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Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) structured PhD programme

The structured PhD programme in digital arts and humanities is the world’s largest-ever programme to train a new generation of research students in the application of new media and computer technologies in the arts and humanities. Currently, the programme has a total 46 students recruited from all over the world. The students come from all continents, in addition to Irish students there are students from India, South Africa, Turkey, USA, Canada and other countries.

The programme has an arts strand and a humanities strand. The arts focus is on the application of new technologies in music, drama, and film, including electric sound and image; computer graphics and music; internet; multimedia and other digital-based artistic practices. The humanities strand focuses on Information Communications Technologies and their opportunities and potential for humanities research for instance in editorial practice, management and research of large text bases, image repositories and linguistic corpora.

From a commercial perspective, DAH opens up new opportunities, forces a re-evaluation of existing assets - public and private - and creates a cluster of strategically important skills. DAH PhDs will have a unique skill-set to master contexts of technology and content, entrepreneurship in academic, business and public bodies and specialist discipline expertise. DAH will be Ireland’s unique platform for a technically innovative and smart economy-engaged research path to the completion of a fourth level degree in the arts and humanities.

The DAH programme
The DAH Structured PhD programme is both a full-time (4 years) and part-time (6 years) inter-institutional, inter-disciplinary structured PhD programme.  The DAH programme combines the strengths of seven institute partners; National University of Ireland, Galway, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Royal Irish Academy, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, Queen’s University Belfast and University of Ulster.  The DAH progamme is funded under the PRTLI5 initiative and co funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Candidates will choose to enter the program within either the ARTS or the HUMANITIES strands. In both strands they are required to complete core, training and career development modules, including main modules shared across the consortium and others institutionally-based. The overall aim of the taught modules are threefold:
1. to introduce students to the history and theoretical issues in digital arts/humanities;
2. to provide the skills needed to apply advanced computational and information management paradigms to humanities/arts research;
3. to provide an enabling framework for students to develop generic and transferable skills to carry out their final research projects/dissertations.
The aim of the research is to enable students to develop and synthesise a PhD dissertation.

DAH PhD programme structure

Thesis - PhD is by research and reserachers will work on their thesis throughout the programme


Year 1 of the four-year programme includes core and optional graduate education modules delivered in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Maynooth. These modules provide grounding in essential research skills and transferable skills together with access to specialist topics. In years 1 and 2 work on PhD research projects is supplemented with access to elective modules

Year 3 features practical placements in industry, academic research environments or cultural institutions.

Year 4 is fully dedicated to writing up the thesis.


Researchers will be required to take the core modules at the same time as the full-time researchers.  The timetable is as follows:
All: October-December Tuesday mornings 10-12 noon
Humanities: January-April Tuesday mornings 10-12 noon
Arts: January-April Thursday mornings 10-12 noon

Year 1-4 Completion of core modules and electives.  Total work load of taught modules will be half a year in total out of the four years.

Year 3 features practical placements in industry, academic research environments or cultural institutions.  (work placement requirement may be waived if part-time researcher is in relevant a job for the DAH programme)

Year 4-6 completing and submitting thesis (as stated above, PhD is by research and researchers will work on their thesis throughout the programme)

Call for applications 2014 - May 2014

Please find information regarding the call for applications here

If you are interested in applying for a place on the DAH programme please submit a one page reserach proposal and your updated resume to the following contacts: Arts strand Matthew Causey ( and Humanities strand Jo D'Arcy Poul Holm and Charlie Travis (

Postgraduate funding opportunities

Please review this document for potential funding opportunities for postgraduate students. Postgraduate funding

DAH @ TCD Information leaflet
DAH students at Trinity College Dublin will be supported by two of the Universities flagship research units, the Trinity Long Room Hub and the Arts Technology Research Lab, each with their own bespoke facilities on Trinity's ancient city-centre campus.  Particular research strengths within TCD include digital textual scholarship and editing, virtual/augmented/ mixed reality performance, data mining and visualisation, time-series analysis and historical modelling, personalisation and localisation, digital curation, 3D worlds, and music and new media. Enquiries may be directed to Professor Poul Holm, Dr Charlie Travis or Jo D’Arcy.

DAH course handbook

Please find the list of TCD electives here DAH electives





DAH @ NUI Galway _NUIG DAH electives___



DAH @ NUI Maynooth _DAH list electives NUIM



DAH @ University College Cork _ UCC DAH electives



UU DAH electives

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Funding Bodies

Ireland EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007 – 2013, European Regional Development Fund, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, HEA, Trinity College Dublin, and

Last updated 8 March 2016 by Trinity Long Room Hub (Email) .