About Us

About UCD Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies is a developmental unit responsible for the growth and continuous improvement of graduate study in UCD. The unit is dedicated to excellence in graduate research, providing an overall doctoral framework and development programme for research students, and supporting Schools to provide a holistic educational experience. Graduate Studies also provides support and guidance for research supervisors and plays an important role in governance via the Graduate Research Board.

Maidir le Staidéir Iarchéime UCD

Is aonad forbartha é Staidéir Iarchéime a bhfuil fás agus feabhsú leanúnach an léinn iarchéime in UCD faoina choimirce. Tá an t-aonad tiomanta don fheabhas i réimse an taighde iarchéime agus soláthraíonn sé creat dochtúireachta agus clár forbartha ginearálta do mhic léinn taighde agus tacaíonn sé leis na Scoileanna eispéireas iomlánaíoch oideachais a chur ar fáil. Soláthraítear tacaíocht agus treoir do na Stiúrthóirí le Staidéir Iarchéime chomh maith agus tá ról tábhachtach rialachais aige tríd an mBord Taighde Iarchéime.

Our vision

  • To provide an educational experience for graduate students that defines international practice
  • To graduate excellent independent researchers who are aware of their unique attributes and value
  • To ensure our graduates make a significant impact in their chosen career and make a valuable contribution to society by addressing global challenges
  • To make sure our research supervisor community is vibrant, supported, recognised and rewarded with access to career-long professional development

Our mission

  • To recruit the best candidates into an accountable, research-enriched, student-focused learning environment
  • To support the student’s academic advancement through the delivery of excellent teaching and committed, quality supervision from academic staff who are leaders in their research field
  • To foster students' personal and professional development
  • To provide effective oversight of university graduate education quality processes and procedures
  • To be responsive to the needs of the students

2021–2025 Graduate Studies Strategy and Action Plan

The 2021–2025 Graduate Studies Strategy and Action Plan has, at its core, our mission to bring students into an accountable, research-enriched, student-focused learning environment; support students' academic advancement; foster students' personal and professional development; and provide effective oversight of university graduate education quality processes and procedures.

2021–2025 Graduate Studies Strategy and Action Plan 


Meet the team

The unit is headed by Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Barbara Dooley, and encompasses the Graduate Education Development group and the Graduate Research Board support team.

Meet the team


Graduate Research Board

The Graduate Research Board has the remit of all graduate research students at UCD, enabling consolidated and consistent graduate research governance, as well as increasing the capacity for effective oversight of graduate research education. The Board is chaired by Professor Barbara Dooley and Board support is provided by the Graduate Studies team.

Graduate Research Board


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