1. The candidate shall apply to the School of Medicine & Medical Science for permission to present for the Degree of Master of Surgery (MCh) by thesis at least twelve months before presenting the thesis for examination.
2. The application, which should be in triplicate, should be accompanied by:
A detailed outline of the proposed area of research and its aims
Details of experience in the subject chosen
Information on the facilities available for carrying out the research and the methods to be used
A statement from the Head of the School in which the work is to be carried out, or from an appropriate referee, as to the applicant's suitability to undertake the work and to confirm that the research has been approved by the appropriate body.
Candidates may not submit proposals based on research previously used to gain membership of a College.
The candidate must present a thesis for research work carried out in the area of Surgery in the University under the direction of the Professors of Surgery. The minimum time required in the conduct of the research should be equivalent to at least one year's full-time research. The School of Medicine & Medical Science may approve of the work being carried out elsewhere.
Candidates are required to be registered with the University and pay the appropriate fee.
The following further conditions for the award of the degree must be fulfilled:
The thesis shall embody original observations on the subject chosen and shall contain material that in the opinion of the examiners will ordinarily be suitable for publication in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals.
Candidates must produce evidence of having been involved in carrying out research work over a period equivalent to one year's full-time research before lodging the thesis for examination.
If the work is conducted elsewhere than in the Surgery Unit of the School in the University, the candidate shall supply a statement from the Head of the School, or from an appropriate referee, indicating that the material in the thesis is the result of the candidate's personal effort when the thesis is being lodged for examination.
Excellence in the standard of presentation is required and the recommendations concerning presentation must be adhered to.
Candidates shall advise the School of Medicine & Medical Science of their intention to lodge the thesis approximately six months in advance of submission. A brief summary of the work should also be supplied.
A thesis may not be lodged for examination until a period of at least twelve months has elapsed from the date of School approval and registration with the University.
Four copies of the thesis must be lodged in the Examinations Office, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Judgement will be made as soon as possible.
The candidate may be required to satisfy the examiners in an
oral examination on the subject matter of the thesis.