PhD Classics

Graduate Research (level 10 nfq)

The PhD is a minimum three-year research programme, leading to the production of a thesis of around 100,000 words which will make original contribution knowledge. It is also possible to study for a research degree in Classics part-time.

The PhD is predominantly a research degree, but students will also undertake formal training in research, take language courses (Latin or Greek) at an appropriate level, and attend seminars. 

The School of Classics currently has 7 students reading for the PhD. There is a dedicated room for research students, with an extensive reference library of texts. UCD has good library facilities for research in Classics, and postgraduate students also have access to other libraries in Dublin.

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

PhD Classics (Z121) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6530
EU          fee per year - € 6530
nonEU    fee per year - € 12575
nonEU    fee per year - € 12575

PhD Classics (Z122) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4315
nonEU    fee per year - € 8420

***Fees are subject to change

PhD Classics (Z121) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6530
EU          fee per year - € 6530
nonEU    fee per year - € 12575
nonEU    fee per year - € 12575

PhD Classics (Z122) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4315
nonEU    fee per year - € 8420

***Fees are subject to change

I was attracted to the UCD School of Classics because of its international reputation and its Classical Museum. On arrival I found a faculty that was diverse in its interests and passionate about helping me succeed. My thesis supervisor was superb, and I felt supported by the entire staff, and whether it was in trying to master Greek or building a more robust understanding of ancient history, there was always someone there to help. There is a regular programme of research seminars, and the UCD Classical Society provides opportunities to meet like-minded students in a more informal setting. I would recommend the PhD at UCD to anyone with a passion for the classical world.

A. David Newell, USA, PhD Candidate

I was attracted to the UCD School of Classics because of its international reputation and its Classical Museum. On arrival I found a faculty that was diverse in its interests and passionate about helping me succeed. My thesis supervisor was superb, and I felt supported by the entire staff, and whether it was in trying to master Greek or building a more robust understanding of ancient history, there was always someone there to help. There is a regular programme of research seminars, and the UCD Classical Society provides opportunities to meet like-minded students in a more informal setting. I would recommend the PhD at UCD to anyone with a passion for the classical world.

A. David Newell, USA, PhD Candidate

For queries, please contact Graduate Coordinator Assoc. Prof. Philip de Souza: PH: + 353 (0)1 716 8170 or email: philip.desouza@ucd.ie

For queries, please contact Graduate Coordinator Assoc. Prof. Philip de Souza: PH: + 353 (0)1 716 8170 or email: philip.desouza@ucd.ie