Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Graduate Research Students


FAQs for Prospective Graduate Research Students 

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UCD College of Science offers Structured PhD programmes which enable PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training.  While making a substantial and original contribution to knowledge remains the core objective of doctoral studies students are also encouraged to undertake both transferable skills and subject specific modules to enhance their experience and skills set.  A PhD typically takes 4 year full-time (6-year part-time) to complete. Assessment for the award of a PhD is on the basis of a thesis and viva-voce exam. To be eligible for consideration to enter on a course of study and research for the Degree of PhD, a candidate must have obtained at least 2:1 in a relevant primary degree. 

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All PhD students in UCD are on a structured PhD programme. The diagram below gives an overview of the some of the key aspects of the UCD Structured PhD. All aspects are covered in detail in the UCD Academic Regulations.

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Prospective Research students should discuss funding options with their Supervisor. There are a number of funding agencies, employers and government scholarships (international) that students can apply for. It is the responsibility of the students to research funding and be aware of all deadlines.

Some UCD options are available here:

A list of funding agencies are available here: