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

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD, the first step is to consult with the relevant Head of School/Department or potential supervisor to discuss your proposed area 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 disciplines see here

The second step is to submit your application to  Your application should include a 1,000-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 different stages of approval - Department, School 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 or four years with students taking a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 credits of taught postgraduate training modules during that time. 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 an Honours degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade I in an approved primary degree. Applicants with a relevant Masters degree (of any grade) are also eligible to apply.  Suitably qualified candidates 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 a minimum of 10,000 words written work, as well as defending their work at interview. Students may then, on the recommendation of the Head of Department/School, Supervisor and the approval of the College, upgrade to the 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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