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.
Before applying for any of our PhD or Research Master Programmes, you are strongly recommended to prepare a research project to upload (4 or 5 pages written in academic style to detail your research proposal) and to contact a possible supervisor in the School of Geography to discuss your project and its possible funding. The name of your potential supervisor should be mentioned in your project.
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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.
Further details can be found by clicking here
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.
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.
PhD and Research Masters (MLitt) for 2020/21:
EU: fee per year - €6,170 (full-time)
EU: fee per year - €4,080 (part-time)
non-EU: fee per year - €11,885 (full-time)
Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.
Please note that the School of Geography is under the College of Social Sciences and Law.
UCD is committed to providing an excellent education and student experience. The University supports improvement in educational quality and academic decision-making. However, the University recognises that from time to time situations arise when a student considers that they might have grounds for appeal against a decision related to assessment of their academic work. UCD's Assessment Appeals Policy outlines the principles and process for such an appeal.The University is committed to resolving appeals as quickly as possible with emphasis on local resolution.
The Appeals UCD website can be found by clicking here
Teaching in Irish Universities is through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language.
UCD's minimum English Language Requirements are approved by the University Programmes Board and apply to all applicants and all levels of study.
For further information, please click on: English Language Requirements