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Postgrad research: Frequently asked questions

A research degree involves an in-depth study of a specific topic which is then written up as a thesis. You can apply for a Masters by research (MA), Research Doctoral (PhD) or Structured PhD (SPhD).

On average a research degree takes between two to four years to complete. You can apply anytime during the year.

You can undertake a PhD straight after your undergraduate degree.

  • Do you enjoy working independently?
  • Did you enjoy the research project your carried out in your degree (eg. Final Year Project)?
  • Do you have a subject area you wish to explore further?
  • Do you have good oral and written communication skills?
  • Do you expect to graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher?

Faculty are involved in research across a range of disciplines including:

Cultural Studies Gaeilge Linguistics Public Administration
Creative Writing History Modern Languages Sociology
English Journalism New Media Teaching English as a Second Language
E-Learning Law Politics Technical Communication

Possible careers after a research degree include: education, consultancy, public service, publishing, business, politics, creative arts, media.
 
Examples of some of the destinations of our graduated AHSS PhD students include:

  • PhD in Sociology – Research Officer, Irish Research Council
  • PhD in History – Director of Government Affairs, Insurance Ireland
  • PhD in MLAL – Language Teacher and Translator, Portugal
  • PhD in Law – Legislation Manager at Law Reform Commission
  • PhD in PPA- Research Fellow – Corruption in Development Aid
  • PhD in CC – Assistant Prof. of Language Education, Trinity College