Each unique Medical Doctorate (MD) project is carried out over a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years (full-time).
Within this time you will be guided through your research project with the support of your supervisors and the RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies.
Develop your skills as a researcher at RCSI
You will have a range of resources, research development opportunities and training at your disposal during your MD, including:
•Core and optional modules as part of our Professional Certificate in Research Practices. All MD scholars are expected to complete Research Ethics and Integrity (PC04) core module as part of their degree.
•Access to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, which allows you to map your competencies, identify areas for improvement and develop transferable skills
•International placements – we have a competitive award for those without funding who can apply for three-month international secondment award (RCSI-funded).
•Dissemination of your research. The perfect starting point for this is our annual Research Day; apply for a poster or oral presentation and practice key presenting and communication skills.
•Dedicated write-up space in our Postgraduate Suite in our new Library.
Below is a timeline of a typical four-year MD programme.
1. Project proposal
With the help of your supervisors, you will submit a comprehensive project proposal when applying to RCSI. This will help you to form a solid plan and kick-start your research.
2. Research development
Participate in the four core modules (PC01 - PC04) on offer as part of the Professional Certificate in Research Practice during your studies.
3. Annual progress review
You submit an annual progress review at the end of your first year. Following each annual review, an oral presentation is conducted to assess your progression, by two independent staff members, who decide on your continued registration.
4. Submit your thesis
You will submit a thesis completion plan six months before your planned submission. Once your thesis is submitted – at any time in your third year of study – one external examiner and one internal examiner will assess your thesis. Submit corrections.
If the thesis is deemed of sufficient quality, you will be conferring with an MD in your chosen field.