Research Programmes

A structured programme of education that is research-based and includes activities that support the acquisition of a range of relevant specialist and transversal skills

Our PhD programme has been developed by the Technological University Dublin alliance comprising Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB) and the Institute of Technology Tallaght, Dublin (ITT, Dublin). The early stages of the programme are also applicable to Masters (MPhil) and Diploma (PgDip(Res)) programmes and our research programmes have smart specialisations in:

•Environment, Energy and Health
•Information, Communications and Media Technologies
•New Materials and Devices
•Society, Culture and Enterprise

There are four main elements to the research programme at TU Dublin:

•Element 1 - Original Research
•Element 2 - Research Plans
•Element 3 - Transversal Skills
•Element 4 - Discipline Skills

As a graduate research student you will complete your specialised research project in interdisciplinary research environments and simultaneously develop a range of discipline specific and transversal skills and competencies utilizable by industry and the professions, including:
•Information Retrieval
•Research Integrity
•Research Methods
•Project Management
•Work-Based Learning

Research Institutes

FOCAS Research Institute
Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute (ESHI)

Research Centres

Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre (AHFRC)
Applied Intelligence Research Centre (AIRC)
Arthur Ryan Retail Centre

Business, Society and Sustainability Research Centre (BSSRC)
Centre for Industrial and Engineering Optics (IEO)
Communications Network Research Institute (CNRI)

Centre for Radiation and Environmental Science (RESC)
Centre for Social and Educational Research (CSER)
Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology (CREST)

Dublin Energy Lab (DEL)
Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (Gradcam)
Inorganic Pharma and Biomimetic Research Centre (IPBRC)


The Research Foundation for Music in Ireland (RFMI)

Research Groups & Other Units
Applied Electrochemistry Group (AEG)
Biomedical Devices and Assistive Technology Group
Biomedical & Environmental Sensing

Bio Plasma Research Group
Centre for Eye Research Ireland
Civil Engineering Research Group

Construction Innovation Lab (CIL)
Critical Media Literacy
Development Technology in the Community Research Group (DTC)
Discourse Analysis Group (DAG)
DIT Retail Research Unit (DRRU)
Digital Marketing Research Group (DMRG
Institute for Minority Entrepreneurship (IME)
Material Synthesis & Applications (MSA)
National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL)
Sustainable Design & Research (SDAR)
3S Group - Smart Sustainable Solutions for Business Processes
Spatial Information Research Group (SInRG)
The Centre for Socially Engaged Practice-Based Research (SEPR)
The Food Innovation Lab
Translation of Principal Investigators Knowledge (Topik)
tPOT Research Group

Entry requirements

4.1 Admission Requirements
The entry requirements for the PhD programme are as follows*:
Minimum of a 2.1 honours degree (level 8) in a relevant discipline
Transfer from the research Masters degree (level 9)

The entry requirements for the MPhil programme are as follows:
Minimum of a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 in a relevant discipline
Transfer from the Postgraduate Diploma by Research (PgDip(Res))

The entry requirements for the PgDip(Res) programme are:
Minimum of a pass degree at level 8 in a relevant discipline

The Graduate Research School Office will verify the equivalency of non-Irish qualifications.

An applicant, whose native language is not English, must display an adequate proficiency in English in 4 categories; speaking, listening (comprehension), listening and writing. The recognised English language tests are listed at

The minimum level required for research programmes is International English Language Testing System 6.0 or equivalent for the overall average score and a score not lower than 5.5 in each category. In exceptional circumstances, an applicant with an overall average score of 5.5 may be considered subject to the approval of the proposed supervisor, Head of School and the Head of the Graduate Research School. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) cannot be used for exemption from the English language requirement.

4.2 Arrangements for Supervision
All graduate research students must register in an academic school and are also members of the Graduate Research School.

*Students on the research Masters register can undergo examination for transfer to the higher register. Similarly students on the Postgraduate Diploma by Research (PgDip(Res)) register can undergo examination for transfer to the research Masters register. The procedures for such transfers are also described in student handbook.


The PhD programme is of 4 years duration.


We are looking for exceptional graduates to join our community of researchers and undertake novel and exciting research. As a PhD student you will have access to leading experts, state of the art equipment and facilities and will be encouraged to publish and present your research findings at international fora. You will be part of our Graduate Research School where you will interact with other staff and students to make your time in DIT a truly memorable one.

To see a list of PhD projects examples, please click on one of the links below which will show the projects in each area:
•Arts & Tourism
•Engineering & Built Environment
•Sciences & Health
•Institute of Blanchardstown
•Institute of Technology Tallaght

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    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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