Research course

European Studies

University College Dublin · UCD School of Politics and International Relations
PhDMLitt by research

Entry requirements

The School of Politics and International Relations prefers students intending to embark on a research degree to have completed a Masters course involving at least some course-work; those who have not are required to undertake relevant course-work before they can proceed with their research. Applicants should normally have a primary degree in Politics, European Studies or Development Studies and have attained at least Upper Second Class Honours, with at least a Lower Second Class Honours in any other degree subject. Applicants with good qualifications in related subjects may also be considered from time to time.

European Studies

Months of entry


Course content

The School offers a PhD European Studies degree based mainly on supervised research resulting in completion of a thesis. The PhD European Studies requires completion of some course-work and participation in specified research-oriented classes and seminars.

The PhD European Studies typically involves a thesis of about 100,000 words, normally submitted after three years; it must be submitted within six years of registration. In exceptional cases, the six-year maximum period may be extended.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Jean Brennan