Prospective Students

The PhD and Research Masters in UCD College of Engineering & Architecture are grounded in world-class research, as witnessed by the research output of the groups in the College. There are nearly 300 PhD students currently registered, with a large number coming to UCD from outside Ireland or indeed outside the EU.

They undertake a structured programme, taking taught, discipline-specific modules, and also learning generic and transferable skills.  

Typically the PhD takes between 3 & 4 years, and many are funded by outside research agencies.  All are examined by thesis submission followed by a viva voce examination led by an international expert in the research topic. The Research Masters takes from 1 to 2 years, and is sometimes funded by research agencies.

Many students will have the opportunity to travel during their PhD and can expect to publish their research in international peer-reviewed journals.  UCD has recently been shown to have a research impact 1.6 times the international average.  Each PhD student has a doctoral studies panel, which serves to guide the student and is a resource for the student during the course of their PhD.  Many work in large research groups which are closely linked to industrial partners and provide opportunities for PhD students to see and/or participate in innovation-related research.  Research Masters students also have guidance from a research masters panel, comprising 2 or 3 academics or others. 

Taught programmes are available for all of our schools here.

Research Programmes are available in the following Schools:

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