Research course

Digital Arts and Humanities

Maynooth University · An Foras Feasa

Entry requirements

For more information about the application procedure, or to discuss your application informally, please contact Candidates already enrolled on Structured PhD Programmes are not eligible to apply. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Months of entry


Course content

The Digital Arts and Humanities PhD at An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth is part of the structured PhD programme funded by PRTLI 5 in a consortium comprising National University of Ireland Maynooth, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork.

What is DAH?

DAH is a four-year 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 ever-evolving developments in computing and their performative and analytical implications have brought about a quantum leap in arts and humanities research and practice. Digital Arts and Humanities 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 creates the research platform, the structures, partnerships and innovation models by which fourthlevel researchers can engage with a wide range of stakeholders in order to contribute to the developing digital arts and humanities community worldwide, as participants and as leaders. DAH promotes advanced practical and academic research in the application of new media and computer technologies, and works with industry partners and cultural institutions to ensure knowledge exchange and career development.

DAH at NUI Maynooth

DAH students at NUI Maynooth are part of An Foras Feasa’s research institute which has state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities in the university’s newly-opened Iontas building and a dynamic postgraduate community. Students participate in a collaborative Structured PhD Programme with co-registration in An Foras Feasa and a participating academic department (e.g. English, Music, Media Studies, History, Celtic Studies, Modern Languages).

An Foras Feasa specialises in the integration of humanities research with information and communications technologies; particular research strengths in the Institute and its partner departments include digital imaging, digital critical editions, data modeling, digital archives and repository development, humanities computing, software engineering, music technology and multimedia.

Applications to the following sample research areas are particularly welcome:

  • Digital Literary Studies
  • Data mining Historical Social Networks
  • Language and Computation
  • Understanding and Modelling Online Identity
  • Data Infrastructures for Humanities Research
  • Computational Philology
  • Aspects and Strategies of Live-Electronic Music
  • Spectromorphology and Phenomenology
  • Digital Signal Processing and Music Creation

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score; TOEFL (Paper based test): 585; TOEFL (Internet based test): 95; PTE (Pearson): 62. Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

An Foras Feasa