Research Masters and PhD programmes

Our flagship research degree is our structured PhD programme. The structured PhD focuses on the completion of taught modules in conjunction with a research thesis. This has proven to be highly successful and enables our PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. Making a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, normally leading to peer-reviewed publications remains the core objective of doctoral studies in the School.

The School also offers a series of Master’s degrees by research in the major disciplinary area of Geography. The normal duration for completion of a Master’s degree is 1-2 years. If you would like to apply - you can do so by clicking on the apply now button.Apply Now

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The structured PhD includes several measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives. One of these measures is the requirement of each PhD student to have a Doctoral Studies Panel. The purpose of the Doctoral Studies Panel is to support and enhance the supervisor-student relationship, to monitor your progress during the course of your doctoral studies and to provide advice and support both to you and your supervisor(s). The panel consists not only of your supervisor(s) but also additional advisor(s). A further measure of support is the requirement in the structured programme to complete at least 30 credits of graduate taught modules at the early stages of your study. Thus, each student gains important experience not only in research but also in broader academic field of study.

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 or you can apply online here

The School of Geography is currently offering two PhD scholarships (EU fee rate waiver for up  to  four years).  In  order  to  apply for the scholarships, students must submit a PhD application via the online  submission system. Details of that process can be found here. Please state clearly in your  application that  you  are applying for the Geography PhD Scholarships, and in addition to all  required  documentation also  include a detailed research statement (ca. 4,000 words) and  indicate a  potential supervisor. 

More information available here and for terms and conditions, click the link to the right, PhD Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2017/2018.

Full PhD Scholarship now available for Sept 2017 entry - fees and stipend of €15,000
Deadline for scholarship application is 31 May 2017, 5:00 PM GMT.

The School of Geography offers two Research Masters programmes. These degrees are suitable for students who want to carry out research either with the view to progressing towards a PhD degree in the future or simply gaining the skill set that accompanies investigative research. The two degrees on offer are:

  • MLitt (Human Geography)
  • MSc (Physical Geography)

The Research Masters Programme includes several measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives. One of these measures is the requirement of each student to have a Research Masters Panel. The purpose of the Research Masters Panel is to support and enhance the supervisor-student relationship, to monitor your progress during the course of your doctoral studies and to provide advice and support both to you and your supervisor(s). A further measure of support is the possibility to complete taught modulesat the early stages of your study.

The School offers a small number of teaching assistantships as funding becomes available. However, other possible sources of funding  are detailed below:

Irish Research Council can be found by clicking here

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) can be found by clicking here

College of Social Sciences and Law Graduate Research and Innovation Fund can be found by clicking here.