Chemical Sciences - 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.


DCD07 PhD - Chemical Sciences (Full-Time)
DCD08 PhD - Chemical Sciences (Part-Time)
DCD09 MSc - Chemical Sciences (Part-Time)
DCD10 MSc - Chemical Sciences (Full-Time)
DCD11 PhD-track - Chemical Sciences (Full-Time)
DCD12 PhD-track - Chemical Sciences (Part-Time)

Further enquiries

For informal discussions on post-graduate opportunities in the School, please contact the Research Convenor,
Dr. Andrew Kellett
Department: Chemical Sciences
Role: Academic Staff - Inorganic Chemistry
Phone Number: 01 700 5461
Email Address:
Room: X117
Campus: DCU Glasnevin Campus

Research areas

Chemistry, as a physical science, is traditionally focussed on the study of the composition, properties, and reactivity of matter. Increasing interaction is happening between chemistry and other sciences, most notably the biological sciences, but also other fields such as mathematics, engineering and computing, and material sciences. As chemistry bridges many of the other natural sciences, research in chemistry plays a pivotal role in a sustainable and prosperous future for us all. For instance, our School's research is concerned with a broad range of societal challenges including effective drug design is to combat disease, converting waste products into energy, and designing next-generation sensing technologies for improved decision-making about our health and our environmental management.

Currently we have eighteen academics in our School with research interests spanning the breadth of chemistry, including reasearch in the areas of biological, environmental, inorganic, organic, materails, analytical, and physical chemistry. The School works collaboratively in various ways, both within the School and as well more broadly with other Schools across the University. The School also plays a major role in several of DCU's Research Centres.

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