Thematic PhD in Cognitive Science
UCD offers a Thematic PhD programme in Cognitive Science. This is a structured PhD programme, incorporating taught modules in the first year, followed by production of a standard PhD thesis.
Finding a supervisor: There are many faculty at UCD who work in areas that fall under Cognitive Science. Interested students are encouraged to contact the programme directors, detailing their research interests, with a view to initiating contact with potential supervisors. (Directors: Fred Cummins and Maria Baghramian.) Applicants may also explore the specialization of associated faculty by following the 'staff' and 'schools' links above.
Progression: Students admitted to the programme will complete 60 credits of taught modules in the first 2 semesters. A formal transfer process is conducted after 18 months, at which the student's progress and plans are evaluated by an assessment panel. At this stage, a well-fleshed out research plan needs to be in place, as well as the completed taught modules, and the identification of both a principal and a secondary supervisor.
It is also possible to pursue the Ph.D. on a part time basis.
Normal progression is to a Ph.D., but the panel may recommend transfer to an M.Sc. programme instead, if appropriate. In rare cases, it is possible to exit the programme with a Graduate Diploma after completion of just the 60 credits of taught modules.
Students who already have a masters in cognitive science, or its equivalent, may be permitted to progress to the transfer stage after just 30 credits of research activity, without taking any further modules.