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Chemical Sciences - Research

The School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, is one of Ireland's most progressive and highest achieving Schools with outstanding facilities, housed within a modern and dynamic city campus.

Our goal is to help our students to develop the ability to critically evaluate, and then to solve, chemical and pharmaceutical problems, preparing students for the challenges of the modern industrial or research laboratory.

The School is also one of the most successful Chemistry Schools in Ireland for attracting large scale research funding, with our researchers having significant roles within nationally significant university/industry collaborative initiatives.

Entry requirements

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.


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. Aoife Morrin.

Research Convenor Dr. Aoife Morrin 01-7006730 X125 Rese

Research areas

Research Interests/Groups in the School

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 plays a major role in several of DCU's research centres, including the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR), the National Insititute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB), the DCU Water Institute(WI), the Advanced Processing Technology Research Centre (APT), and the INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics.

Below is a current list of academic members of our School with active research groups. Please clcik on their names to link you to their profile pages that will provide you with a detailed overview of their respective research areas.

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