Thinking about a PhD in Arts, Celtic Studies or Social Sciences?


If you are interested in doing a PhD, the first step is to consult with the relevant Head of School/Department or potential supervisor to discuss your proposed are of research.  The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences offers PhD programmes in over 25 specialist areas of research.  For a full list of disciplies see 

The second step is to submit your application to  Your application should include a 1,500-word research proposal, ideally written in consultation with your proposed supervisor.   

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit an IELTS Certificate with an overall result of at least 6.5 with no individual score of less than 5.5.



Application Dates

Applications for PhD courses are accepted throughout the year. Prospective students are advised to complete their applications at least two months in advance of their desired start date as all applications go through two different stages of approval - Department and College. The four start dates during the year are January, April, July and October.


Duration and Format

The Structured PhD at UCC normally lasts for three years. More information about the support and training offered to you on a Structured PhD can be found at the following link:  Structured PhD 


Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a PhD, you must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours Grade I in an approved primary degree, or equivalent. Applicants with a relevant Masters degree (of any grade) are also eligible to apply.  Suitably qualified candidates may register on a PhD track (i.e. provisional registration for a PhD) in the first instance. Students will be subject to a review within 12 to 18 months from the date of registration and will be required to demonstrate progress in the form of 10,000 words minimum written work, as well as defending their work at interview. Students may then, on the recommendation of the Head of Department, Supervisor and the approval of the College, transfer to the PhD. Appropriate Masters' graduates with at least Second Class Honours can also apply for direct entry to a PhD.


Further Information

For further details on the application procedure at UCC see our Apply-Research course page. 

For detailed information on regulations for UCC research courses see

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