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Nursing & Human Sciences - Research

The School of Nursing and Human Sciences is to the fore in developing the practitioners, partners and policy makers of tomorrow. With health policy and health care topping the agenda at home and abroad, our research community focuses on a big picture of health and well-being – body and mind, lifecycle and lifestyle, choices and decisions, young and old, whole population and vulnerable groups.

Against a backdrop of ageing societies, rising expectations, proliferating technologies and tightening budgets, we are rethinking health and care with an evidence-based, research-led approach. Combining scientific and social scientific inquiry, we are creating a richer, fuller picture of health and well-being. We focus on what makes people unwell and what may help them to be as well as they can. Our research emphasises autonomy, quality of life and quality of care for the individual; and a sustainable, cost effective response from society to all, especially the most vulnerable.

We are developing best practice – and the best people – in Nursing, Health and Society, Psychology and Psychotherapy. The School has a high national and international impact in funding, publications and attracting post-graduates and post-doctoral researchers. You can read about our 10 priority research themes in the Interests and Expertise section.

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.


DCD14 PhD - Nursing & Human Sciences (Full-Time)
DCD15 PhD - Nursing & Human Sciences (Part-Time)
DCD16 Master of Science - Nursing & Human Sciences (Full-Time)
DCD17 Master of Science - Nursing & Human Sciences (Part-Time)
DCD18 PhD-track - Nursing & Human Sciences (Part-Time)
DCD19 PhD-track - Nursing & Human Sciences (Full-Time)

Research areas

Living Well With Illness, Disability and Technology

Our research enables people, whatever their stage in life, with disabilities or illnesses, to achieve optimal physical, psychological and social functioning. We also focus on interventions to enhance health and social outcomes for people by empowering and enabling them to live well:

•How people experience and adjust to illness and disability.

•The role of technology in enabling people to live personally meaningful lives.

•Child and family health communication.


•Cancer survivorship.

•Bereavement and palliative care.

Current research initiatives include:

•Disclosure challenges faced by children living with epilepsy and parent-child dialogue about epilepsy and its associated stigma.

•Access, decision-making and experiences of palliative care services for families of children with non-malignant life-limiting conditions.

•In cancer survivorship, we are developing a self-management intervention to promote living well with and beyond head and neck cancer.

•In amputation and prosthetic research, an exemplar project is the role of cognitive functioning in prosthetic rehabilitation outcomes.

We also research novel ways to fit high-tech to personal, health and social gain. It's all about supporting independent living over the life course and sustainable health and social care.

For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact Professor Pamela Gallagher, Dr Veronica Lambert or Dr Gemma Kiernan.

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