Graduate Research

UCD School of Medicine has a strong tradition of enquiry-based research. Our 140+ investigators generate approximately €15 million in annual research income and have grants under management worth more than €90 million. Our undergraduate students are always encouraged to immerse themselves in structured medical research throughout their studies. This approach is consistent with our desire to shape not just world-class healthcare professionals, but also scientific innovators, who will advance the boundaries of medical understanding and contribute to the development of new approaches to treatment and care to benefit patients.

Excellence in Translational Research

Research training is now a prerequisite for many medical and scientific careers. We offer graduates the opportunity to a research degree in a multidisciplinary translational environment focused on increasing knowledge on the prevention and treatment of human disease.

Graduate Research Association of Medicine (GRAM)

GRAM 

GRAM provides a supportive network for the 170+ Graduate Researchers linked to the School of Medicine but working across a range of academic and clinical sites. The main aims of the Association are to recognise and celebrate milestones of postgraduate students including publication of papers, submission, successful defence and graduation and to promote and celebrate diversity, equality, and inclusion within the postgraduate student community.

Professor Peter Doran, Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Impact, UCD School of Medicine saaid at the launch event in October 2020 “Research, science and a commitment to enquiry and discovery inform every aspect of the School's mission and the establishment of GRAM supports this ethos and allows us, in turn, to support our Graduate Researchers enhancing their experience at our School and the advancement of their careers.”

“Essentially GRAM is the engine of our research productivity and the research interests and areas of focus of our Graduate Researchers are vast and diverse. Currently examples of their research include examining minimally invasive tissue engineered heart valve protheses for paediatric applications, novel approaches to overcoming drug resistance in targeted melanoma therapy, how sperm sexing affects sperm quality, gameto-maternal interaction and embryonic development and effects of gynaecological cancers in the morphology and function of the human fallopian tube.”

The GRAM Committee comprises the following Graduate Researchers;

  • Auditor – Heather Steele, Final Year PhD Candidate
  • Secretary – Ana Le Chevellier, Third Year PhD Candidate
  • Social Secretary – Deirdre Clissman, Final Year PhD Candidate
  • Joint Treasurer – James White, Final Year, PhD Candidate
  • Joint Treasurer – Ashish Neve, Third Year PhD Candidate

For further information email gram.medicine@ucd.ie and follow GRAM on Twitter and Instagram

Be Part of Ireland's Most Extensive Research Network

Graduate students carry out original research under the supervision of established researchers within our Research Institutes (ConwaySBICharles), our Research Centres on the Belfield Campus and at the School’s major teaching hospitals including St Vincent’s University HospitalMater Misericordiae University HospitalChildren's University Hospital (Temple St), Our Lady's Children’s Hospital (Crumlin) and the Coombe Women's & Infants' University Hospital, and the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St.

Subject to the provisions of the University Statute, a candidate shall be eligible to obtain the Degree of Doctor of Medicine fifteen terms after obtaining the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine.

A period of not less than 3 years shall have elapsed from the time the candidate obtained the Degrees of MB BCh BAO.

The University may grant the Degree of Doctor of Medicine to graduates of the University or Licentiates of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland who shall have fulfilled all prescribed conditions as to the manner in which such Degree of Doctor may be obtained. Graduates of any other University or students of advanced standing who possess a medical qualification deemed to be equivalent to the primary degree in Medicine of the University, and who shall have fulfilled all other prescribed conditions as to the manner in which such Degree of Doctor may be obtained, shall be eligible to obtain the Degree of Doctor of Medicine provided that they are working in a recognised teaching hospital or in a school of the University under the direction of the Head of the School or of a Statutory Professor of the University.

The College, if satisfied that a prima facie case has been made, may appoint one or more of its members to advise on the work and preparation of the thesis.

Regulations

  • 1. The candidate shall apply to the School of Medicine for permission to present for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine by thesis at least two years before presentation of the thesis for examination.
  • 2. The application, which should be in triplicate, should be accompanied by:

-a detailed outline of the proposed area of research and its aims

-details of experience in the subject chosen

-information on the facilities available for carrying out the research and the methods to be used

-a statement from the Head of the School in which the work is to be carried out, or from an appropriate referee, as to the applicant's suitability to undertake the work, detailing the percentage of protected research time devoted to the project on an annual basis, and confirming that the research has been approved by the appropriate body.

  • 3. Candidates may not submit proposals based on research previously used to gain membership of a College.
The following further conditions for the award of the degree must be fulfilled:
  • The thesis shall embody original observations on the subject chosen and shall contain material that in the opinion of the examiners will ordinarily be suitable for publication in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals.

  • Candidates must produce evidence of having been substantially involved in carrying out research work over a period of two years before lodging the thesis for examination.

  • The candidate shall supply a statement from the Head of the School, or from an appropriate referee, indicating that the material in the thesis is the result of the candidate's personal effort when the thesis is being lodged for examination.
  • Excellence in the standard of presentation is required and the recommendations concerning presentation must be adhered to.
  • Candidates must register with the University for a minimum period of two years and pay the appropriate fee for the academic terms during which the research is undertaken.
  • Candidates shall advise the School of Medicine of their intention to lodge the thesis approximately six months in advance of submission. A brief summary of the work should also be supplied.
  • A thesis may not be lodged for examination until a period of at least two years has elapsed from the date of School approval and registration with the University.
  • Four copies of the thesis must be lodged in the Examinations Office, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Judgement will be made as soon as possible.
  • The candidate may be required to satisfy the examiners in an oral examination on the subject matter of the thesis.

Applications

To apply for this programme, please ensure that you have fulfilled all of the required regulations.

Completed applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of €150

Complete the application form and return to:

UCD MR 
UCD School of Medicine
C001 Health Sciences Centre
Belfield 
Dublin 4
Telephone +353 1 716 6585/ 6600 E-mail: medicine.research@ucd.ie

For September Registration: Application deadline is 30th August

For January Registration: Application deadline is 30th December

For May Registration: Application deadline is 30th April

Please feel free to contact us via the above address/phone/email should you require further information.

Useful Links

Flexible, Lab & Patient-Focused Research Programmes

Projects range from laboratory-based research in molecular medicine and cellular biology to patient-focused studies on the impact and treatment of disease.

Further education and skills development programmes are available to all research students through programmes in the School, the UCD Conway Institute and Molecular Medicine Ireland. Students also have the opportunity to hear from and interact with national and international experts at research seminars hosted by the School and the UCD Conway Institute.

Programme Eligibility

A candidate who has obtained the Degrees of MB BCh BAO from the National University of Ireland or Licentiates of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland shall be eligible to obtain the Degree of Master of Surgery (MCh). Graduates of any other University or students of advanced standing who possess a medical qualification deemed to be equivalent to the primary degree of Medicine of the University, and who shall have fulfilled all other prescribed conditions as to the manner in which such a degree of Master of Surgery may be obtained, shall be eligible to obtain the degree MCh provided that they are working in a recognised teaching hospital or in a school of the University under the direction of the Head of School or of a Professor of the University. A period of not less than three years shall have elapsed from the time the candidate obtained the Degrees of MB BCh BAO or Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Regulations

1. The candidate shall apply to the School of Medicine for permission to present for the Degree of Master of Surgery (MCh) by thesis at least twelve months before presenting the thesis for examination.

2. The application, which should be in triplicate, should be accompanied by:

  • A detailed outline of the proposed area of research and its aims
  • Details of experience in the subject chosen
  • Information on the facilities available for carrying out the research and the methods to be used
  • A statement from the Head of the School in which the work is to be carried out, or from an appropriate referee, as to the applicant's suitability to undertake the work and to confirm that the research has been approved by the appropriate body.
  • Candidates may not submit proposals based on research previously used to gain membership of a College.
  • The candidate must present a thesis for research work carried out in the area of Surgery in the University under the direction of the Professors of Surgery. The minimum time required in the conduct of the research should be equivalent to at least one year's full-time research. The School of Medicine may approve of the work being carried out elsewhere.
  • Candidates are required to be registered with the University and pay the appropriate fee.
The following further conditions for the award of the degree must be fulfilled:
  • The thesis shall embody original observations on the subject chosen and shall contain material that in the opinion of the examiners will ordinarily be suitable for publication in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Candidates must produce evidence of having been involved in carrying out research work over a period equivalent to one year's full-time research before lodging the thesis for examination.
  • If the work is conducted elsewhere than in the Surgery Unit of the School in the University, the candidate shall supply a statement from the Head of the School, or from an appropriate referee, indicating that the material in the thesis is the result of the candidate's personal effort when the thesis is being lodged for examination.
  • Excellence in the standard of presentation is required and the recommendations concerning presentation must be adhered to.
  • Candidates shall advise the School of Medicine of their intention to lodge the thesis approximately six months in advance of submission. A brief summary of the work should also be supplied.
  • A thesis may not be lodged for examination until a period of at least twelve months has elapsed from the date of School approval and registration with the University.
  • Four copies of the thesis must be lodged in the Examinations Office, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Judgement will be made as soon as possible.
  • The candidate may be required to satisfy the examiners in an oral examination on the subject matter of the thesis.

Application Details

  • To apply for this programme, please ensure that you have fulfilled all of the required regulations.
  • Completed applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of €150.00.

Please return this completed Application Form to: 

UCD MR 
UCD School of Medicine
C001 Health Sciences Centre
Belfield 
Dublin 4
Telephone +353 1 716 6585/ 6600 E-mail: medicine.research@ucd.ie

For September Registration: Application deadline is 30th August

For January Registration: Application deadline is 30th December

For May Registration: Application deadline is 30th April

Please feel free to contact us via the above address/phone/email should you require further information.

Some useful links

Eligibility

Candidates for this degree are required to be admitted by the School of Medicine on the recommendation of the Professor. Candidates who have not graduated in this University may be admitted if suitably qualified.
No candidate can be allowed to enter on a course of study and research for the Degree of PhD unless he/she has reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Professor and the School of his/her fitness.

Regulations

Academic Regulations are available here

Application Details

To apply for this programme, please ensure that you have fulfilled all of the required regulations.

Complete the Application Form and return to:  

UCD MR 

UCD School of Medicine
C001 Health Sciences Centre
Belfield 
Dublin 4

Telephone: +353 1 716 6585/ 6600 E-mail: medicine.research@ucd.ie

For September Registration: Application deadline is 30th August

For January Registration: Application deadline is 30th December

For May Registration: Application deadline is 30th April

Please feel free to contact us via the above address/phone/email should you require further information.

Some useful links

Eligibility

Candidates for this degree are required to be admitted by the School of Medicine on the recommendation of the Professor. Candidates who have not graduated in this University may be admitted if suitably qualified.
No candidate can be allowed to enter on a course of study and research for the Degree of PhD unless he/she has reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Professor and the School of his/her fitness.

Regulations

  • The candidates shall pursue research for a period of nine terms but the Academic Council may accept a period of six terms in the case of a graduate whose attainments justify such shorter course.
  • The thesis must normally be prepared under the supervision of the Professor, but the School may, on the recommendation of the Professor, assign another member of the staff to supervise the candidate's research, under the Professor's general direction. The thesis must be prepared in the University, unless permission is given to the candidate to work elsewhere under the Professor's general direction. Such permission will only be given to candidates who have attended courses in the University for twelve terms before admission to the course for the PhD.
  • Candidates may enter for examination in January of the Year in which their work is to be examined; the time of examination to be arranged as may be convenient to the candidates and the examiners. If the thesis is not presented before the 1st February following, the candidate must re-enter.
  • Candidates are required to take an oral examination on the subject matter of their thesis.
  • This degree will not be awarded unless the examiners report that the work is worthy of publication, as a whole or in part.
  • Candidates for the PhD Degree will be allowed six years from the date of registration in which to complete their degree. Candidates must register and pay appropriate fees for each year of PhD study. Please refer to the UCD PhD Regulations and Guidelines for details.

Application Details

  • To apply for this programme, please ensure that you have fulfilled all of the required regulations.
  • Complete the Application Form and return to:
UCDMR
UCD School of Medicine
Room C001 Health Sciences Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4

Telephone: +353 1 716 6585/ 6600
E-mail: medicine.research@ucd.ie

For September Registration: Application deadline is 30th August

For January Registration: Application deadline is 30th December

For May Registration: Application deadline is 30th April

Please feel free to contact us via the above address/phone/fax/email should you require further information.

Some useful links

Flexible, Lab & Patient-Focused Research Programmes

Projects range from laboratory-based research in molecular medicine and cellular biology to patient-focused studies on the impact and treatment of disease.

Further education and skills development programmes are available to all research students through programmes in the School, the UCD Conway Institute and Molecular Medicine Ireland. Students also have the opportunity to hear from and interact with national and international experts at research seminars hosted by the School and the UCD Conway Institute.