Communications - Research

The School of Communications is currently home to almost 40 postgraduate research students at different stages of their studies at both MA/MPhil and PhD levels.

We offer a structured research programme with access to appropriate taught modules alongside supervision of a major piece of independent scholarly research.

Our staff support students in research projects in all aspects of the place of media, communications and journalism in society. Students also have access to workspace and IT facilities.

Please note all graduate research applications are processed online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC).

Potential applicants are advised to first consult DCU's Postgraduate Research page.

A limited number of research scholarships are offered annually by the School - information is generally posted in the first half of the year on the School's Twitter account.

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

PhD: In order to gain direct access to the PhD register, candidates must hold a Master's by Research degree.

PhD-track: Candidates with a taught masters degree or an honours primary degree grade I or II.1 may gain direct access to the PhD-track. Students registered on the PhD-track will normally progress to the PhD register in Year 2 of their studies following successful completion of an oral examination and submission of a PGR3 PhD-track/PhD Confirmation Procedure report.

Master's by Research: To gain access to the Master's by Research register at DCU, candidates must normally hold an honours II.2 primary degree.


DCA13 PhD - Communications (Part-Time)
DCA14 PhD - Communications (Full-Time)
DCA15 MA - Communications (Part-Time)
DCA16 MA - Communications (Full-Time)
DCA17 PhD-track - Communications (Part-Time)
DCA18 PhD-track - Communications (Full-Time)
DCA30 MPhil Communications (Full-Time)
DCA31 MPhil Communications (Part-Time)

Further enquiries

Dr. Jim Rogers
Chair of PhD Studies - School of Communications
Ph: +353 17005672

School of Communications, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

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