Physics - Research

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:
• at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
• a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees
All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor's role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.


Research Programmes
The School of Physics, with 30 academic staff members, approximately 60 postdoctoral researchers and over 90 postgraduate research students, is the largest school of Physics in Ireland and is an exciting and vibrant academic environment. The School has a well-established international reputation for innovative research in Magnetic, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Nanoscience, Computational Physics and Astrophysics. Researchers in the School collaborate with groups from academia and industry across the world, funded through a broad range of national and international sources. Many staff members of the School have research programmes in CRANN, the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices ( and are also active members of AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research), which is a Science Foundation Ireland funded centre that provides a partnership between leading researchers in materials science and industry.

The School of Physics is committed to excellence in research and scholarship and fully endorses the College's vision wherein scholarship and scientific discovery be further embedded in the culture of Trinity in terms of established and emerging fields. The School maintains an extensive network of international collaborations in Europe, US,Japan and elsewhere. Student exchange and extended visiting periods abroad are common during the duration of a Ph.D. degree, and contribute to widen the student knowledge and experience. In addition, the School of Physics generates many patents and several spin-off companies have been established from its research. The School has access to an annual research budget that surpasses €10 million and registers about 25 new postgraduate research students every year. Typically, for these students, the School, through research funding, provides financial support to cover living expenses and tuition fees. The School organises research training and educational programmes for all its postgraduate students. Graduate students are actively engaged in the life of the School and make an important contribution to its success, for example by teaching undergraduate students. Regular seminar series, induction courses and technical training are among the various activities offered to the students. Typically a Ph.D. degree takes four years, while a M.Sc. takes between one and two years.

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  • Qualification letters

    PhD / MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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