Doctoral Study at NCAD

NCAD is a welcoming environment for doctoral study

Every year NCAD recruits a small number of research students who, working closely with their supervisors, develop and then follow bespoke programmes of study. They join a community of c. 20 full time and part time doctoral (PhD) students exploring different aspects of the history, theory and practice of art and design, as well as studies into different faces of art and design education.

Students can apply directly to undertake Doctoral Study or they can register as an MRes (Masters of Research) student and then apply to transfer to the Doctoral programme (PhD). This allows for research skills to be developed and a strong proposal for PhD study to be formulated. For further details of the MRes programme click here.

Details of current projects and recently completed ones can be found below, as well as information about how to apply and the Research Methods Course.

Making an application to conduct doctoral research

Making an application to conduct doctoral research

How to apply

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Current doctoral students

Our doctoral students

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Recently completed doctoral projects

Summaries of new doctoral research

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Research Methods Course

Doctoral students benefit from a 5 credit programme of lectures and seminars which introduce key issues in research methods such as originality, ethics, experimentation, etc. For those students who wish or need to develop specific knowledge or expertise, it is possible to participate in classes offered by the College's various MA programmes.

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