Arts Education & Movement - Research

Entry requirements

To register for a Postgraduate Research programme, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to Lower Second Class Honours or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic.

PhD: Candidates holding an appropriate Master's degree obtained by research may apply for direct entry to the PhD register to conduct research in a cognate area.

PhD-track: Candidates with a taught Master's degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, and candidates with a primary degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, grade one, may apply and be considered for entry to the PhD-track register with a view to proceeding towards a PhD. Such candidates will undergo a confirmation procedure, as outlined in the Academic Regulations, before being admitted to the PhD register.

Master's by Research: Candidates holding a primary degree equivalent to a second-class honours, grade two, may apply for entry on the research Master's register. Students on the Master's register may apply for transfer to the PhD Register under the same conditions, and using the same procedure, as PhD-track candidates requesting confirmation on the PhD register.

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Applicants are assessed and ranked based on their performance at university, and the details provided on their application. Candidates may be called for interview and/or assessed on the basis of written work/proposed area of research.

Application dates

All postgraduate research applications to DCU are processed through the University's Student Application Portal. Before applying, we recommend that you read the information which can be accessed at the 'Application Weblink' below.

General information on making an application is available from the Registry website at

Candidates who submit a valid application for DCU will be notified of the outcome of their application by email. As such, it is important to ensure that your address for correspondence is accurate and current. Please allow 4 - 6 weeks for your application to be processed.


DCE10 PhD Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE11 PhD Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
DCE12 MA Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE13 MA Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
DCE14 PhD-track Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE15 PhD-track Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
DCE55 MSc Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE56 MSc Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
DCE57 MEd Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE58 MEd Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)


School of Arts Education & Movement

Research Area

Creativity Kevin
Digital Learning
Drama Education
Drama in special education contexts
Embodied Teaching & Learning
Fundamental movement skills (FMS)
Health & Well-being
Initial Teacher Education
Learning Communities
Mentoring student teachers
Music Education
Pedagogy and Curriculum
Physical Education
Primary teacher as Artist
Reflective Practice
School Placement
Somatic Movement
Teacher Education/Professional Development
Teacher identity
Virtual Orality
Visual Arts Education

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PhD / MA / MSc /MEd

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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    Course provider