Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH PH.D. (10)

CAO/PAC code : MHS02 (FT), MHS03 (PT)

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2020

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Students are provided with a flexible and tailored structured research programme within the Department of Media Studies, including the development of transferable research skills, specialist knowledge and professional practices. Upon completion of this programme, students will have achieved competence in relevant areas of research, and demonstrated specialist knowledge and skills in their own area of research as well as in knowledge transfer and effective academic communication. This programme will equip them with the professional skills necessary to pursue academic and research careers.

An applicant wishing to undertake a research degree should submit a research proposal in writing, and consult with the Centre on the general suitability of the research topic and on the availability of an appropriate supervisor before submitting an application.

Closing date
Rolling. Applications are welcomed throughout the year, for registration in September and January of each academic year.

A PhD in Media Studies can be commenced in September or January of each academic year.





Media Studies is an extremely interdisciplinary subject, and we welcome applications from candidates from a variety of other disciplinary backgrounds. Applicants should hold a BA (2:1 or higher) in Media Studies or another cognate discipline from the Humanities or Social Sciences. An MA in Media Studies or another cognate discipline from the Humanities or Social Sciences is strongly preferred. Applicants without an MA will be required to register initially as MLitt students, transferring to the PhD register on approval after a period of study. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Faculty in the Department of Media Studies have a strong focus on researching the social implications of the newest dimensions of digital media, in particular labour practices, journalism, city life, consumer culture, politics and social debate. At the same time, we also concentrate on the past, with expertise in researching the histories of media and cultural practices. The department is committed to practice-based research with creative projects in interactive digital media as well as in film and TV production.


Students will be required to take all Generic Skills modules for PhD students in the Faculty of Arts offered by Maynooth University’s Graduate School (GSA1, GSA2 and GSA3). A range of other modules, in the MA in Critical and Creative Media, research seminar presentations, conference presentations, language school participation and summer school participation will also be offered. Some of these modules may not be available every year, and students will be advised by their supervisor on which modules will be the most appropriate for them, and at what stage of their PhD studies. Appropriate modules offered by other departments/schools within Maynooth University will be regarded as Transferable Skills Modules and students will be encouraged to take any such modules that their supervisor deems helpful and appropriate.

Student must take a minimum of 30 credits in taught modules (15 in generic/transferable modules and 15 in subject/specialist modules) and not exceed 90 credits in taught modules over the duration of their Structured PhD programme.

Course Duration: 4 years full-time, 5 years part-time

A PhD in the Department of Media Studies provides the opportunity for an academic career teaching and researching in Media Studies, Digital Media and associated disciplines. It also provides an excellent platform (depending on precise specialisation) for a career in policy and research development or within the varied media industries themselves.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHS02 PhD Full-time
MHS03 PhD Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

- A full CV, including educational and relevant professional experience. This CV should include all subjects studied in the final year of candidates’ BA and MA, along with marks received for each subject and the class of degree awarded.

- A Research Proposal of approximately 1000 words, outlining the research topic they wish to pursue, a selection of the primary texts they intend to examine, and the methodology they intend to use.

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of their birth certificate or valid passport.

Prior to making a formal application, applicants are requested to make informal contact by email with their intended PhD supervisor within the Department of Media Studies. This will allow staff to give applicants advice on their proposed topic, and assist them in developing their application. Full details of the academic staff in the Department of Media Studies (and their areas of research/supervisory expertise) can be found at

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