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Sciences - 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

Applicants must normally have an excellent primary degree, and / or professional qualification, in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution. In addition, PhD applicants should have an excellent Masters degree from a reputable institution. All applicants must have a fluent command of the English language. Since the demand for places is extremely high, these minimum requirements do not guarantee admission. Preference is given to the strongest academic applicants.

Further enquiries

School of Natural Sciences
•Head of School: Prof. Patrick Wyse-Jackson
•Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Prof. Mary Burke
•Telephone:+353-1-896 2920
•Email:schnatsc@tcd.ie
•Url:www.naturalscience.tcd.ie

Application date

Before You Apply

You are encouraged to read carefully the wide range of information about pursuing a higher degree by research at Trinity College Dublin provided by the Graduate Studies Office. We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the specific regulations relating to higher degrees by research set out in the Trinity College Calendar Part III.

It is important to be aware that preference is generally given to students who want to work in areas of research in which a potential supervisor has an existing research interest. Please review the information on finding a supervisor and the research interests of our supervising faculty members.

When to Apply

You may apply at any point between the application being opened in the autumn and the closing deadline of 30th June. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as supervisor capacity may be limited.

If you intend to study full-time and also intend applying for either Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships or Postgraduate Studentships you are required to submit your formal application for the Doctoral Programme no later than 30th April. These awards are highly competitive and you are advised to start preparing a high-quality application well in advance of this deadline.

If you envisage that your research will involve the collection and analysis of larger amounts of quantitative data you may wish to enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics. The closing date to apply for this course is 30th June.

How to Apply

Applications should be made via our online application system. Go the the 'Application Weblink' below to choose the relevant degree and submit an application:

Please ensure that you provide all the documents required when making your online application. This must include:

•Two academic references;

•Academic transcripts which must be certified by the issuing body;

•A certified copy of degree certificate(s);

•A certified certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS);

•Your research proposal

Applicants who have already been successful during a research grant interview or screening process (e.g. IRCSET, IRCHSS, Funded Research Positions, etc.) should provide relevant details as part of the application process. The online application process is mandatory even if your funding has been secured.

There is an online application fee of €55.

If you encounter difficulties in filing the relevant documentation you should direct your query to the Research Admissions Office . Please note that applications that are deemed incomplete due to the absence of key supporting documents will not proceed to the Doctoral Programme Committee for review.

Once you have submitted an online application you will be sent an acknowledgement email to the email address you provided when setting up your user account on the application system. The applicant portal will allow you to send and receive communications in respect of your application to Trinity College Dublin. You will be able to track the progress of your application at every stage of the admissions process, update your personal information, view decisions made on your application(s) and accept any offers you receive. For further information see: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Research areas

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.

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 2020 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 2020 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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