Communications - Research


Research Opportunities in the School Of Communications

The School of Communications at Dublin City University invites applications for postgraduate research degrees for the 2006-2007 academic year. M.A. and Ph.D. applications are considered from both full-time and part-time applicants.

Research interests and activities in the School of Communications cover a wide variety of topics, and the School invites, in particular, applications in the following areas :

  • digital media and information society
  • media history, policy and structures
  • analysis and critique of media content (including film)
  • communication across cultures
  • journalism and conflict in Ireland
  • science in society

Production-based research applications are also considered.

Further information about the research interests of individual staff members is available on the School’s web pages (Staff details – see biographies or personal home pages).

Prospective applicants are encouraged to communicate with staff members whom they identify as possible supervisors.

The School of Communications at Dublin City University has a number of scholarships (including fees) for full-time postgraduate research students starting in the forthcoming academic year.

The scholarships are available to students enrolling full-time at MA or PhD level, at the following rates (approx.): 10,000 Euro for PhD (maximum 3 years), and 7,600 Euro for MA (maximum 2 years).

Applicants who are interested in being considered for one of these scholarships should indicate this when communicating with potential supervisor.

Applying for a Research Scholarship

Applicants for a research scholarship must:

  1. be nominated by a member of the School's academic staff who agrees to act as the supervisor of the applicant's M.A./Ph.D. research within the School.
  2. have submitted a complete application to undertake postgraduate research in the School of Communications (through DCU Registry)
  3. submit a 2,000-word (max.) typed statement addressing the following topics in relation to the research proposal:
    • topic of research (including title);
    • background – relevant areas of existing research which will be considered in developing the topic, including own prior work if relevant;
    • importance – indicating why this research is important both theoretically and in terms of extensions to existing knowledge;
    • methodology (including schedule) – indicating what sorts of data will be collected and analysed and how this will be done;
    • anticipated problems – indicating the major problems that are anticipated over the course of this research, in terms of theory, method and implementation.
  4. be available for interview on their application; the interview will cover some or all of the above points.

Deadline for submission: July of the current academic year.

Queries: Dr Miriam Judge, Research Convenor, School of Communications, DCU;