Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Dublin City University, is the university’s largest Faculty blending long-established subjects, such as English Literature, History, Geography, International Languages, Law, Music, Politics, Theology and Philosophy with newer disciplines, such as media studies, translation studies and international relations.  We also host Ireland’s largest academic school teaching and researching through the medium of the Irish language – in subjects including business, journalism, social entrepreneurship, technology and literature. 

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The Faculty is known for offering degree programmes based on structured inter-disciplinarity, grounded in societal and economic need, which produce well-rounded graduates with good transferable skills; and which are attractive to students and employers. We offer a supportive, innovative learning environment and our students have real engagement with our research active staff, both in class room contexts and in individual advice sessions. 

DCU is ranked in the top 300 universities in the world for both ‘arts and humanities’ and ‘social sciences’ and five of the Faculty’s individual disciplines are also ranked in the QS top 300 universities in the world – three of those in the top 200 globally.

The Faculty has a strong track record in attracting both Irish and European Union funding under FP7, Horizon 2020, Marie Curie Actions and Erasmus. We offer a dynamic and internationally focused environment in which to advance an academic career.  

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With almost 200 research students, an average of 10 monographs and 125 international peer viewed publications pa and an average externally generated research expenditure of almost €3 million pa, the Faculty has a strong research profile of international standing.

The Faculty remains deeply committed to engagement beyond the academy.  The Faculty plays a major role in the university’s access programme, by far Ireland’s largest, which provides almost 2000 students, with educational opportunities in a research-intensive university, that otherwise would have been denied them.   We believe that a more diverse and representative university community benefits students and staff of all backgrounds.  The Faculty is actively engaged with communities and with local and national government in policy debates, utilising the benefits of our research and expertise to make positive social impacts. The Faculty is highly internationalised in its student and staff communities and in the level of our international research collaborations.

DCU Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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