English - 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. See http://www.dcu.ie/registry/postgraduate/faq.shtml#q3

•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.

English Language Requirements can be reviewed at https://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml


DCA56 PhD English (Full-Time)
DCA57 PhD English (Part-Time)
DCA58 MA English (Full-Time)
DCA59 MA English (Part-Time)
DCA60 PhD-track English (Full-Time)
DCA61 PhD-track English (Part-Time)
DCA76 MPhil English (Full-Time)
DCA77 MPhil English (Part-Time)


DCU School of English is a dynamic research-focused school with expertise in a variety of literary eras and genres including Poetry, Children's Literature, Irish Studies, American writing, Post-colonial Literature, Romanticism, Nineteenth-century writing, the Novel, Drama, and Creative Writing.

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  • Qualification letters

    PhD / MA / MPhil

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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