Dublin City University's strategic plan - Transforming Lives and Societies - sets the objective that by 2017 the University would be, 'recognised internationally as a research-intensive, globally-engaged University of Enterprise distinguished both by the quality and impact of its graduates and its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit'.
Research activity in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is directed at achieving these University's objectives.
The Faculty is research focused, meaning our staff publish in leading international and national academic journals as well as author and edit academic books and contribute chapters to academic books.
We also utilise our expertise to address important societal challenges, through policy focused research, by engaging with government and civil society and by bringing our research to a wider audience through the media. Staff in the Faculty have led externally funded research projects for the EU, the Irish Government, the Irish Research Council, NGOs and chartiies. Finally and crucially our students have access to leading experts in their chosen fields of study, strengthening the teaching and learning experience at DCU.
Click here to view the Faculty Research Review 2013 information.
Prof. Kevin Rafter
Associate Dean for Research
This website also provides some preliminary information about our postgraduate research programmes and links to our individual Schools, all of whom have their own postgraduate research pages. The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at DCU provides a stimulating research environment for postgraduate scholars at Ph.D and Masters levels, in a wide range of disciplines within the five Schools.
- School of Communications
- School of Education Studies
- School of Law and Government
- School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Why undertake a research degree?
Undertaking a research degree, Ph.D or Masters, allows you to carry out an in-depth study of an issue that you have chosen in a discipline in which you already have a good academic grounding. While a Ph.D is normally a gateway to an academic career, completing a research degree will also enable you to develop skills in organising, presenting and project management that will stand to you in whatever career you pursue afterwards. Having a research degree marks you out as someone with both specialist knowledge in your discipline and the ability and commitment to manage and complete a demanding and challenging piece of academic research.
Students work together in a modern, purpose-built area, with room for over seventy students, thus fostering a collegiate atmosphere. Academic supervision for each student is provided by a specialist or specialists in the appropriate discipline with whom students meet regularly. While postgraduate research is necessarily highly specialised, the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences provides a multidisciplinary environment for research. Students of all disciplines are trained in research methodologies at both Faculty and School level.
Research Studentships and Scholarships
We offer scholarships to support research students on an annual basis. Typically those competitions are held each Spring. You will get further information directly from the School closest to your own research interests. Feel free to email any member of staff or the contact names listed below.
Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact the individual Schools in the first instance: -
- Dr. Debbie Ging, School of Communications
- Dr. Majella McSharry, School of Education Studies
- Dr. Peadar Ó Flatharta, FIONTAR
- Dr. Donnacha Ó Beacháin, School of Law And Government
- Dr. Jennifer Bruen, School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Full information concerning the application process for applicants wishing to pursue studies in postgraduate is available at: