Nursing Midwifery & Health Systems - Research

The Research Masters degree provides students with rigorous research training and an opportunity to complete an independent research study, presented as a major thesis. This is a 90 credit major research thesis degree, however, you may be required to attend modules which will support and complement your research. The programme enables students to develop their research knowledge and skills whilist completing a major research study under the guidance of an academic supervisor and a research studies panel. You will develop your knowledge of a research topic, research methods, literature searching, presentation and publishing skills. Succesful completion of this programme (following examination) includes submission of a final bound thesis that will be retained in the UCD library.

UCD is commited to the promotion of an environment which maintains the highest standards in relation to its educational mission and research activity. As part of this policy all new entrants to a research degree programme from September 2019 are required to complete a programme of Research Integrity Training.

The period of registration for the Research Masters degree will be not less than 3 trimesters (one year) and not more than 6 trimesters (two years) for a full-time student. For a part-time student the period of registration is not less than 5 trimesters (15 months) and not more than 9 trimesters (three years). Applicants can select to register for either a September, January or May commencement date.

Applications for entry to the programme are welcome from those in nursing, midwifery or a health-related discipline. Please note closing date for receipt of full applications.

Entry requirements

Applicants seeking admission to a course of study and research leading to a PhD or research master's degree must fulfil of the following criteria

The candidate has obtained a minimum of an upper second-class degree or equivalent in a relevant honours Bachelor's degree;

The candidate has obtained a relevant master's degree;

In certain circumstances, the candidate has demonstrated other evidence of academic standing and/or relevant professional experience as satisfies the Governing Board of their suitability for admission to the degree programme. These criteria are considered non-standard admission requirements.

If you are unsure if you are eligible you should contact the Programme Administrator.

English Language Requirements for entry to Graduate Programmes at UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems
Candidates whose first language is not English and whose primary degree was obtained in a country where English is not the official language of instruction must provide proof of proficiency in English such as IELTS or TOEFL.

The original certificate of completion of an English language test must be enclosed with the application. In all cases the test results must not be more than two years old. There are no exceptions to this requirement. Candidates whose existing degree was obtained in a country where the official language of instruction is English may, at the request of the School, still be subject to the same requirements where English is not the candidate's first language.

The following are the English language tests and scores accepted by this School:

Application dates

These are the final dates for submission of applications. Is it advisable to submit your application as early as possible as it will be reviewed by separate School and College committees:

January 2023 registration: closing date for receipt of full application is November 2022

May 2023 registration: closing date for receipt of full application is March 2023

September 2023 registration: closing date for receipt of full application June 2023

For queries about required documentation or submission dates, please contact the Programme Administrator (

You can apply once you have the agreement of a member of Faculty who has developed your research proposal with you and, is supporting your application

Applicants are required to meet either face-to-face or via telecommunication with their nominated supervisor prior to submitting an application as part of the development process

Applications are made online through UCD Applications.

You must upload the following documents with your online application:

A personal statement of 150 - 250 words outlining your reasons for applying: what attracts you to that subject area, how your studies and/or work experience have influenced you, your career plans, any publications to date.

A research proposal of 1500 - 2000 words. The proposal must be approved by the nominating Supervisor.

Official transcripts of your bachelor's and master's degrees as appropriate.

Evidence of meeting the English language requirements (if applicable).

You must download the Academic Reference Form and forward to TWO persons familiar with your academic work. Your referees will provide details about your academic abilities and motivation and they must return a completed form directly to
You must download the Supervisor Nomination Form. Ask your proposed Supervisor who is nominating you to the programme to complete and return the form to you to submit with your application.

UCD comes under the terms of the Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 and 2003. In the context of the Online Applications system, this means that an applicant can request any documentation presented as part of the applications process, including references sent directly by the referee to the institution.

Application queries should be directed to the Research Degrees Administrator:

Your application and nomination form will be reviewed by the School's Research Degrees Committee to determine your suitability for registration on the programme. If RDC has questions in relation to your application you may be contacted for further clarification.

Only when you have been approved by the College Graduate School Board will you be eligible to register to the programme.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

If you are considering applying to the programme please contact the Director of Research Degrees for an informal chat (

Three possible start dates: January, May or September

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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