Graduate Research Programmes at UCD School of Chemistry

 

The entry requirements for postgraduate research programmes at UCD School of Chemistry are: 

  • Minimum of 2:1H result in BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry, or equivalent;
  • Where English is not the native language, results from a UCD recognised English language proficiency test should be provided and these must meet the UCD minimum requirement specified at http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/elr.html. Results must have been issued within two years prior to the proposed start of studies.

 

The UCD Graduate Studies website also provides a wealth of information for prospective and current postgraduate research students (PhD and MSc by research).

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Information about postgraduate research programmes is online at https://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/researchstudenthub/researchprogrammes

Instructions on how to apply are at https://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/studywithus/applicationprocess/ 

School of Chemistry academic staff are listed at https://www.ucd.ie/chem/about/ourstaff/academicstaff/ 

Funded PhD Scholarship opportunities in the School of Chemistry are placed online at https://www.ucd.ie/chem/vacancies/ 

 

Research Integrity Training is a compulsory element of all UCD Research Postgraduate Degree programmes. See https://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/researchstudenthub/trainingdevelopment/researchintegritytraining/

In MSc by Research programmes, students are not required to complete any taught modules and associated credits in order to complete their degree. However, if a MSc by Research student is considering subsequent transfer to a PhD programme via Transfer Assessment, the student must take certain modules (12.5 taught credits including the mandatory PhD Stage 1 modules described below) with the approval of their supervisor and Research Studies Panel.

In PhD programmes, there are two stages: Stage 1 is the initial period of a PhD when the student defines a research plan, develops their research skills and initiates original research work while undertaking and completing taught modules. In order to progress from Stage 1 to Stage 2, the student must undergo a Transfer Assessment to establish that sufficient research progress has been made and that the student exhibits the competence and capacity to complete the proposed research in the time permitted.  Stage 2 is dedicated to continuing the original research and also includes additional advanced education and training. The taught requirements for School of Chemistry PhD progression and completion are:

In Stage 1, successful completion of the following 7.5 taught credits in transferable skills:

  • CHEM40340 – Graduate Teaching Assistant (5 credits)
  • CHEM40160 – Chemistry Seminar Programme I (2.5 credits).

To be eligible for progression/transfer from Stage 1 to Stage 2 – successful completion of a minimum of 12.5 taught credits.

In Stage 2, successful completion of the following 2.5 taught credits in transferable skills:

  • CHEM50030 – Chemistry 3rd Year PhD Presentation (2.5 credits).

In Stages 1-2, successful completion of a minimum of 10 credits in formally taught technical modules that specifically relate to the PhD subject area:

  • Modules to be agreed with supervisor with the advice of the RSP
  • Modules may come from UCD, TCD or other institution, e.g., DCU, DIT, NUIG, etc.

In Stages 1-2, successful completion of an additional 10 credits in technical or transferable skills modules that specifically relate to the PhD subject area:

  • Modules to be agreed with supervisor with the advice of the RSP 
  • Modules may come from UCD, TCD or other institution, e.g., DCU, DIT, NUIG, etc.

To be eligible for PhD thesis submission successful completion of a minimum of 30 taught credits, as described above and completion of research integrity training.

A list of modules and instructions on how to register to is available from the UCD Graduate Studies website at

https://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/researchstudenthub/trainingdevelopment/taughtmodulesforresearchstudents

 You can check your module registration at any stage via SISWeb > UView-Your Student Record > and scrolling down to Current Module Registration.

Useful information to prospective and current postgraduate research students is at https://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/ 

 

A UCD handbook for postgraduate research students https://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/researchstudenthub/