Course Overview

Important: This programme is NOT on offer for Entry 2021. 

Texts, Contexts, Cultures is an interdisciplinary PhD research programme in the Arts and Humanities. It is delivered in cooperation between research hubs at three of Ireland's leading universities: The Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, National University of Ireland Galway; The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin; The Graduate School, the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork.

Texts, Contexts, Cultures provides students with a PhD in their chosen discipline of the Arts and Humanities in four years of research and training. The programme is designed to integrate knowledge and use of new technologies and related professional placements into the traditional PhD. It encourages candidates to develop their research interests, ideas and skills in challenging, supportive interdisciplinary contexts. Their research interests will develop through a series of foundation year modules which are delivered at participating institutions by online learning media and video conferencing.

Texts, Contexts, Cultures is designed to prepare students for life after graduation. Participants benefit from thorough preparation in research skills transferable to a wide variety of settings. They will also have access to placements and mentoring systems in a broad range of some of the most exciting contemporary organisations in media, the cultural and creative industries, public administration and academe.

Programmes Available

Important: This programme is NOT on offer for Entry 2021. 

PhD (Texts, Contexts, Cultures), full-time
PhD (Texts, Contexts, Cultures), part-time
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement 2.1 honours (or equivalent international qualification) undergraduate degree.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín 
Establishment of electronic database of Irish inscribed stones; prosopographical analysis of inscribed stones and their contexts; study of a defined database of Irish inscribed stones.

Dr. Jane Conroy  

Dr. Daniel Carey 
Literature of advice on travel 1500–1900 (ref. TCCNUIG06); French consular reportage and travel writing 1660–1800 (ref. TCCNUIG07); cross-cultural encounters in the French Mediterranean.

Dr. Lionel Pilkington 
Spiritual aspects of empire: the congregation of Vincent de Paul and missionary Catholicism; British Imperial policy and popular theatre in Ireland, Canada and U.S., c. 1886[ndash}1914; Irish media, decolonisation, and empire in the 20th century.

Dr. Mark Stansbury  

Conor Newman
Archaeology and digital survey of Columbanian foundations in France; pilgrims, ideas, images.

Researcher Profiles

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.

Contact Us

Prof. Sean Ryder  
T +353 91 493 904