PhD Programmes

NCAD offers PhD Programmes in Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture.

Doctoral study at NCAD (AD567) can be undertaken ‘by thesis’ or ‘by practice’ in the following areas (please click on headings for more details).



Fine Art

Visual Culture

Students can be registered full time or part time.

The application process

NCAD operates an online application process which carries a fee of 55 Euro. NCAD graduates or those applying to more than one area should contact the Assistant Student Recruitment and Admissions Officer prior to completing an online application.

Prior to applying using the online system, applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposed research with the appropriate School. Details of who to contact can be found in the links to schools / areas listed above.

An offer of a place to undertake research follows an interview.

NCAD operates a rolling closing date for applications to undertake a research degree (PhD and MLitt). Students can commence studies at the start of the autumn, spring or summer trimester. PhD Scholarships (see below) are typically awarded to allow an autumn start.

PhD Funding

Detail of the fees can be found here.

Each year NCAD offers a fixed number of PhD Scholarships to meet the cost of fees (not living costs). Details here.

NCAD students have a successful track record of funding from external bodies including the Irish Research Council – details here.

To start an application, please click here

Applicants are required to upload the two documents as PDFs as part of the process:

i. A CV

ii. A Research Proposal - details here

If called to interview, applicants will also be asked to provide the following:

i. Two references

ii. Copies of degree certificates and other appropriate third level qualifications

iii. English Language Proficiency Certificate (where English is not the applicant’s first language)

Please note that you can save and return to an incomplete application at any time.

Queries and support

Please contact Fiona Cleary, Assistant Student Recruitment and Admissions Officer / +353 1 636 4218.