In addition to writing the PhD thesis, SPIRe PhD students in Politics and International Relations must complete 50 credits of coursework, at least 40 of which should be completed by the time of the transfer to Stage II, which takes place within 12-18 months on the program.
Of these 50 credits, 30 will be devoted to required methodologically oriented courses (focusing on research design, quantitative methods and qualitative methods). The remaining 20 required credits (and any additional credits beyond 50) can be filled with modules selected in consultation with the student's supervisor.
There is a wide range of modules available across the College of Social Sciences and Law and the student may register for these, dependent on their research theme, with the permission of their supervisor.
For a sample of the various modules on offer click here.
Please see this page for PhD module registration information.
To get a better idea of what modules are covered and how the programme operates in general, please visit the Current PhD Students section of the website.
And to understand the overall PhD structure and cycle at UCD, you can click here for the PhD in a nutshell.
SPIRe collaborates with the Department of Political Science in Trinity College Dublin (TCD). We currently share modules on quantitative and qualitative research methods. In addition, TCD operates a Maths and Coding Bootcamp for incoming students, as a preparatory course for Quants I.
Students enrolling on the Politics and International Relations programme are strongly encouraged to attend one or both camps. These usually take place prior to the start of term.