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National Institute for Digital Learning


We have considerable supervision expertise amongst the team of staff working in the general area of digital, blended and online learning across Dublin City University (DCU) and invite prospective masters and doctoral candidates to discuss their research topics with us. Indeed, we strongly encourage prospective postgraduate students to contact us before they do too much work on their research proposal. Our staff may be able to direct you to relevant literature and help shape the proposal so that it aligns more directly with our areas of expertise (see below) and the types of problems and questions we think are worthy of further investigation. It may be useful to take a look at the list of publications that some of our staff has produced in the recent years to get an idea of potential research topcis. We particularly welcome approaches from international students. In trying to identify potential supervisor(s) for the topic you have in mind, then we suggest you take a look at the biographies of the following academic staff. 

Although we welcome prospective postgraduate students to develop their own research proposals in topics of particular interest, we are endeavouring, wherever possible, to anchor our core areas of interest, irrespective of level or discipline, around DCU's Research and Innovation Framework. More specifically, those staff directly working in the NIDL aim to focus on the following broad research strands:

  • Life-long Learning
  • Opening Up Education
  • Student Transitions and Success
  • Curriculum Innovation and Teaching Enhancement
  • Learning Futures

More information about embarking on postgraduate study is available from the Graduate Studies Office. You should also explore the relevant section on postgraduate study on the Institute of Education website. 

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