Communications - Research

Entry requirements

To register for a postgraduate research degree, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to 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.

I.PhD applicants should hold a masters degree by research from a recognised university.

II.Applicants who do not hold a postgraduate research qualification e.g. Masters by Research (or equivalent) are only eligible to register on the 'PhD-track register' which is stage 1 of the PhD programme. On successful completion of the transfer process (report and interview within 21 months of their start date) a student on the 'PhD-track register' will be transferred to the 'PhD register' with effect from their original start date in the university. Students who do not successfully complete the transfer may be eligible to graduate with a Masters at this stage.

III.For those interested in applying for a Masters degree by research, an honours primary degree is necessary (preferably at least 2:1) in the discipline in which they intend to undertake the research.

It may also be possible to move from the Masters register to the PhD register on successful completion of a transfer process, as outlined above, if the student made sufficient progress.


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

Research areas

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.

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