Dublin City University's strategic plan - TALENT, DISCOVERY, AND TRANSFORMATION - acknowledges a core element of DCU’s Vision is to be a globally-significant university that is renowned for its discovery and translation of knowledge to advance society. Taking this as a key enabler of its strategic vision, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences strives to foster a strong research culture that empowers staff and students to reach their full potential. The University's research culture recognises that, 'in general, the greatest impact is achieved from a critical mass of multidisciplinary researchers tackling an important research question', and this translates into practice in the Faculty's commitment to the pursuit of inter-, trans-, and multii-disciplinary research praxis. As a result, DCU's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is recognised internationally as a research-intensive and globally-engaged faculty distinguished both by the quality and impact of its graduates and its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit.
Our staff publish in leading international and national academic journals, with leading book publishers, and in diverse creative fora. We utilise this 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 are involved in leading externally funded research projects for the EU, the Irish Government, the Irish Research Council, NGOs and the charity sector. Finally and crucially our students have access to leading experts in their chosen fields of study, strengthening the teaching and learning experience at DCU.
Prof. Sharon O'Brien
Associate Dean for Research
Phone: +353 1 700 5381
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 seven Schools.
- School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
- School of Communications
- School of English
- Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge
- School of History and Geography
- School of Law and Government
- School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
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, 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. Ryoko Sasamoto, School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
- Dr. Dawn Wheatley, School of Communications
- Dr. Jim Shanahan, School of English
- Dr. Pádraig Ó Liatháin, Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge
- Dr. Will Murphy, School of History and Geography
- Dr. Yvonne Daly, School of Law and Government
- Dr. Patricia Flynn, School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
Full information concerning the application process for applicants wishing to pursue studies in postgraduate is available at: