College of Engineering & Architecture

All students entering PhD programmes in the UCD College of Engineering and Architecture are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits of taught modules during their programme.

The aim of these taught modules is to enhance the quality of research as well as to provide doctoral candidates with important transferable skills that enhance opportunity for career development. Your School may require or recommend specific modules, but beyond this it is for you, your Principal Supervisor, and Research Studies Panel to decide which modules are most appropriate to your PhD programme. Students may choose from the full range of modules available throughout the University.

Please see your School below for specific modules offered or recommended by your School.

School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy

School of Biosystems and Food Engineering

PhD students in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering are advised to take the first two modules listed below. Depending on the specific graduate research area, other recommended modules (but not limited to) are listed.

School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

All School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering PhD candidates undergo an initial skills audit with their Supervisor. This provides the basis for a planned programme of skills training and development, referred to as the Research and Professional Development Plan (RPDP). The maintenance of the RPDP will be the responsibility of the student, and its content may also be part of the agenda at meetings of the RSP.  

The School offers several modules that have been developed for PhD students. Year 1 students should register for CHEN50010 - Seminar Series I (2.5 credits). Students should register for CHEN50050 - Seminar Series II (2.5 credits) in Year 2.

Following discussions with their supervisor, students may register for modules from the taught Master’s in Biopharmaceutical Engineering or Chemical Engineering.  Students may register for final year undergraduate modules within the BE/ME programme run by the School or programmes from other Schools in the University.

School of Civil Engineering

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering