Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences



Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences research webpage. The Faculty is research focused, meaning our staff publish in leading academic journals, as evidence of the quality of our work.  We also utilise that 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.  We have led externally funded research projects for the EU, the Irish Government, the Irish Research Council, NGOs and charities.  Finally and crucially our students have access to leading experts in their chosen fields of study, strengthening the teaching and learning experience at DCU.

On this site you will get access to staff research in a number of ways. We allow open access to our research whenever that is possible and you will find over 600 papers by our staff on our open access depositary DORAS.  Not all publishers permit open access and therefore you will get the most comprehensive listing on individual staff members webpages - accessible under the 'People' tab in the side menu.

Our research is focused around key areas of expertise reflected in our Schools, research institutes and centres all of which can be accessed in the side menu.  There you will see how our inter-disciplinary approach to problem solving research is highly regarded academically and is making a significant public contribution.  In keeping with the DCU strategic plan, Transforming Lives and Societies, staff in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences continued to produce research in 2013 that delivered societal and economic benefit for Ireland.  Click here to view the Faculty Research Review 2013 information.

Research Degrees

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.

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. The Faculty also believes that the research postgraduate experience should be both intellectually and culturally stimulating. It hosts three University Designated Research Centres, dedicated to interdisciplinary research, with which postgraduate students may also be affiliated along with their host schools including: -

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 or Institute closest to your own research interests.  Feel free to email any member of staff or the contact names listed below.

Contact Us
Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact the individual Schools in the first instance: -

Full information concerning the application process for applicants wishing to pursue studies in postgraduate is available at:

Prof. Kevin Rafter
Associate Dean for Research
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Tel: 353-1-700 5082