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 here.

In a new system upgrade for the academic year 2020-21, graduate research students will register for their taught modules online. The registration procedure can be found here. Please note that this differs slightly for September-start and January/May-start students.

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

School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy

School of Biosystems & Food Engineering

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

School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering

All School of Chemical & 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 DSP.  

The School offers several modules which have been developed for PhD students.  Year 1 students should register for CHEN50010 Seminar Series I (2.5 credits) and Seminar Series II CHEN50050 (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 & Electronic Engineering

School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering