Digital Arts & Humanities

Digital Arts & Humanities

Structured PhD Programme (


Digital Arts & Humanities (DAH) is a full-time four year inter-disciplinary structured PhD programme funded by the Higher Education Authority under its Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, Cycle 5. The PhD programme is co-ordinated with an all-Irish university consortium: National University of Ireland, Galway; Trinity College Dublin; University College Cork; and National University of Ireland, Maynooth and includes additional teaching contributions by Queen's University Belfast; University of Ulster and the Royal Irish Academy and by its industrial partners, Google, IBM, and Intel.

What is DAH?

DAH is designed to enable students to carry out research in the arts and humanities at the highest level using new media and computer technologies. The ever-evolving developments in computing and their performative and analytical implications have brought about a quantum leap in arts and humanities research and practice. DAH is a field of study, research, teaching, and invention at the intersection of computing and information management with the arts and humanities.

The DAH Structured PhD programme will create the research platform, 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.

For the student, DAH will:
 promote advanced practical and academic research in applying innovative models of arts practice and theory, humanities research, archiving, and pedagogy
 provide coherent exposure to transferable skills in digital content creation that will be enabling, academically rigorous and commercially viable
 work with industry partners and cultural institutions to ensure knowledge exchange and career development.

Programme Structure

Candidates will choose to enter the program within either the ARTS or the HUMANITIES strands. In both strands they 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.

Year 1 Includes core and optional graduate education modules delivered in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Maynooth. These
modules provide a grounding in essential research skills and transferable skills together with access to specialist topics
Years 2-3 Work on PhD research projects is supplemented with access to elective modules
Year 3 Includes practical placements in industry/academic research environments/cultural institutions.
Year 4 Dedicated to completion of dissertation and digital projects.

DAH @ NUI Galway

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 be encouraged to create digital applications, including apps and downloadable webtrails, which bring the creative culture of Galway and its region to international visibility in partnership with local communities. 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.

Scholarships awarded in the Humanities stream of the programme (hosted by the Moore Institute) are under the direction of Professor Nicholas Allen, or

Scholarhips awarded in the Arts stream of the programme (hosted by the Huston School of Film & Digital Media) are under the direction of Dr. Rod Stoneman or