Recognition of Prior learning for Research Degrees

Policy Owner
Graduate Studies Office
Document Type
Document Approval Date

Policy for Research Programmes

The recognition of prior learning (RPL) is inherent to DCU.  RPL supports and facilitates access to DCU by recognising and rewarding prior learning. The DCU RPL policy is designed to be fair and transparent. It is intended to be consistently applied and to support and encourage lifelong learning and thus to contribute to the University's overall mission. The purpose of RPL is specifically to support students with diverse prior learning experiences who, based on this prior learning, are judged to be suitably prepared for postgraduate study and who can greatly benefit from such study. The Dublin City University Recognition of Prior Learning policy can be viewed here.

Students are admitted to research programmes through recognition of prior accredited and experiential learning, or a combination of both. Admission is to the research masters or professional doctorate register in the first instance.