PhD Studentship on Cork Opera House

Key Facts

  • UCC School of Film, Music & Theatre - Cork Opera House
  • PhD Scholarship
  • Cork Opera House; Social & Historical Perspectives
  • Fee Waiver & stipend of €10,000 p.a. for three years (FT)


As part of the inaugural initiatives to mark the beginning of the collaboration between University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Opera House (COH), we are delighted to announce the creation of a PhD scholarship dedicated to the social and historical study of Cork Opera House. The development of Cork Opera House as a Learning Theatre is intended to pioneer new modes of located and engaged learning and research, in part through this scholarship. Cork Opera House has been a beloved part of Cork City’s social and cultural landscape since 1855. Although it has undergone various transformations in the last 163 years, the Opera House remains a vibrant centre for community engagement through theatre, music, opera, dance and art. The impact of Cork Opera House in and beyond Cork City is evidenced in the large collection of materials related to the Opera House that currently reside in the Cork City and County Archives.

UCC and COH welcome PhD project proposals from creative and thoughtful musicologists, ethnomusicologists, theatre or dance scholars, historians, or scholars in related fields. Project proposals should focus on the Cork Opera House’s history and the role it has played in the Cork community from the nineteenth century to present, but can yet take a wide variety of forms. We especially encourage applicants to think about how they might make creative use of available archival materials. Some possible areas of study might include, but are not limited to: 

  • Cork Opera House in Irish, European, and global contexts
  • Cork Opera House as a public, socio-political space
  • Cork Opera House’s methods of publicity
  • Cork Opera House and globalization
  • Cork Opera House’s staged repertoire
  • Audience interaction within and beyond Cork Opera House
  • Cork Opera House and its audiences/repertoire in terms of race, class, gender, and sexuality
  • The role of opera societies in Cork and their links to the Opera House
  • Opera and the Opera House during the Irish Revolution
  • Public responses to the burning of the Opera House in the 1950s
  • Opera performers in Cork
  • Cork Opera House and vocal pedagogy
  • Opera and technology in Cork City
  • Cork Opera House as a producing house

How To Apply?

Those interested should submit a 1500-word project proposal to include the following:

  1. the aims and central research questions of the research project;
  2. your justification for the project and how it connects to the socio-historical study of Cork Opera House;
  3. the methodologies (theories, sources, etc.) you plan to complete the project; and
  4. a project timeline. 

Please send your proposals, along with your CV and two letters of recommendation to Aoife Murphy

The School of Film, Music & Theatre at UCC offers postgraduate and PhD training through world-class faculty, opportunities to engage with staff and students who work in a wide range of musical and theatrical sub-disciplines, and access to rich collections of resources detailing the history of opera in and beyond Cork City. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Jillian Rogers, and registered in the Department of Music in UCC’s School of Film, Music & Theatre.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Jillian Rogers ( or Professor Jools Gilson (

PhD Scholarship t&c

School of Film, Music and Theatre

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