Earth & Natural Sciences - Research

Earth and Natural Sciences
The global change in climate and energy supplies will have a major impact on the island of Ireland, on how our economy evolves and the need for measures to protect our environment. UCD is harnessing its considerable resources to address the challenges by developing an Earth Sciences Institute. The Earth and Natural Sciences PhD programme builds on the concept that energy and environment are co-dependent, and will create a cohort of graduates with a strong background in Energy and Environmental studies, imbued with the innovation and entrepreneurial skills to develop an emerging green technology sector. In addition to a core of postgraduate students specialised in key elements of earth sciences, the programme will impact across a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. It is only by influencing the collective skills of future graduates emanating from a range of disciplines that we will as a society adapt to the national and global challenges and opportunities in agriculture, energy, food, forestry, green technology, land resources, nanoscience and water.

Collaborating Institutions
The Structured PhD Programme in Earth and Natural Sciences is a new multi institutional collaborative Ph.D. programme involving University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Limerick.

Strucuture of the Programme
Students will be embedded within the PhD programme at three levels:

1. Structured Component: There will be a focus on innovation, transferable and horizontal skills training including those provided by the TCD-UCD Innovation Academy and the NUI GALWAY Ignite Graduate Education Programme;

2. Disciplinary Component: Students will be embedded in a coherent discipline specific programme;

3. Research Component: Students will focus the majority of their time on original research organised into 6 interdisciplinary themes that address key global challenges.

Training will prepare the student for industry, academia and government agencies where they will contribute to the emergence of a global reputation, the national deployment of green technology and sustaining the competitiveness of Irish industry. Graduate training will draw on and embed students in strong disciplines and multidisciplinary teams of specialists working on thematic research areas.


3 years full-time


Research Areas Students will be embedded within 1 of 6 disciplinary education strands. Their research projects will be aligned with one of the six major multidisciplinary research themes. In this way students will gain:

• A deep understanding of their discipline.

• Experience of original research that addresses issues of national and global import.

• A high level of technological expertise and understanding of a broader range of technologies.

• First-hand experience on how diverse knowledge can be integrated to overcome major challenges and/or to sustainably exploit Earths' resources.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime,Part time

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