Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge - 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

How to Make an Application

To make an application, please use the application portal. Before making an application, please ensure you have all appropriate entry requirements and provide all supporting documentation.

DCU Student Application Portal

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DCU Student Application Portal Guide

Important Note:

Before making a research application, the applicant must consult and seek approval from the School regarding the proposed programme of study. Additional information for research applicants is also available on the DCU Graduate Studies page.

Closing Dates

There are no closing dates for the majority of Postgraduate Research applicants (although this may be subject to change). Deadlines can apply for professional doctorate programmes, e.g. Doctor of Psychotherapy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Elite Performance (Sport).

See the relevant Research section on School pages for more information.

Outcome of an Application

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.


DCA07 PhD Fiontar (Part-Time)
DCA08 PhD Fiontar (Full-Time)
DCA09 PhD-track - Fiontar (Part-Time)
DCA10 PhD-track - Fiontar (Full-Time)
DCA11 MSc - Fiontar (Full-Time)
DCA12 MSc - Fiontar (Part-Time)
DCA34 MPhil Fiontar (Full-Time)
DCA35 MPhil Fiontar (Part-Time)


Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge

Our staff are committed to linking the Irish language with contemporary issues, and to developing and promoting digital technologies which enable anytime, anywhere access to a rich seam of Irish place names, biographies, terminology, folklore, Irish-language terminology for the EU and online language teaching and learning technologies.

Interests and Expertise

Our research interests and expertise are aimed at:

1. Developing and preserving for the future a rich store of visual, audio and written records in Irish.

2. Providing online access, at home and abroad, to online data about core aspects of Irish-language heritage and culture.

3. Making these resources freely accessible online, at home and abroad, to anyone with an interest in Ireland.

4. Connecting and showcasing research through Irish on a variety of subjects such as:

* Business and Management
* Finance
* Entrepreneurship Education/ Social Entrepreneurship
* Information Technology in Language Teaching and Learning
* Organisational Behaviour
* Gaeltacht Development
* Language Policy and Planning
* Aspects of Irish language and literature

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PhD / MSc / MPhil

  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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