The Graduate College Faculty

The Graduate College

Érik Bordeleau, PhD (Université de Montréal) Director of the MA Program in Crypto-Economics, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Creston Davis, PhD (University of Virginia) Chancellor, Associate Professor of philosophy and religion, Founding Director of GCAS.

Bracha L Ettinger, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. 

Keith Faulkner, PhD (University of Warwick) Associate Professor of Philosophy

Francisco Gonzalez, PhD (Catholic University, Chile) Assistant Professor of Arts and Philosophy, Director of GCAS-South America

Dejan Lukić, PhD (Columbia University) Vice-Chancellor, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Luanne McKinnon, PhD (University of Virginia), Member of the Board, Professor of Art & Art History

Jean-Luc Nancy, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Julie Reshe, PhD Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Psychoanalysis, and Director of the GCAS Psychoanalysis Institute. 

Tere Vadén, PhD (University of Tampere) Professor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

We are pleased to offer two PhD programs in the academic disciplines of:

Social & Political Thought

Philosophy & Psychoanalysis (now accepting applications)

Philosophy (forthcoming 2019)


GCAS College awards our own degree

Duration: 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time

Tuition: 5,000 euros/ year

The PhD program at GCAS College Dublin is a scientific research program. By "scientific" we mean the application of analytical and empirical data combined with theoretical structures to produce original research that is relevant to addressing the most vexing issues confronting our world today. By contrast to PhD programs in the United States, which can take as long as ten years to complete, our program is designed to engage and publish research findings with the highest rigor and quality in the world in three to four years. Students in our program will have access to research materials and core and some affiliate faculty at the Global Center for Advanced Studies.   

GCAS College Dublin is not accredited. We award our own PhD degree. We are seeking to be accredited within the European Union and internationally.

Prerequisites for acceptance: 

Our researchers come from some of the best academic institutions in the world, including UC Berkeley, Columbia University, London School of Economics, Swarthmore, Yale, New York University, Case Western Reserve University. However, as a research institute and college that is challenging traditional academia, we attract applicants who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and fresh perspectives to the conversation and research. If you are passionate about learning new skills and want to help re-shape the future of learning, then we invite you to join our intellectual and activist community by applying. To help us accomplish our goal of truly accessible education, the application does not have a fee.

Our degree program is rigorous and applicants must possess an accredited Master’s degree to be considered for admission. On occasion, applicants with a BA and extensive experience may be considered. Applicants with a BA who the admissions committee do not feel meet the requirements for the PhD will be considered for the MA program.

Tuition:  5,000/ year with 100% financial aid offered to all PhD Researchers/Students.

General Summary of Program Requirements

To complete the PhD program in Social and Political Thought you must:

1. Meet monthly with your advisor and Dissertation Small Group (DSG). Meetings take place during the academic year.

2. Weekly Research Logs/Reports

3. Formally present your research within GCAS College Dublin and at an academic conference not associated with GCAS.

4. Pass Doctoral Comprehensive Examinations (5 exams).

5. Publish an article in a peer-reviewed Journal.

6. There is a residential requirement for examinations during our residential seminars, annual Summer Institutes or prearranged by appointment.

7. Pass language examinations (when required by your advisor).

Program Aim and Outcomes
This program is designed to provide students with a broad set of skills, knowledge and expertise. It is also set up to initially attract students from a variety of backgrounds so that the eventual application of expertise engages with the world in a range of places and on diverse topics.  

Each student will spend the majority of their degree doing a supervised dissertation. They will work one-on-one with their advisor to select, write and defend a substantive and original piece of work on a chosen topic. The PhD dissertation defense will take place in front of a defense committee comprised of experts in the field of inquiry.

Representative Fields of Research

Currently GCAS College Dublin has doctoral students focusing on a variety of topics, including: human migration and climate shift, theology, philosophy, critical pedagogy, literature, social change, pornography, computation & mathematics, Africana studies, crypto-economics, feminism and housing, housing development, art performance and much more.

Program Structure
The program is set up on a Traditional Doctoral Program format, which means that students do not need to take courses. Some students may be required to take classes by their Supervisor depending on the research requirements. Throughout the program, students will have to take 180 credits, all of which can come from their dissertation research. Students are also invited, though not mandated to join for the Summer Institute that is held in a different location each year. During this Institute, several post-graduate level courses will be offered to researchers. These seminars will be taught by top- tier scholars from around the globe. 

Placement Information
We anticipate graduates from GCAS’s PhD programs to go onto a variety of careers and positions. These include working on policy for nonprofits and NGOs, as well as into academia. The degree’s emphasis on critical thinking makes it useful for entrance into almost any position. Data shows that more businesses are looking for people with a Liberal Arts degree and we believe that for this reason, graduates from this program will be highly sought after. 



Academic Calendar




PhD Schedule & Targets

This chart represents the ideal schedule for the PhD Researcher at GCAS College Dublin.

Teaching is not guaranteed, but as opportunities become available, select PhD Researchers will be asked to assist with teaching at the BA and MA levels.


PhD Programme Credit Distribution Chart