The School of History and Geography is currently home to a lively body of research students, all engaged in research towards the PhD degree.

We offer a structured research programme with access to appropriate taught modules alongside expert supervision.

A limited number of research scholarships are offered annually by the School - information is generally posted in the spring of each year.  In addition, several of our current students are holders of external funding awards, including the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship (Irish Research Council) and the Universities Ireland History Bursary.

Recent PhD graduates have published their graduate work as monographs and proceeded to win prestigious post-doctoral awards, including the Roy Foster Irish Government Research Fellowship at Oxford.

Our staff support students in research projects in History and Geography.  In History these include a broad range of subjects in the area of Irish History, as well as Environmental History, the History of Science and Medicine, Modern European History, Gender and Women's History.  In Geography we welcome students working on Irish Urban and Rural Historical Geography, Irish Geomorphology, Irish Water Resources, Earth Observation, GIS, Land Use Change, Peatland Carbon Dynamics and Geopolitics.

Full-time students also have access to workspace and IT facilities.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has launched a new Doctoral Research Hub online to provide a one-stop-shop for PhD students seeking information. Here, PhD students can learn more about doctoral studies in the faculty and explore relevant information on postgraduate research life.

Please note all graduate research applications are processed online via the Student Application Portal. 

Potential applications are advised to first consult DCU’s Postgraduate Research page and the School.


Dr William Murphy
Research Convenor
School of History and Geography
T:  +353 1 7009125
E:  will.j.murphy@dcu.ie