Future Research Students

The School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music welcomes PhD applications throughout the year. Please contact the Head of School Dr Brad Anderson or the School Research Convenor Dr Patricia Flynn.

DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS

The School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music is delighted to offer PhD Scholarships in both Theology & Philosophy and in Music for students commencing in Autumn 2020.  The closing date for applications is  

17.00 (Irish time) on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020.

The Scholarship provides fees plus a €16,000 stipend per annum for up to four years, subject to satisfactory annual progression. 

Prospective candidates may wish to discuss their research area with a potential supervisor prior to application. To be directed to a supervisor in Theology please email brad.anderson@dcu.ie. To be directed to a supervisor in Music please email patricia.flynn@dcu.ie . 

To apply candidates must email a research proposal of c 3,000 words, together with a  bibliography and each of the application documents itemised below to mary.hayes@dcu.ie on or before the closeing date. 

Applications will be shortlisted and interviewed by an evaluation panel. Late applications or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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PhD Scholarships in Theology

The School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University, ranked as one of the top 100 universities under 50 as per Times Higher Education, is a dynamic and creative learning environment with a strong commitment to social and cultural engagement, and world-class research. The academic study of religion in DCU takes place within a pluralist, multi-religious, secular, and interdisciplinary context, with internationally-recognised staff who have distinguished records in research and teaching. In our current offering of Doctoral Scholarships, applications are welcome in the areas of Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics.

Eligibility: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree at first-class honours level or at least 2.1 level in Theology, Religious Studies, or a related discipline, and a Master’s Degree in Theology, Religious Studies, or a related discipline. Candidates who are currently completing a Master’s qualification are welcome to apply.

Topics:

The School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music is interested in receiving research proposals in the following areas:

  • Ethics/Applied Ethics
  • Moral Theology
  • Ecclesiology and Church History
  • Philosophy
  • Biblical Studies
  • Theological Ethics
  • Religion, Society, and Culture

Application Procedure:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to make informal contact with a faculty member whose research area covers their proposed doctoral work in advance of an application. Candidates will be directed to supervisors on application.

Email applications to Mary Hayes :mary.hayes@dcu.ie , indicating Theology PhD scholarships in the subject line. Applications should include the following:

  • A CV including names and contact details of two academic referees.
  • A copy of undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates.
  • Copies of transcripts from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • A letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for the scholarship.
  • A research proposal c.3000 words, accompanied by a bibliography (which is not included in the word count).
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (as required).

Please note: Following the offer of a Faculty Scholarship, students will apply to register with the University through the Postgraduate Applications Centre www.pac.ie and must meet all the entry requirements of the university.

Inquiries:

Inquiries to Dr Brad Anderson, Head of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at:brad.anderson@dcu.ie 

Other useful resources:
DCU Graduate Studies Office: http://dcu.ie/graduatestudies/index.shtml

Closing date for applications is 17:00 (Irish time) on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020. 

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PhD Scholarship in Music

The School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University, ranked as one of the top 100 universities under 50 as per Times Higher Education, is a dynamic and creative learning environment with a strong commitment to social and cultural engagement, and world-class research. The academic study of Music in DCU engages with a plurality of Music genres, styles, creative practices and contexts with internationally-recognised staff who have distinguished records in research, teaching and creative practice. Applications for Doctoral Scholarships are welcome in the areas of Musicology, Applied Musicology and Practice Based Research.

Eligibility: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree at first-class honours level or at least 2.1 level in Music, or a related discipline, and a Master’s Degree in Music or a related discipline. Candidates who are currently completing a Master’s qualification are welcome to apply.

Topics:

The School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music is interested in receiving research proposals in:

  • Musicology (across a broad range of music genres, practices and stylistic periods)

And especially in the following areas :

  • Contemporary Music (including Irish Contemporary Music)
  • Choral Studies
  • Film Music or Popular Music
  • Electroacoustic Processes and Analysis
  • Applied Musicology
  • Music, Society, and Culture

Application Procedure:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to make informal contact with a faculty member whose research area covers their proposed doctoral work in advance of an application. Candidates will be directed to supervisors on application.

Email applications to Mary Hayes: mary.hayes@dcu.ie , indicating Music PhD scholarships in the subject line. Applications should include the following:

  • A CV including names and contact details of two academic referees.
  • A copy of undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates.
  • Copies of transcripts from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • A letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for the scholarship.
  • A research proposal c.3000 words, accompanied by a bibliography (which is not included in the word count).
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (as required).

Please note: Following the offer of a Faculty Scholarship, students will apply to register with the University through the Postgraduate Applications Centre www.pac.ie and must meet all the entry requirements of the university.

Inquiries:

Inquiries to Dr Brad Anderson, Head of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music or Dr Patricia Flynn School Research Convenor .

Other useful resources:
DCU Graduate Studies Office: https://www.dcu.ie/graduatestudies/how_to_apply.shtml

Closing date for applications is 17:00 (Irish time) on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020. 

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The School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music welcomes applications throughout the year from those interested in undertaking a research degree in the areas of expertise within the School. These are outlined below for ease of access. PhD by monograph and in music by  portfolio of music compositions or monograph are all possible. 
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Information for Future Research Students

 

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A research proposal of approximately 3,000 words (see guidelines below);
  • A complete curriculum vitae, including results for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (for each year of study) and for any research projects, dissertations or theses completed;
  • The Name of the academic in the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music who has agreed to support your application.

You should apply only when you have secured the support of an academic engaged in research in your areas of interest. Your application will only be considered if a School member supports it. Your PhD can be either self-funded or funded by some external funding agency.

Writing a Research Proposal

When writing your proposal ensure that you do the following:

 

  • Present a clear outline of your research question;
  • Include a literature review including the most recent articles from leading research journals and other published works;
  • Situate your research proposal within the relevant research literature;
  • Indicate clearly how your research proposal will contribute to knowledge in your chosen field;
  • Choose appropriate methodologies for your research;
  • Ensure that you have access to all relevant databases, archives, libraries and other collections relevant to your area of study.

 

Applicants who have the support of a proposed supervisor may be invited to an interview. Successful candidates will be required to apply formally to DCU via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) Please note that applications submitted to PAC before receiving School approval will not be considered.

Further Information
  • General: visit the University’s Graduate Studies Office
  • Applications: view the Graduate Studies Application Procedures
  • International Students: please consult the University’s International Office for information regarding studying in Ireland, making an application, tuition fees, and life in DCU and Dublin.
Scholarship Opportunities
 

Research Interests of Academic Staff

Theology and Philosophy

Peter Admirand: Religion and literature, Interfaith Dialogue; Jewish-Christian Dialogue; Christianity and World Religions; Witness Testimonies and Memoirs; Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought; the Bible as Literature; Theodicy; War and Peace; Atheism and Secular Humanism

Brad Anderson: Hebrew Bible; Torah/Pentateuch (particularly Genesis); prophetic literature; reception history; identity and otherness in the Bible; literary and theological interpretation; Bible and theory; texts and materiality

Gabriel Flynn: French twentieth-century Catholic theology; ressourcement; Yves Congar; Henri de Lubac; historical theology; communion ecclesiology; business ethics; virtue ethics

Bert Gordijn: Philosophical ethics; Applied ethics; Bioethics; Philosophy of technology; ICT ethics; the idea of progress

Alan Kearns: The Concept of Person in Bioethics/Health Care Ethics; Ethical Issues with Diagnostic Self-Testing; Business Ethics: Corporate Social Responsibility; Kantian Deontology; Research Ethics: Foundations & Approaches

Jonathan Kearney: Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Biblical Studies; Qur’an; Semitic Languages; Religion and Identity; Inter-Religious and Intra-Religious Engagement; Authority and Boundaries in Religions; the Concepts of "World Religions" and "Abrahamic Religions"

Ian Leask: History of Philosophy; Plato and the Reception of Plato in European Philosophy; the Radical Enlightenment; Theories of Power and Resistance in recent European philosophy; aspects of Visual Culture and Theory

John Murray: The place of religion in moral theory and practice; Natural law theory and its theological development; St Thomas Aquinas; the moral theory of Germain Grisez and John Finnis; Theological Social Ethics; faith and reason (especially in relation to education)

Fiachra O'Brolchain: Applied Ethics; Political Philosophy; Environmental Philosophy; Ethics of Technology; Disability; Human Enhancement; Internet Ethics

Ethna Regan: Human Rights; Catholic Social Thought; Social Ethics; Theological Anthropology; Karl Rahner; Liberation Theology; Political Theology; Feminist Theology; Jewish and Christian responses to the Holocaust

Joseph Rivera: Philosophy of Religion, Augustine and Augustinian Studies, Sacramental Theology, Theology in a Secular Age, Modern Theology and Twentieth-Century Theology, Phenomenology and Theology

Garrick Allen: Inner-biblical exegesis; Book of Revelation; apocalyptic literature; ancient biblical interpretation; biblical manuscripts; Second Temple Judaism; Dead Sea scrolls; textual criticism; reception history in/of the New Testament

Music

Roisin Blunnie: music and cultural history; music and text; composition, performance and ideology in Victorian and imperial Britain; conducting and choral development; experience-based learning and the Kodály approach to music transmission

Barbara Dignam: Electroacoustic Music process and analysis; Contemporary music; Roger Doyle;

Sean Doherty: Composition, Early Music Theory, Music in 17th century England, Music in Colonial America, Shape-Note Music, Choral Music, Instrumentation, Orchestration.

Patricia Flynn: Irish Art Music; Classical Style; Haydn; Frederick May; Music and Cultural Policy; Music Psychology; Music Development in Society within and outside Education; National Infrastructure for the Arts; Music Generation; The Compositional Process; Music within Digital Humanities

John O’Flynn: Film Music; Popular Music; Music Transmission; Sociology of Music; Music in Performance