Applications invited for Ireland's digital structured PhD programme

Digital Arts and Humanities Programme

Applications Invited for Ireland's digital structured PhD programme

(Four years full-time, six years part-time)

A structured doctoral research-training programme designed to enable students to carry out research in the arts and humanities at the highest level using new media and computer technologies.

The Digital Arts and Humanities programme (DAH) is an innovative inter-disciplinary structured PhD programme co-ordinated by an all-Irish university consortium, funded through Cycle 5 of the Government's Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions.

The programme is open for registration with Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Galway, and National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Teaching resources are also provided by the Royal Irish Academy and the Northern Ireland universities Queen's University Belfast and University of Ulster.

DAH opened last year as the world's largest digital arts and humanities doctoral programme with 46 students. We are creating the research platform, the structures, partnerships and innovation models by which fourth-level researchers can engage with a wide range of stakeholders in order to contribute to the developing digital arts and humanities community world-wide, as participants and as leaders. Further information about the programme is available on our website:

Students will choose to enter the program within either the ARTS or the HUMANITIES strands. In both strands you are required to complete core, training and career development modules, including main modules shared across the consortium and others institutionally-based. The overall aim of the taught modules are threefold: 1) to introduce students to the history and theoretical issues in digital arts/humanities; 2) to provide the skills needed to apply advanced computational and information management paradigms to humanities/arts research; 3) to provide an enabling framework for students to develop generic and transferable skills to carry out their final research projects/dissertations. The aim of the research is to enable students to develop and synthesise a PhD dissertation.

High-calibre candidates holding, or expecting to receive, a first-class or upper second-class honours degree in an appropriate discipline are encouraged to apply. We would like to receive your application by 15 May 2012.

The DAH programme at NUI Galway is shared between the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media. The ambition for Digital Humanities at the Moore Institute is to create synergies between humanities research, digital technology and innovation. Students enrolling in the DAH at the Moore Institute will undertake integrated projects combining humanities scholarship with the creation of digital tools and applications. Projects that focus on bringing the academic and creative cultures of Galway and its region to international visibility in partnership with local communities are particularly welcome. The Huston School of Film & Digital Media has a dynamic approach to creativity in film and digital media training in conjunction with rigorous film and critical studies. The DAH research programme aims to support highly creative and excellently trained individuals develop advanced artistic practice in digital media at regional, national, and international levels. At the Huston School DAH will contribute knowledge and understanding in digital media, film, and television by means of enquiry conducted through practice-based research methods. The integrated aim of DAH @ NUI Galway will be to support and envision first class humanities research that is informed by the best teaching and support in digital theory and culture. PhDs in the Humanities steam of the programme (hosted by the Moore Institute) are under the direction of Professor Sean Ryder, or PhDs in the Arts steam of the programme (hosted by the Huston School of Film & Digital Media) are under the direction of Professor Rod Stoneman, or