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Research Programmes

The School boasts a large cohort of graduate students enrolled in high quality structured M.Sc. (by research) and Ph.D. programmes that provide training in specific, state-of-the-art and generic research skills. Graduate students constitute a significant and valued presence within our School and we are dedicated to the continuing development of our Ph.D. programmes and to enhancing the graduate’s training experience.

Thematic Ph.D. programmes

The UCD Structured Ph.D. enables UCD Ph.D. students achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training.  See here for more details.  SBBS offers thematic Ph.D. programmes in Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Infection Biology and Biotechnology.  

Entry Criteria

To pursue postgraduate studies in SBBS you will be expected to have a minimum of a second class honours degree in in the relevant subject area. You will also be expected to be competent in English. Applicants to research degree programmes in UCD must meet the University Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirement of a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with not less than 6 in any strand in the Academic Version or equivalent. The School may, at their discretion, consider alternative proof of English language proficiency such as a degree taken through English.

How can I find a Ph.D position in SBBS?

SBBS offers a small number of funded PhD positions.  These are advertised on the 'Research Vacancies' page on the SBBS website on an annual basis in May/June for entry in the following September. 

Outsie of these funded positions, candidates interested in pursuing a Ph.D. programme within the School should initially make contact with a potential supervisor in a chosen research area to establish the availability of a position.  See our research pages  and staff profiles for more information on research areas.  In such cases it may be possible to secure funding from an external agency, but any such opportunities should be discussed in advance with the prospective supervisor.


You can find out more about about research degrees, the academic requirements,  application process and fees etc. at http://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/researchprogrammes/ 

Opportunities for research students

The School values its Ph.D. students and encourages involvement in the School community through School social events and School-associated student societies such as PharmTox and Micro Soc. Career advice is available to all PhD students through the UCD Career Development Centre http://www.ucd.ie/careers/, The career development centre will advise students of recruitment fairs, available job opportunities and internships as well as providing more tailored advice for the individual student.

Through our structured Ph.D. programmes you will develop research skills and transferrable skills.  You will also be required to undertake 30 credit worth of modules.  The choice of these will be discussed with your supervisor.

All research students will have the opportunity to demonstrate in undergraduate practical laboratory classes and will have the opportunity to participate in outreach activities through our established 'Science communication module' and our annual 'Engage Accessible Science' event.

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Prospective students are directed to the College of Science Graduate School Website at http://www.ucd.ie/science/study/researchdegrees/ for further information on undertaking a PhD programme in UCD

You can find out more about about research degrees, the academic requirements, application process and fees etc. at http://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/researchprogrammes/

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions for prospective graduate research students in UCD College of Science. 

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions for current graduate research students in UCD College of Science

 Support for current research students

General queries concerning your registrationa and course should be referred to our Research Graduate Administrator, Geraldine Neylan ((opens in a new window)geraldine.neylan@ucd.ie). 

For advice on wider issues and personal matters you can talk in confidence to the Science Student Advisor, Ms Catriona Keane Room E0.55, UCD O'Brien Centre for Science ((opens in a new window)catriona.keane@ucd.ie)

A student who wishes to appeal a decision of the Assessment Panel may do so through the procedures for a formal assessment appeal determined in the UCD Policy on Assessment Appeals. Information relating to Assessment Appeals can be found at: http://www.ucd.ie/appeals/ 

For information on how to access conflict resolution support please refer to the document '(opens in a new window)Code of Practice for Conflict Resolution for Supervisors and Graduate Research Students'


Contact the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

H1.38 O’Brien Centre for Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 2130 | E: undergrad.sbbs@ucd.ie | Location Map(opens in a new window)