Awarding of Research Degree

Receiving your Research degree

When do I get my PhD/Master's by Research?

The final step in the process involves the UCD Academic Council Committee on Examinations (ACCE) reviewing the recommendation of the examiners and authorising the award of the degree or otherwise. The ACCE meets once a month throughout the academic year. Once your hardcopy and e-thesis are submitted then the relevant examination documents are submitted for consideration at the next scheduled ACCE meeting. The ACCE decides on the basis of the Examination Committee report to authorise or not to authorise the award of the degree. If you have been successful you will receive, within 10 working days, an official Degree Outcome Letter from the UCD Registrar and Deputy President confirming that your PhD degree has been awarded and with the link to download your official Academic Transcript as a PDF document.

Please see the Theses in Graduate Research Programmes Academic Policy for futher information


All degrees are conferred at the next available conferring ceremony, following the approval of the degree award by the ACCE. It is not possible to defer a graduation; successful candidates who are unable to attend on the appointed day will have their degrees conferred in absentia and their testimoniums will be posted to them after the conferring ceremony. Please see Conferring Schedule for dates. 


Well done on completing your research degree at UCD and celebrate your achievement!