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UCD Research and Professional Development Plan (RPDP)

  • What is the RPDP
  • RPDP Versions
      • RPDP for all PhD students from September 2008 Onwards
      • RPDP for all PhD students from September 2007
      • RPDP for 2006 Ad Astra Research Scholars

What is your RPDP

Your Research and Professional Development Plan (RPDP) is an integral part of the Structured PhD programme at UCD. It has been specifically designed for you to help in the planning, monitoring and completion of your PhD. The RPDP is a set of tools to aid in the preparation and progress of your research and professional skills. It is owned by you, but is intended to be beneficial to both you and your supervisor

Your RPDP will play a major part in directing the course of your PhD research and in your training and development as a researcher. It will aid you in planning your research, will be a useful resource when it comes to writing up, and will also help you develop key skills which will be invaluable to both your current research and your future career prospects. Finally, it will be an important document in your Transfer Assessment at the end of your first year at UCD.

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RPDP Versions

At present there are 3 versions of the RPDP available:

  • RPDP for all PhD students from September 2008 Onwards
    This version of the RPDP is for all PhD students starting at UCD from September 2008 onwards.  For more infomation about this version of the RPDP, please click here.
  • RPDP for all PhD students from September 2007
    This version of the RPDP is for PhD students who started a PhD at UCD from September 2007.  For more information about this version of the RPDP, please click here.
  • RPDP for 2006 Ad Astra Research Scholars
    This version of the RPDP is only for Ad Astra Research Scholars who started a PhD at UCD in 2006. If you are in this group, you should continue using you RPDP folder, the Student Logbook, and the online templates. For more information about this version of the RPDP, please click here .

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RPDP Menu
  • RPDP Introduction
  • RPDP 2008 Information
  • RPDP 2007 Information
  • RPDP 2006 Information