Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH PH.D. (10)

CAO/PAC code : MH02F (FT), MH03F (PT)

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2019

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The Digital Arts and Humanities PhD at An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth is part of the structured PhD programme funded by PRTLI 5 in a consortium comprising National University of Ireland Maynooth, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork.

What is DAH?
DAH is a four-year structured doctoral research-training programme designed to enable students to carry out research in the arts and humanities at the highest level using new media and computer technologies. The ever-evolving developments in computing and their performative and analytical implications have brought about a quantum leap in arts and humanities research and practice. Digital Arts and Humanities is a field of study, research, teaching, and invention at the intersection of computing and information management with the arts and humanities. The DAH Structured PhD programme creates the research platform, the structures, partnerships  and innovation models by which fourthlevel researchers can engage with a wide range of stakeholders in order to contribute to the developing digital arts and humanities community worldwide, as participants and as leaders. DAH promotes advanced practical and academic research in the application of new media and computer technologies, and works with industry partners and cultural institutions to ensure knowledge exchange and career development.

DAH at NUI Maynooth
DAH students at NUI Maynooth are part of An Foras Feasa’s research institute which has state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities in the university’s newly-opened Iontas building and a dynamic postgraduate community. Students participate in a collaborative Structured PhD Programme with co-registration in An Foras Feasa and a participating academic department (e.g. English, Music, Media Studies, History, Celtic Studies, Modern Languages). An Foras Feasa specialises in the integration of  humanities research with information and communications technologies; particular research strengths in the Institute and its partner departments include digital imaging, digital critical editions, data modeling, digital archives and repository development, humanities computing, software engineering, music technology and multimedia.

Applications to the following sample research areas are particularly welcome:
- Digital Literary Studies
- Data mining Historical Social Networks
- Language and Computation
- Understanding and Modelling Online Identity
- Data Infrastructures for Humanities Research
- Computational Philology
- Aspects and Strategies of Live-Electronic Music
- Spectromorphology and Phenomenology
- Digital Signal Processing and Music Creation

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time

September (or other agreed time)

For more information about the application procedure, or to discuss your application informally, please contact or see

Candidates already enrolled on Structured PhD Programmes are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

The Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions is based at NUI Maynooth. The research focus in the Institute is on Digital Humanities and Digital Humanities education.  Specialisms include digital repository development, digital textual studies and teaching and learning within virtual research environments. An Foras Feasa runs a number of teaching programmes at undergraduate and graduate level including the MA in Digital Humanities, which was the first of its kind in Ireland. The Institute also participates in the inter-institutional Digital Arts and Humanities PhD programme, the largest structured PhD programme in Europe. Other major research projects underway in the Institute include the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) project where An Foras Feasa is responsible for requirements analysis and software engineering for the data management layer. 

Candidates choose to enter the program within either the Arts or the Humanities strands. In both strands they are required to complete core, training and career development modules, including main modules shared across the consortium and others institutionally-based. The overall aim of the taught modules are threefold: (1) to introduce students to the history and theoretical issues in digital arts/humanities; (2) to provide the skills needed to apply advanced computational and information management paradigms to humanities/arts research; 3) to provide an enabling framework for students to develop generic and transferable skills to carry out their final research projects/dissertations. The aim of the research is to enable students to develop and synthesise a PhD dissertation.

Year 1 of the four-year programme includes core and optional graduate education modules delivered in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Maynooth. These modules provide
grounding in essential research skills and transferable skills together with access to specialist topics. In years 2 and 3 work on PhD research projects is supplemented with access to elective modules. Year 3 features practical placements in industry, academic research environments or cultural institutions.

Course Duration: 4 year Full-time, 6 years Part-time

This structured doctoral programme is geared towards students acquiring first-class professional skills which will allow them to develop an expertise in the the field of digital arts and humanities.

Online application only

PAC Code
MH02F Full-time
MH03F Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

  • All applicants are required to provide a detailed Proposed Research Topic and Personal Statement.
  • Each applicant should also submit two academic references.
  • Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed.
  • Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.


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