Course Overview

Researchers on the PhD in Creative Technologies work to investigate emerging trends in the overlap between creativity and technology, both in professional practice and academic research. Students on the programme participate in workshops and doctoral training designed to enhance their research capacity in the field, including a core module entitled “Research Methods in Creative Technologies.” Proposals are particularly welcome for projects that combine critical enquiry or social science methods with technological and artistic practice to pursue original research questions in this field. 

Proposal are welcome in any relevant areas of PhD research, especially (but not exclusively) in the areas outlined below:

  • Virtual/augmented reality and live performance
  • Creative arts, technology, and health/well-being
  • Creative arts, technology, and social inclusion
  • Extended reality and placemaking
  • Using creative arts and technology in primary and/or post-primary education.
  • Technology and the production/performance/reception of music
  • Sustainability and technology in the creative industries, including virtual production processes
  • Hacking, digital making and the circular economy
  • Augmented creativity and writing
  • The philosophy of technology and creativity
  • Affect and immersive art
  • The ethics of AI art

Programmes Available

Structured PhD, 4 years full-time
Structured PhD, 6 years part-time

Associated Research Centre

The Centre for Creative Technologies supports research and teaching activities that explore, analyse, and develop new links between creative practice and technology, including in such areas as Extended Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Augmented Creativity. These activities draw on existing strengths across the College of Arts in the creative arts, especially in such areas as Digital Media, Film, Music, Theatre Studies, and Writing. The Centre situates creative practice within an interdisciplinary approach to intersecting cultural, technological and societal questions. It seeks to build partnerships across academic institutions, industry and society to develop socially engaged research projects that explore the intersection of creativity and technology.


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

A primary degree and/or MA/MSc in any of the following areas: Creative Arts / Arts Practice; Digital Humanities; Computer Science; Engineering; Education; Literary Studies; Modern Languages (with an emphasis on comparative cultural studies and/or translation); Philosophy; Social Sciences; or a related area.

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Research Areas

Digital Media, Creative Technologies, Virtual/augmented reality and live performance, Creative arts, technology, and health/social inclusion, Extended reality and placemaking, creative arts and technology in education, Technology and the production/performance/reception of music, Sustainability and technology in the creative industries, virtual production, Hacking, digital making and the circular economy, Augmented creativity and writing, The philosophy of technology and creativity, Affect and immersive art, The ethics of AI art.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25


All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.