431. Continuing: € 7,076.

PhD (full-time) EU New Entrant: €6,391. EU Continuing: €6,087.

NON EU New Entrant: €10,712. Continuing: €10,202.

PhD (P/T) EU New Entrant: €4,475. EU Continuing €4,264.

NON EU New Entrant: €7,431. Continuing: €7,076.

Course List

March 2020 Entry

  • Doctor in Philosophy, Religious Studies (Part-Time)
  • Doctor in Philosophy, Religious Studies (Full-Time)
  • Master in Letters, Religious Studies (Part-Time)
  • Master in Letters, Religious Studies (Full-Time)
  • Doctor in Philosophy, Peace Studies (Part-Time)
  • Doctor in Philosophy, Peace Studies (Full-Time)
  • Master in Letters, Peace Studies (Part-Time)
  • Master in Letters, Peace Studies (Full-Time)

September 2020 Entry

  • Doctor in Philosophy, Religious Studies (Part-Time)
  • Doctor in Philosophy, Religious Studies (Full-Time)
  • Master in Letters, Religious Studies (Part-Time)
  • Master in Letters, Religious Studies (Full-Time)
  • Doctor in Philosophy, Peace Studies (Part-Time)
  • Doctor in Philosophy, Peace Studies (Full-Time)
  • Master in Letters, Peace Studies (Part-Time)
  • Master in Letters, Peace Studies (Full-Time)

Course Handbook

School of Religion MLitt/PhD Handbook

Scholarships

Irish School of Ecumenics Trust Scholarship

One ISE Trust PhD/MLitt scholarship worth €3000 is available for research in the fields of Peace and Conflict Studies or Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies. For further details please contact srpostgrad@tcd.ie.

Postgraduate Research Studentships

A number of postgraduate studentships are made annually to highly qualified candidates to enable them to undertake postgraduate studies in the University of Dublin, Trinity College. These studentships are open to new entrants to the full-time Ph.D. register as well as continuing students in a given academic year.

Applications for Postgraduate Research Studentships for new entrants are made online in conjunction with your PhD application at tcd.ie/courses. Continuing students who wish to apply for this postgraduate Award should contact the School of Religion Postgraduate Officer directly: srpostgrad@tcd.ie. Further information is available on the Graduate Studies website.

Postgraduate Research Fellowships (Ussher)

A number of postgraduate fellowships are made annually to exceptionally highly qualified candidates to enable them to undertake postgraduate studies in the University of Dublin. These fellowships are open only to new entrants to the full-time Ph.D. register. Application to the Ussher award is online along with your Ph.D. application. The internal School deadline for Ussher applications is Tuesday 5th May at 12pm. Further information is available on the Graduate Studies website.

Find out more about Postgraduate Scholarships.