The first step in any PhD application is to make personal contact with a potential supervisor. Please note: without an agreed supervisor, there is no point in submitting a formal application. See the note above about finding a supervisor.
Applications can be made through the Online Applications System, by clicking on the Apply Online link. The Cognitive Science PhD (codes: FT T221) appears under the Graduate Research application type for the September entry.
As part of the application procedure, a statement of research interest of 2000-3000 words must be supplied. This will serve to establish suitability of the applicant to the programme structure and goals, and also provides an important writing sample. English language requirements, as laid down in this document, will apply. In the simplest case, this requires an average IELTS score of 6.5 or better, with no individual score falling below 6.0.
Other documents required for application include two academic references and transcripts of previous academic achievements.
Students are admitted on a continual basis throughout the year, and may be involved in diverse research projects across the entire spectrum of Cognitive Science. As Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary programme, rather than an individual school, research students will be located within one or other of the contributing schools. General information about postgraduate studies at UCD is available at this page.
Students enrolled in structured PhD programmes throughout the university may take modules taught in the MA/MSc programme. Each module is worth 7.5 credits under the European Credit Transfer System.