PhD by Prior Publication

RCSI is pleased to offer the opportunity to those with a record of publications in biomedical, clinical and health services research to complete a PhD by prior published works.

This route allows scholars who have sufficient research experience at doctoral level, as demonstrated through already published material, to gain academic recognition for their work over a minimum registration period of one year.

Researchers who have published their own original research, which examiners deem has made a significant contribution to knowledge, can obtain a PhD award in recognition of this work when it is presented in the form of a coherent thesis and successfully assessed in a viva voce examination.

Programme requirements
In order to be awarded the PhD, participants must complete the following:

Research ethics training (Recognition of Prior Learning may be considered if evidence of equivalent learning can be provided)
Progress review
Final thesis and viva voce examination

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the PhD by Prior Publication, you must meet all of the following requirements:

Be a research-active member of RCSI staff (at any of our campuses), an RCSI Honorary appointment, or an RCSI Trainee, Member or Fellow;
Hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent;
Have been actively engaged in medical or health sciences research for a period of at least five years within the last ten years at an organisation that has a recognised research function;
Have published a minimum of five original research papers in journals ranked Q1 in their relevant fields in the ten years prior to the date of application for admission; and
Be a senior author (first or last author) on all five research papers (note: work in preparation for publication will not be considered, the work must be already published or in press).

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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