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Graduate Research
Excellence in Translational Research
Research training is now a prerequisite for many medical and scientific careers. We offer graduates the opportunity to pursue a research degree in a multidisciplinary translational environment focused on increasing knowledge on the prevention and treatment of human disease.

Be Part of Ireland's Most Expansive Medical Network
Graduate students carry out original research under the supervision of established researchers associated with the School from the UCD Conway Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science, the Centre for Research in Infectious Disease (both based on the Belfield Campus) and the School’s major teaching hospitals including St Vincent’s University Hospital, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Children's University Hospital (Temple St), Our Lady's Children’s Hospital (Crumlin) and the Coombe Women's & Infants' University Hospital, and the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St.

The degree of Structured Ph.D is awarded following the successful completion of a programme of advanced education and training, and original research in a chosen area of specialism.

Entry requirements


Candidates for this degree are required to be admitted by the School of Medicine & Medical Science on the recommendation of the Professor. Candidates who have not graduated in this University may be admitted if suitably qualified.
No candidate can be allowed to enter on a course of study and research for the Degree of PhD unless he / she has reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Professor and the School of his / her fitness.


X237/X238 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time

Further enquiries

Room S073
UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Conway Institute
Dublin 4

Telephone: +353 1 716 6738 / 6851 / 6773
Fax: +353 1 716 6892

Please feel free to contact us via the above address/phone/fax/email should you require further information.


The candidates shall pursue research for a period of nine terms but the Academic Council may accept a period of six terms in the case of a graduate whose attainments justify such shorter course.

The thesis must normally be prepared under the supervision of the Professor, but the School may, on the recommendation of the Professor, assign another member of the staff to supervise the candidate's research, under the Professor's general direction.

The thesis must be prepared in the University, unless permission is given to the candidate to work elsewhere under the Professor's general direction. Such permission will only be given to candidates who have attended courses in the University for twelve terms before admission to the course for the PhD.
Candidates may enter for examination in January of the Year in which their work is to be examined; the time of examination to be arranged as may be convenient to the candidates and the examiners. If the thesis is not presented before the 1st February following, the candidate must re-enter.

Candidates are required to take an oral examination on the subject matter of their thesis.

This degree will not be awarded unless the examiners report that the work is worthy of publication, as a whole or in part.
Candidates for the PhD Degree will be allowed six years from the date of registration in which to complete their degree. Candidates must register and pay appropriate fees for each year of PhD study. Please refer to the UCD PhD Regulations and Guidelines for details.

Research areas

Flexible, Lab & Patient-Focused Research Programmes

Projects range from laboratory-based research in molecular medicine and cellular biology to patient-focused studies on the impact and treatment of disease.

Further education and skills development programmes are available to all research students through programmes in the School, the UCD Conway Institute and Molecular Medicine Ireland. Students also have the opportunity to hear from and interact with national and international experts at research seminars hosted by the School and the UCD Conway Institute.

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