Research course


Maynooth University · Department of Anthropology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 degree (BA or MA) or international equivalent, and a proposal for original research that is accepted by the Anthropology Department. Normally students being admitted to the PhD programme are expected to have previous study of anthropology. Students with a degree in a field other than anthropology would be required to sit modules in our taught MA programme before continuing on with their research. In exceptional circumstances, students may be accepted directly to the PhD with only an anthropology BA in hand, but such students would be required to complete a total of 60 credits of modules (see Course Structure).

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD is an advanced research degree that requires considerable initiative on the part of the student to engage in independent, original scholarship. The objective of the PhD programme is to provide students with professional training in anthropological research and to produce scholars capable of contributing to international networks in the discipline in an original, ethical, and effective fashion. To this end, the programme provides students with the necessary research skills, along with any other specialist training, required for their research project.

Above all, the department aims to provide students with the opportunity to pursue effectively their own specific research interests, working independently under the mentorship of members of staff, who will provide detailed feedback and advice on the work.

PhD students adjust to the life of the department best when they begin in September, but starting dates are negotiable.

Closing date
We prefer to receive applications no later than May 31st for the following academic year, but PhD applications are generally accepted at any time, and decisions are made on a rolling basis on completed applications.

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: Fees, funding & scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Department of Anthropology