Education & Health Sciences - Research

Entry requirements

The requirements listed below are the minimum requirements set by the University. Individual Faculties may have specific requirements and applicants are requested to identify a potential supervisor before submitting an application for a research programme.

Applicants to a Research Degree Programme (minimum entry requirements)

•An appropriate master's or equivalent qualification that has been obtained from a University or other institution recognised by UL following a period of study similar to that required in UL. A candidate who holds a master's degree in a discipline other than that in which the doctoral research is intended to be pursued shall be considered for entry under rule 5.4.1b, or

•An honours primary bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of 2.1 honours or equivalent qualification, or

•An honours primary bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of 2.2 honours or equivalent qualification, or

•A degree or equivalent qualification, other than that specified in 5.4.1a, 5.4.1b or 5.4.1c and a minimum of four years' acceptable professional experience at an appropriate and relevant level may be considered for entry to the master's register.

•Candidates within this category without a minimum of four years' acceptable professional experience will be considered for entry under regulation 5.4.4.

For further information on the Research Postgraduate Academic Regulations (Handbook of Academic Regulations & Procedures)


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Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019


The Faculty of Education & Health Sciences (EHS) boasts a vibrant research community. Research, alongside teaching, is a core activity. The aim is to advance the wellbeing of people by graduating effective and critically reflective scientists, education and healthcare professionals and creating and disseminating knowledge, through research and scholarship that impacts on the social, educational and healthcare needs of people locally, nationally and globally.

The multidisciplinary structure and expertise of the faculty provide research agendas around active management of lifelong ageing, biomedical sciences, clinical therapies, education, food & health, health sciences, physical activity, sport and sport sciences, professional preparation and development, social issues and political identity – all areas of national challenge.

Departments include
•School of Allied Health
•School of Education
•Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS)
•Nursing & Midwifery (N&M)
•Physical Education & Sport Sciences (PESS)
•Psychology (Psych)

There are currently 207 research students in the Faculty of EHS. EHS provides a number of high-quality taught postgraduate programmes, including Structured PhD programmes, Professional Doctorates and Masters courses. Our postgraduate students are members of a wider research community – involving research-active academic staff and research specialists – within the faculty. Research interests and productivity are reflected in the increased number of EHS-housed research centres, units and groups that are national research leaders in their field. In addition, EHS has strong links with the new multi disciplinary Health Research Institute.

Course title Duration

PhD in Medical School 4 Yrs, 5 Yrs

Structured Masters by Research 2 Year,

Structured PhD in Clinical Therapies 4 Years / 5 Years, Par-time / Full-Time

Structured PhD in Nursing & Midwifery 4 Years Full Time/5 Years Part Time

Structured PhD in Physical Education & Sport Sciences 4 Years /5 Years

Structured PhD in Psychology 4 Years

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    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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