Taught Modules for Research Students

Taught Modules

Taught Modules

All graduate research students (Research Masters, PhD, MD and students on a Professional Doctoral programme) have the opportunity to take taught modules relevant to their area of research or for their professional development in the course of their programme. Each research programme differs in taught module requirements e.g. all UCD PhD students must take 30 credits of taught modules over the duration of their programme.  These taught modules are intended to facilitate research and provide the student with important transferable skills, enhancing their career development. For information on specific research programme requirements please refer to the UCD academic regulations or Key Points webpage 

  • Your School or Programme may recommend or require certain modules: please check with your Supervisor.
  • Unless your School or Programme stipulates specific modules, you may choose from the full range of modules available throughout the University in consultation and agreement with your Principal Supervisor and your Research Studies Panel (RSP).

Registration Procedure 2020-21

Update: in a system upgrade for the academic year 2020-21, graduate research students will register for their taught modules online either via SISWeb (piloted with certain students in the Colleges of Science and Engineering and Architecture) or via an on-line request form

Graduate research students will register for modules using online systems in a registration upgrade for the academic year 2020-21. There will be no requirement to complete a hard copy Module Registration Form, which had been the practice to date. 

There are two methods of registration:

Method A

Pilot in the College of Science & College of Engineering and Architecture, September-start graduate research students 

Method A: College of Science and the College of Engineering and Architecture September-start graduate research students can register directly to a curated selection of modules delivered by their School via SISWeb (note: you can check your start date on your SISWEb account).

To register:

  1. Open SISWeb
  2. Click ‘Enter Module registration’
  3. Choose the modules you wish to register to

Direct online registration opens from 14th September 2020.
Note: If the module you wish to register to is not on the School listing then you can apply to register for that module via Method B.

Method B

Colleges where graduate research students are not part of the pilot and students in the College of Science and the College of Engineering and Architecture, who are January-start or May-start

Method B: For Colleges where graduate research students are not part of the pilot and for those in the College of Science and the College of Engineering and Architecture, who are January-start or May-start, module registration will be via an online Registration Form submitted to UCD Registry.

To register:

  1. Please review the list of School-curated modules below
  2. Select your modules via the Graduate Research Module Registration Form


  • While students do not need a signature/authorisation from their Principal Supervisor to register to modules, it is imperative that your module selection will have been agreed with your supervisor prior to registration. You will be required to sign-off on a declaration that states that you have discussed your choice of module with your Principal Supervisor
  • If you wish to register to a module delivered outside your school, please make sure you have spoken to the relevant module coordinator prior to registration, to ensure there is capacity on the course
  • Students must ensure that they have read the prior learning requirements for a module(s) before making a request for registration
  • Please note that, although you may be successfully registered to a module,  high demand for a particular module may see a School re-assign you to a different time slot/withdraw from the module (you will be notified if this happens)
  • Modules will be delivered either face-to-face, online or blended (face to-face and online). Check each module descriptor for the mode of delivery.
  • Please see the FAQ below for answers to common questions

Other Policies:

Credit for External Learning

Graduate Research students may, with the approval of their supervisor, register to modules outside of UCD for credit. This credit can contribute towards the 30 credit component. This recommendation can be submitted, to the Graduate Board, using the relevant template within the InfoHub Tasks menu.

External credits will be reflected on a transcript with the College specific module code (EXTLXX101) and the description ‘External Credit’. Please discuss with your supervisor if you wish to explore taking modules outside of UCD. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students can submit an online InfoHub form to submit their application to the School. The final recommendation is assessed by the Governing Board.  Further information on UCD's RPL policy can be found here.


If you requested registration close to your first lecture in your module, and have not received an email confirmation of your registration, then the quickest way to confirm you are registered to a module is to look at your UView account under 'Current Module Registrations' .  You can access UView by logging into SISWEB, Reg, Fees & Assessment (top row nav button), and then selecting UView.    Please note the UView will provide a more up to date picture of your registration then Brightspace (in this instance).  

Students are advised that they must discuss their choice of module with their supervisor before selecting the module online and/or completing the Google form. Please review the Registration Procedure 2020-21 above. 


Students will be directed to the groups of modules as approved by their School.  When the student seeks a module outside of this list, and possibly outside of their School, they will be advised to ensure that they have spoken to the module coordinator as well.   Module Coordinators/Schools may wish to review the registration to the module(s) in case there are any students from outside their School(s).

The registration of Jan/May start students may make capacity management more challenging.  Every step will be taken to address this but Schools/module coordinators with popular modules are advised to continue to keep a close eye on capacity.  Messaging within forms will advise students that changes to their registration may follow (if a particular time slot proves popular).

Yes, they can either de-register from a module within online registration (if they are part of the pilot) or they can fill out a change of mind form (see here).  Depending on the complexity of a query, a student may be referred to a School. 


Opening: Monday 14th September 2020

Closing (online): 9th October 2020

Module registration will open again in January 2021.

Where a prerequisite is set up in the module, then this learning will be captured within online registration.  Where an individual module has not been specified as a prerequisite, then students will be directed to prior learning requirements within the module descriptor (in line with normal practice).

Research Masters students are not required to complete taught modules but can do so e.g. in anticipating of changing over to a PhD, and should register via the Google form if they wish to do so. 

In the first instance, please check the Taught Modules Registration Procedure and FAQ as these cover many common queries.  If this does not answer your question, module registration queries should be addressed to the Student Desk