Health & Human Performance - 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.


DCD26 PhD - Health & Human Performance (Part-Time)
DCD27 PhD - Health & Human Performance (Full-Time)
DCD28 MSc - Health & Human Performance (Full-Time)
DCD29 MSc - Health & Human Performance (Part-Time)
DCD30 PhD-track - Health and Human Performance (Full-Time)
DCD31 PhD-track - Health and Human Performance (Part-Time)

Research areas

Research at the School of Health and Human Performance provides an environment devoted to learning, developing, understanding and advancing in the areas of sport and health science. Our focus is on using the knowledge gained from our learnings to challenge the series of health issues which impact modern society in conjunction with evolving our knowledge associated with the factors critical to sporting performance.

With the academic proficiency and expertise existing within our school, underpinned by our strong multicultural partnerships, international research, and societal engagement, our research:

•Influences public policy

•Contributes to successful sporting performance and maintenance

•Promotes the importance of healthy lifestyle management and adaptation

•Increases awareness over communicable disease prevention and control

•Creates leaders for future generations

Our school boasts specialists in a wide range of areas such as exercise physiology, sport psychology, cardiology, cellular biology, biomechanics, physical activity and public health, motor control, coaching, physiotherapy and athletic rehabilitation. With such a strong academic set-up in an innovative source of ground-breaking thinking which is DCU we are strongly supported by partners such as:

•Enterprise Ireland

•European Union (e.g. FP7)

•Science Foundation of Ireland (e.g. Clarity)


•Irish Research Council

Each of our research clusters and centers is the spearhead in its own domain. As visionaries in progression, governance, policy development and application, from a sporting and physical activity field, our school cultivates the leaders of the future and the present.

Research Interests & Expertise

Our School has a vast range of categories all of which fall under the umbrella of health and sport science. In addition with this our strategy is to align our research interests into a number of centers and clusters all of which contain specialists in their specific areas.

•Physical Education with Biology & Mathematics

•Athletic Therapy and Training

•Sport Science and Health

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