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Surgery - Structured

The Discipline of Surgery provides a facility for medical students and surgical personnel wishing to undertake clinical research projects or postgraduate courses. Current research involves the Department of breast, gastrointestinal/colorectal, orthopaedic and vascular Surgery. The research laboratory is also home to full-time scientific researchers focusing primarily on cancer research.

Research facilities include the Surgical Research laboratories in the Clinical Science Institute, REMEDI, NCBES at NUI Galway and the Western Vascular Institute at University Hospital, Galway.

The Discipline of Surgery collaborates with national and international research institutions, e.g. Cancer Research UK, EMBL, and the Mayo Clinic. Researchers are affiliated with the Galway Cancer Initiative.
The Discipline offers supervision in a wide area of medical interest. To pursue a research degree potential candidates should discuss the matter with the Head of Discipline.

Entry requirements

PhD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

Additional entry requirements
Candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.


Structured PhD (full-time, four years)
Structured PhD (part-time, six years)

Further enquiries

Ms. Grace Clarke
E: grace.clarke
T: + 353 91 544 203 / +353 91 524 390

Application date

Course Code: Structured PhD, full-time—1SPD1; part-time—1SPD2

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Research areas

Breast cancer

Population genetics
Molecular profiling
Role of stem cells in metastasis
Mestastatis prevention
Early detection

Colorectal cancer
Molecular profiling
Orthopaedic surgery
Wound healing

Stem cells in arthritis (with REMEDI)
Hyperbaric oxygen

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