Future Students

Suitably qualified prospective graduate research students are strongly encouraged to apply within the School; details of the application process can be found here. It is advisable to find a member of the academic staff to act as research supervisor - so first check their research profile and publications to see if their interests match yours.

You should then write an outline of your proposed area of interest or research project before contacting them. It is important that you can give an overview of your proposed project and are able to relate your research interest to their expertise. You should only apply if a member of academic staff is supporting your application. If none have undertaken, or are interested in, research related to your area of interest, then your proposal is unlikely to be accepted.

Potential PhD candidates are advised to ensure their proposals:

  • Clearly outline the research question.
  • Display evidence of familiarity with relevant literature, including knowledge of relevant journals.
  • Position the research question within the relevant literature.
  • Indicate its contribution to the body of knowledge.
  • Suggest a potentially suitable methodology.

Applicants who have the support of a proposed supervisor may be invited to interview. If successful, you will be required to apply formally to DCU via the Postgraduate Applications Centre. Please note that applications submitted to the PAC before faculty approval has been indicated, will not be considered.

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