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Natural Sciences - Research

School Description:

The School of Natural Sciences, comprising the academic units of Botany, Geography, Geology and Zoology and incorporating the Centre for the Environment, forms an internationally recognised, research-led centre of academic excellence accommodating biological, physical and social scientists.

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.

Further enquiries

Head of School:Prof. Fraser Mitchell
Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate):
Professor Patrick Wyse-Jackson

Telephone:+353-1-896 2920
Email:schnatsc@tcd.ie

Application date

Research Applications

No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions@tcd.ie

Research areas

Research Programmes

The research Interests of staff in the School are highly diverse and span the four major themes of: Ecology and Evolution; Earth and Environmental Science; Molecular Biology and Comparative Physiology. Society, Space and Environment.

Our research is conducted by 39 principal investigators whose activities are supported by post-doctoral and postgraduate researchers engaged in a wide range of dynamic research areas. Currently, there are in excess of 140 postgraduate research students and a further 50 students in total registered for the School’s one-year taught Masters degree programmes (Environmental Sciences, Biodiversity and Conservation, Environment and Development) and a further 45 on the 2 year Masters in Development Practice. Our School is productive in its output of research, producing over 500 peer-reviewed publications since 2004, along with a host of books and presentations by invitation at conferences and other events.

The School’s website (http://www.naturalscience.tcd.ie/research) provides up-to-date information on the research interests of individual and groupings of members of academic staff in the School.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2017 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Botany (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Botany (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Geography (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Geography (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Geology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Geology (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Zoology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Zoology (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Botany (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Botany (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Geology (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Geology (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Geography (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Geography (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Geography (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Geography (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Zoology (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Zoology (Full-Time)

September 2017 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Botany (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Botany (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Geography (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Geography (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Geology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Geology (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Zoology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Zoology (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Botany (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Botany (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Geology (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Geology (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Geography (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Geography (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Geography (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Geography (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Zoology (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Zoology (Full-Time)

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