Dublin City University

Postgraduate study

Some people undertake postgraduate studies to obtain that professional accreditation. Others do so because they are passionate about an issue and postgraduate research provides the structured, supportive environment in which to follow that passion. Whatever programme you choose, our dedicated academic staff will inspire you to discover new ways of thinking about your subject. Our academics and research teams are innovators making a global impact and addressing the major challenges facing the world today, and you will be part of that journey here at DCU.

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We understand that there’s a lot to think about if you’re considering further study, so our website brings together the key information about all of our postgraduate masters programmes. Our comprehensive postgraduate portfolio offers a wide range of options to choose from across five faculties. Full details of our taught postgraduate programmes can be found at: Taught Postgraduate Programmes or by emailing us on

Approximately 20% of DCU students are registered as postgraduate students and, in the last ten years, our PhD student numbers have increased by 88%. DCU is a diverse, multi-ethnic community and hosts over 3,000 international students from 110 countries. Please visit the webpages below to help you learn why DCU is regarded as one of the world’s leading young universities currently ranked in the top 1.5% of universities globally:

DCU Connected – Online Education

Online learning with DCU Connected gives you remote access to all the resources of an established university: an innovative curriculum, renowned teachers and lively exchange with your fellow learners. With DCU Connected, learning happens any time, any place. Distance learning has never felt so close. Find out more here.

DCU International Office:

Whether you are from Ireland, the EU or further afield, here at DCU you’ll be living and working with people from all over the world. In 2018, almost 900 of our taught and research postgraduate students are international and are from 79 different countries.

We also have a large number of academics from international backgrounds, so your learning and teaching experience will place you in a truly international and stimulating environment.

Find out more here.


Our students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities and our research facilities are among the best in Ireland with DCU being home to leading research centres in areas such as educational assessment and evaluation, bullying prevention and human rights, cellular biotechnology, neurotherapeutics, sensors, plasma technology, biomedical diagnostics, machine translation, cloud computing and data analysis.

DCU can also proudly boast of its superb sports complex, with a 25-metre swimming pool, its state of the art libraries and The Helix, DCU’s renowned performing arts centre. 2018 will see the opening of our brand new DCU Student Centre. Throughout your programme, our careers service will be on-hand to guide you through postgraduate career opportunities. We provide the very best facilities and support to ensure that you are prepared for the future you have in mind. Whatever your reason to go further, go further with DCU!


Postgraduate students can continue their Higher Education Grant or apply for one if they satisfy the means test and have not completed another postgraduate course. For more information on maintenance grants, please go to

Faculties also run individual scholarships for certain postgraduate programmes, for further information visit: Faculties Scholarship opportunites.

Research Councils are a major source of financial support for EU students wishing to register for postgraduate research degrees – however, funding for certain taught programmes is occasionally available. For more information, visit

Sponsorship from your employer

If you are working and want to study part-time, some employers may help you with your course fees, or by offering flexible working.

Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

  • DCU International Merit Scholarships

DCU are offering a number of Merit Scholarships to International Students from NON EU countries. The Scholarship Programme is funded by DCU International Office and aims to attract high achieving global applicants normally liable for Full NON EU fees. Full Degree Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Programme / High achieving applicants will automatically be considered for Scholarships worth up to €2000 on application. 

  • DCU Non-EU Study Abroad / Exchange Returning Masters Scholarships

Any returning Study Abroad or Exchange student applying to DCU One Year Taught Masters Programmes as a NON EU student are automatically eligible for a €2,000 tuition fee scholarship off the NON EU Fee only (self-funding students only).

  • DCU Continuing Student – Masters Programme

Students studying at DCU at Full Undergraduate Bachelor Programmes wishing to progress onto One Year Taught Masters Programmes upon graduation may be eligible for EU fees for their One Year Masters Programmes.  Contact for further details or see: DCU International Scholarships for more information.


DCU is a dynamic university - conducting intensive research activity in a number of areas where society faces global challenges, and focusing on translating its results into outputs for societal and economic benefits. The DCU research environment is highly collaborative, not only among its five faculties, but nationally and internationally. With more than 50% of all publications co-authored with international partners, and a high level of participation in European research consortia, DCU represents a destination of choice for many international post-doctoral researchers. Much of the research activity is concentrated in a number of research centres, where different expertise converges to generate multidisciplinary approaches to key challenges.

For more information, see Graduate Studies Office: here or email

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