The UCD structured PhD enables students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. Making a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, normally leading to peer-reviewed publications remains the core objective of doctoral studies. The UCD structured PhD includes several innovative measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives.
Entrants to the PhD programme must undertake 30 credits of taught modules based on the student’s needs to support their research. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be considered. Application for RPL credits should be discussed with your Supervisor after registration to the programme. Applications for RPL are submitted to Graduate Research Board for consideration, and approval is not guaranteed.
UCD is committed to the promotion of an environment which maintains the highest standards in relation to its educational mission and research activity. As part of this policy, all new entrants to a research degree programme from September 2019 are required to complete a programme of Research Integrity training. For more information on Research Integrity Training for students, please click here
The UCD structured PhD programme is pursued in two stages. Stage 1 doctoral studies must be completed by a full-time student within five trimesters from the date of registration and by a part-time student within seven trimesters from the date of registration.
a) Stage 1 is an initial period of advanced education, training and research.
b) Stage 2 is largely dedicated to original doctoral research (but may also include advanced education and research and generic training) leading to the submission of the final thesis in either monograph style or in an article-based format (PhD by publication)
Use the links below to access detailed information on the structured PhD programme from UCD Graduate Studies including: details on supervision, Research Studies Panels, Research Integrity Training, Transferable Skills programme and Research and Professional Development planning: