College of Science

All incoming College of Science PhD students must take 30 credits of taught modules over their programme. The aim of these taught modules is to facilitate research as well as to provide you with important transferable skills enhancing your career development. 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 RSP. 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.

The modules listed below are not a definite list – PhD students, in consultation with their supervisor & RSP, can choose any module across the university which will be useful for their research or transferable skills. The list below is an example of the types of discipline specific modules that were taken by research students in previous years. Students should review a complete list of modules in the Course Search.

Students are entitled to register to modules from any UCD School. You may wish to review other Schools module lists to assess which modules may be useful to you.

School of Biology & Environmental Science

The modules listed are open to all students across the College, but research students in the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science are required to take the first two modules from this list. The others are examples of modules that have been taken previously by research students in SBES. The remaining credit requirement can be made up from modules across the University but should be chosen in consultation with your supervisor. The UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science’s level 4 modules are available to PhD students both in the School and across the University on condition that the School has in-programme students registered to the modules.

School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science

School specific and not open to students from other Schools. Optional module.

 School specific and not open to students from other Schools. Optional module.

 Open to all students across the College. Core for School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science (SBBS) students.

 School specific and not open to students from other Schools. Core for some SBBS students.

 Core for SBBS students.

 School specific and not open to students from other Schools. Core for SBBS students.

 School specific and not open to students from other Schools. Core for SBBS students.

 In addition entire suite of final year, undergraduate modules are available as required/appropriate.


School of Chemistry

Core Modules:

Compulsory in year 1 of the chemistry doctoral programme.

Compulsory in year 1 of the chemistry doctoral programme and students taking this must also have assigned undergraduate teaching duties.

Compulsory in year 3 of the chemistry doctoral programme.




These optional modules are open to all postgraduate students registered to the School of Chemistry.  For non-chemistry students who are considering taking these modules please contact the listed module coordinator for advice regarding your suitability and if space is available.




The following modules are only available to students registered in the Dublin Chemistry or the UCD Bio-Nano doctoral programmes. 

School of Computer Science

Research Integrity Training is a compulsory element of all research degree programmes for students admitted after 31 August 2019. This training requirement can be met by taking either

  1. An Online Research Integrity Training for Research Degree Students on Brightspace with 8 sections which takes an estimated 5 hours. There are no credits associated with this course but upon successful completion of the multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each section, you will receive a certificate.
  2. Research Integrity Module SCI50020 in which online training is accompanied by face to face workshops with discussion of specific case studies. This module attracts five ECTS credits and is most suitable for science and engineering research students.

These Research Integrity training courses provide you with an opportunity to better understand your obligations and responsibilities as researchers, identify the challenges you could face in meeting those responsibilities and practical advice on how to deal with complex situations in which you may find yourself.

Further information on Research Integrity Training can be found at

*In very exceptional circumstances a Computer Science PhD student may be permitted to substitute for IA40120 Communicating for Impact, but this is not generally regarded as an acceptable substitution.

 Many other modules at levels 4 and 5 are offered by Computer Science and are in principle available to students of other disciplines.

School of Earth Sciences

Modules are School specific and are not open to students from other Schools.

School of Mathematics & Statistics

Any module offered by the school can be taken by students outside the school so long as the prerequisites are met. Please contact the school office for further information.

School of Physics

PhD Students from the School of Physics are required to take PHYC40570 and might select other modules from those offered by the School (in consultation with their Supervisor/Doctoral Studies Panel)
Students from other Schools across the College can take any of these modules provided they are suitably qualified in a cognate discipline.

General College of Science Modules

Commonly taken modules in the UCD College of Science. The following is not a definitive list.