School of Arts, English and Languages

Postgraduate Research

The postgraduate community in the Arts is one of the largest in the UK or Ireland (over 100 registered PhD students in 2013-14) with students working on a range of theoretical, historical, practice-based and technical projects across the School.  The international student population is extremely valued and serves to establish word-wide graduate networks reaching Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America. In 2013, a third of the 43 students conducting research at SARC was either international or from EU countries.

The School offers PhD programmes in all areas of staff research expertise and interests. PhD programmes can consist of thesis only, portfolio of creative practice with commentary and a hybrid submission which combines a written thesis with practice based work. 

Music

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PhD in Musicology

PhD supervision in a wide range of fields

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Music score

PhD in Composition

Practice-led research

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Mixing in the Sonic Lab

PhD in Sonic Arts

CROSS-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN SONIC ARTS

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Film

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PhD in Film and Visual Studies

Creative Practice

Students opting for the PhD (Creative Practice) route will produce a body of supervised creative work, accompanied by a written critical treatment contextualising this work with the broader field of film and audiovisual cultures.

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PhD in Film and Visual Studies

Critical Practice

The PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Critical Practice) route offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced, original research in one of our current areas of specialisation: cinema history and historiography; sound and film; world and comparative film studies; documentary film; and Irish film and audiovisual culture.

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Drama

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PhD in Drama

OUR VIBRANT GRADUATE COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES STRONGLY TO DRAMA’S THRIVING RESEARCH CULTURE

Critical and practice-based methods and whilst recent activities and outputs primarily relate to Irish theatre, dramaturgy, post-conflict performance and applied theatre

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Arts Management and Cultural Policy

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Phd in Arts Management and Cultural Policy

DEEPLY CONNECTED TO THE ARTS AND CULTURAL SECTOR

Researchers at the School are focused on the social, historical and political processes involved in making, managing, and developing policy for the arts and culture

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What is it like to study a PhD at the School?

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Studying a research degree at the School

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"My supervisor/s have the skills and subject knowledge to support my research."