PhD Research Programmes

About Chemistry in our School
We have an excellent record of placement of our graduates in, for example, the pharmaceutical and materials science industries, in academic positions and in government laboratories and agencies, both in Ireland and abroad.

About our School and our PhD Degree Programme
The School offers several programs of activities designed to enhance personal and professional skills. PhD students are expected to attend lectures by visiting speakers and undertake a program of lectures in advanced topics. The largest of these programs, our PhD in Dublin Chemistry is offered jointly with the Department of Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin. They can be contacted at

Our PhD students are also expected to spend some time assisting in undergraduate laboratories or teaching undergraduates in tutorials. As well as providing some extra income, these duties provide stimulating teaching experience and contact with our BSc students. Many of our students also spend a short period doing research in a university or industrial laboratory abroad.

Our second PhD programme is our PhD in Bionanointeractions

How to Apply to our Graduate Research Programmes in Chemistry

We welcome applications from suitably qualified graduates with a minimum of 2:1H award of BSc (Hons) degrees in Chemistry, or equivalent. 

Familiarise yourself with the wide range of research interests of our academic staff.  Feel free to contact any of the staff members to find out more about their research.  You will find that they share our enthusiasm for our School and for the quality of our research programme and teaching.  Once a match with a member of academic staff has been identified, our School administrative staff can provide more general information about admissions procedures.  

General information about postgraduate studies at UCD can also be found on the UCD Graduate Studies website. 

Below you will find information and a list of links providing information that you will find extremely helpful during your time in UCD.

If you download and complete forms from this webpage, please drop them in to the School Office for processing.  A copy of all forms must be retained by the School Office.

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Graduate Applications are made directly through the Supervisor.  Please see the relevant academic staff members to assess which area of research most closely matches your field of study.  

There are three start dates in the academic year when you can begin your postgraduate studies in the school:

  • September
  • January
  • May

Please see further details for  Graduate Research Programmes.


  • Graduate Research Fees can be paid in either one, two or three installments.
  • If your fees are being paid by your Supervisor, please ask your Supervisor to complete an Internal Transfer Fee Transfer Payment through SISweb.

On-line Scholarship set up details can be found at Research Finance Office page


  • You must read our Laboratory Operations Manual and the Standard Operating Procedures document via the Safety Declaration Form
  • You must complete the Safety Declaration Form and submit it to the School office before you can begin working in the lab
  • These documents can also be found in our Health and Safety section.
  • You should read through the Graduate Registration Guide
  • You need to logon to your SIS web account, each and every year to register, once your fees have been processed
  • When you register each year, this will be known as "start date" for fee purposes (also see Thesis Submission Dates (Fees), below)
  • All graduate modules within the school will be under levels 4 and 5
  • Other UCD modules may or may not be available to you depending on your graduate degree programme
  • You must complete the Module Registration form to register to available modules in your programme and it must be signed by your Supervisor
  • Module Registration Form 2015-16
  • Thesis Submission Date is the last working day in the term for which you are registered.

  • If you have been granted an extension and you are unsure of the date of submission, please contact the School Office.

Assessment (Information for Staff)

  • Grade Processing and Assessment Supports
  • Logistics Supports

Graduate Studies Office

  • Student Support
  • Student Life
  • Transferable Skills
  • Accommodation