Medicine - Research

Graduate Research
UCD School of Medicine has a strong tradition of enquiry-based research. Our 140+ investigators generate approximately €15 million in annual research income and have grants under management worth more than €90 million. Our undergraduate students are always encouraged to immerse themselves in structured medical research throughout their studies. This approach is consistent with our desire to shape not just world-class healthcare professionals, but also scientific innovators, who will advance the boundaries of medical understanding and contribute to the development of new approaches to treatment and care to benefit patients.

Excellence in Translational Research
Research training is now a prerequisite for many medical and scientific careers. We offer graduates the opportunity to a research degree in a multidisciplinary translational environment focused on increasing knowledge on the prevention and treatment of human disease.

Graduate Research Association of Medicine (GRAM)
GRAM provides a supportive network for the 170+ Graduate Researchers linked to the School of Medicine but working across a range of academic and clinical sites. The main aims of the Association are to recognise and celebrate milestones of postgraduate students including publication of papers, submission, successful defence and graduation and to promote and celebrate diversity, equality, and inclusion within the postgraduate student community.

Professor Peter Doran, Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Impact, UCD School of Medicine saaid at the launch event in October 2020 “Research, science and a commitment to enquiry and discovery inform every aspect of the School's mission and the establishment of GRAM supports this ethos and allows us, in turn, to support our Graduate Researchers enhancing their experience at our School and the advancement of their careers.”

“Essentially GRAM is the engine of our research productivity and the research interests and areas of focus of our Graduate Researchers are vast and diverse. Currently examples of their research include examining minimally invasive tissue engineered heart valve protheses for paediatric applications, novel approaches to overcoming drug resistance in targeted melanoma therapy, how sperm sexing affects sperm quality, gameto-maternal interaction and embryonic development and effects of gynaecological cancers in the morphology and function of the human fallopian tube.”

The GRAM Committee comprises the following Graduate Researchers;

Auditor – Heather Steele, Final Year PhD Candidate
Secretary – Ana Le Chevellier, Third Year PhD Candidate
Social Secretary – Deirdre Clissman, Final Year PhD Candidate
Joint Treasurer – James White, Final Year, PhD Candidate
Joint Treasurer – Ashish Neve, Third Year PhD Candidate

Be Part of Ireland's Most Extensive Research Network
Graduate students carry out original research under the supervision of established researchers within our Research Institutes (Conway, SBI, Charles), our Research Centres on the Belfield Campus and at the School’s major teaching hospitals including St Vincent’s University Hospital, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, CHI at Temple Street, CHI at Crumlin and the Coombe Women's & Infants' University Hospital, and the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St.

Entry requirements

A candidate seeking admission to the MD programme must hold a primary medical degree such as MB BCh BAO or equivalent.

A nominator shall propose a candidate, and the Clinical Research Degree Committee and the Head of the School of Medicine shall support a nomination, only when they are satisfied that:

a) the candidate is appropriately qualified and has the basic skills and competencies required to embark upon an MD;

b) the proposed topic of research is appropriate for the degree and congruent with the research capacity and expertise of the entity hosting the research;

c) the resources are available to support the proposed research activity;

d) appropriate supervisors and supervisory arrangements are in place to oversee the progress of the research.

Full Academic Regulations for the programme are available at!W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=GD-DOCLAND&ID=123%2

Application dates

To apply for this programme, please ensure that you have fulfilled all the required regulations as detailed in the Academic Regulations.

Complete the MD Application Form and return this to:

Completed applications must be accompanied by an Administration fee of €150 (non-refundable). Further details are available on the application form.

MD Application Form

For September Registration: Application deadline is 30th July

For January Registration: Application deadline is 30th November

For May Registration: Application deadline is 30th March

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Medicine (X134) MD Research
Medicine (X967) MD Research

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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