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Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences postgraduate research webpage. Here you will find 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.
Each School has a vibrant research culture with staff and students publishing both nationally and internationally. Over the past three years alone over twenty students have graduated with research degrees from the Faculty.
An example of interdisciplinary research in the Faculty is the the Representing Women project. This involves a team from three research centres at DCU: the Centre for International Studies (CIS), the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS) and the Centre for Society, Information and Media (SIM). More information on the interdisciplinary project on Representing Women here.
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
Some Schools offer individual scholarships to students and the Faculty encourages all its students to apply for postgraduate scholarships from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS).
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:
Dr. Kevin Rafter
Associate Dean for Research
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Tel: 353-1-700 5082