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Postgraduate Research Admissions Process

Step 1: Find a potential supervisor
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.

  • PhD: Candidates holding an appropriate Master's degree obtained by research may apply for direct entry to the PhD register to conduct research in a cognate area.
  • PhD-track: Candidates with a taught Master's degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, and candidates with a primary degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, grade one, may apply and be considered for entry to the PhD-track register with a view to proceeding towards a PhD. Such candidates will undergo a confirmation procedure, as outlined in the Academic Regulations, before being admitted to the PhD register.
  • Master's by Research: Candidates holding a primary degree equivalent to a second-class honours, grade two, may apply for entry on the research Master's register. Students on the Master's register may apply for transfer to the PhD Register under the same conditions, and using the same procedure, as PhD-track candidates requesting confirmation on the PhD register.
  • English Language Requirements can be reviewed here.
  • Complete the first draft of the Research Proposal using the template, and send along with your Curriculum Vitae, and English Language competency scores (if non-native English language speaker) to potential supervisor/s and DRS.
 
 Step 2: Discuss postgraduate research application process, and proposed research study, with potential supervisor/s
  • Initial discussion with potential supervisor/s on academic requirements, English Language requirements (for non-native English speakers), duration of proposed research study programme, progression criteria, etc.
  • Discuss the draft research proposal with potential supervisor/s, paying particular attention to advice or guidance on how the proposal can be improved.
  • Discuss how the proposed research study could be funded (self-funding; funding from external agency; scholarships; etc.)
  • Refine the draft research proposal based on guidance from supervisor/s. You will need to have approval from the supervisor/s to submit the refined [FINAL version] Postgraduate Research proposal to the Faculty Research Admissions Panel.
 
 Step 3: Research Proposal reviewed by Faculty Research Admissions Panel (FRAP)
  • Submit FINAL version of the Postgraduate Research proposal to the Faculty Research Admissions Panel, by email to the Chair of Postgraduate Studies by Research. [Note: The research proposal must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of FRAP schedule of meetings]
  • Revise proposal and re-submit to FRAP, if directed to do so.
  • If your proposal receives the support of the Faculty Research Admissions Panel, you will be invited to proceed to make a formal application via the online Postgraduate Application Centre.
 
 Step 4: Submit formal application through Postgraduate Application System (PAC)
  • Complete the PAC application online at: http://www.pac.ie/ (ensuring that you have uploaded copies of official transcripts of academic results, references, evidence of English Language competency, where relevant, etc.) NOTE: FRAP approval required before proceeding to make a formal application through PAC.
  • Please ensure that you select the appropriate PAC CODE for your chosen postgraduate research studies programme. If unsure, check with your supervisor/s or the Chair of Postgraduate Studies by Research, Dr Zita Lysaght - zita.lysaght@dcu.ie.
  • Successful applicants will receive an offer through PAC and invitation to register from the Registry at Dublin City University.
PAC Codes
PAC CodeTitle of Research Programme
DCE10PhD Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE11PhD Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
DCE12MA Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE13MA Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
DCE14PhD-track Arts Education & Movement (Full-Time)
DCE15PhD-track Arts Education & Movement (Part-Time)
  
DCE16PhD School of Inclusive Education (Full-Time)
DCE17PhD School of Inclusive Education (Part-Time)
DCE18MA School of Inclusive Education (Full-Time)
DCE19MA School of Inclusive Education (Part-Time)
DCE20PhD-track School of Inclusive Education (Full-Time)
DCE21PhD-track School of Inclusive Education (Part-Time)
  
DCE22PhD Human Development (Full-Time)
DCE23PhD Human Development (Part-Time)
DCE24MA Human Development (Full-Time)
DCE25MA Human Development (Part-Time)
DCE26PhD-track Human Development (Full-Time)
DCE27PhD-track Human Development (Part-Time)
  
DCE28PhD Lang, Lit & Early Childhood Ed (Full-Time)
DCE29PhD Lang, Lit & Early Childhood Ed (Part-Time)
DCE30MA Lang, Lit & Early Childhood Ed (Full-Time)
DCE31MA Lang, Lit & Early Childhood Ed (Part-Time)
DCE32PhD-track Lang, Lit & Early Childhood Ed (Full-Time)
DCE33PhD-track Lang, Lit & Early Childhood Ed (Part-Time)
  
DCE34PhD Policy & Professional Practice (Full-Time)
DCE35PhD Policy & Professional Practice (Part-Time)
DCE36MA Policy & Professional Practice (Full-Time)
DCE37MA Policy & Professional Practice (Part-Time)
DCE38PhD-track Policy & Professional Practice (Full-Time)
DCE39PhD-track Policy & Professional Practice (Part-Time)
  
DCE40PhD STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies (Full-Time)
DCE41PhD STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies (Part-Time)
DCE42MA- STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies (Full-Time)
DCE43MA STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies (Part-Time)
DCE44PhD-track STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies (Full-Time)
DCE45PhD-track STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies (Part-Time)

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