PHD in Studio Art

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Postgraduate Tuition Fees 2020/21

(Please note that tuition and fees are subject to annual change.)


Full Time

International Students       €18,500 per year (years 1-3); €9,830 year four

EU Students                      €9,500 per year (years 1-3); €5,400 year four

Part Time

International Students       €7,860 per year

EU Students                      €3,570 per year

Hybrid Mode (Part & Full Time)

International Students        €7,860 per year, plus €890 per month for which studio space is provided when in Full Time mode.

(subject to availability with advance reservation required)

EU Students                       €3570 per year plus €890 per month for which studio space is provided when in Full Time mode.

(subject to availability with advance reservation required).

These fees include the provision of supervisors, external examiners (including inclusion of an external supervisor when appropriate) and a Graduate Research Committee, studio space for Full-Time and Hybrid students, use of College facilities including the library and workshops, the administrative services of the college and the university, and a contribution to exhibition costs for examination including digital promotion. The cost of materials, books, external technical services, printed exhibition invitations and catalogue, travel and attendance at conferences are met by students.

Please note: Students are expected to complete their doctoral studies in the timeframes specified. If further time is required, subject to GRC approval, tuition for an additional year will be at the same rate as year 4 for Full Time students and at the annual tuition rate for Part Time and Hybrid Mode students. As noted previously, fees are non refundable if a student withdraws from the programme either voluntarily or through a failure to progress.

MFA in Studio Art / MFA in Art & Ecology

  • (2 Semesters per yr.) EU Fee €9,500 per yr / International Fee €18,500 per Yr.


MA in Studio Art / MA in Art & Ecology

  • (3 Semesters) EU Fee €11,875 / International Fee €23,150


Post Baccalaureate in Studio / Art & Ecology

  • (2 Semesters) EU Fee €9,500 / International Fee €18,500

NOTE: To be eligible for EU fee rates, you must hold an EU passport which has been valid for at least one year prior to applying to the programme.


Other Fees

  • Programme Fee €495
  • Activity Fee €390
  • Optional Faculty-led trip to London €700
  • Optional Faculty-led trip to Berlin €700
  • Graduation Fee €75

Fees Payment

Pay your Fees Online here

Cancellation Policy

All tuition and fees are due at least 4 weeks before the start of the programme. The Burren College of Art accepts no obligation to refund any fee, or part thereof, after this date.

Academic Year 2019/20 – Key Dates

Spring 2020

Classes Begin – Monday January 6th
Semester Ends – Friday April 17th

Fall 2020

Classes Begin – Monday, August 31st

Semester Engs – Friday, December 11th

Scholarship & Funding Sources

Burren College of Art is an independent, not-for-profit institution which does not receive any State or government funding in the form of grants or support for Irish or EU students.  In recognition of this, we assist Irish and EU students by providing a 50% reduction in tuition fees, reserving additional internal scholarship funds for our international (non-EU students).

BCA Merit Scholarship
The Sean Scully Scholarship
The Bernice P. Shaughnessy and Janet M. Shaughnessy Scholarship
Michael Greene Scholarship


Priority Deadline of February 1, 2020 for 2020/2021 Entry
The application deadline for Graduate Programmes is Feb 1st, 2020. Though we will continue to accept applications to our graduate programmes on a space-available basis after the February deadline, only students who have been accepted by February 1 will be eligible to apply for these scholarships.

External Sources of Funding

CAA College Art Association
The Department of Education
NUI Galway Research Scholarships
The Leverhulme Trust - Study Abroad Scholarships
Government Exchange Scholarships
The US-Ireland Alliance
Grant Fairy Scholarships
The African Educational Trust

Other Relevant Websites

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