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Dublin Chemistry - Research

Welcome to the Graduate section of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology website. We are proud of our program and pleased you are interested in it.

About Chemistry in Our School
We have an excellent record of placement of our graduates in, for example, the pharmaceutical and materials science industries, in academic positions and in government laboratories and agencies, both in Ireland and abroad.

About Our School and Our PhD Degree Program
The School offers several programs of activities designed to enhance personal and professional skills. Thus PhD students are expected to attend lectures by visiting speakers and undertake a program of lectures in advanced topics. The largest of these programs, called Dublin Chemistry is offered jointly with the Department of Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin. All of our PhD students are also expected to spend some time assisting in undergraduate laboratories or teaching undergraduates in tutorials. As well as providing some extra income, these duties provide stimulating teaching experience and contact with our BSc students.

Many of our students also spend a short period doing research in a university or industrial laboratory abroad. This is usually on the continent of Europe but may be in the United States or the UK. Experience of working abroad has been encouraged by the European Community's 'Erasmus' program; under this scheme students also come to work in UCD and countries sending students to the School in recent years have included Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Russia.

Entry requirements

How to Apply to our Graduate Study Program in Chemistry:
We welcome applications from suitably qualified graduates with BSc (Hons) degrees in Chemistry, or equivalent.

Firstly, you should familiarise yourself with the wide range of research interests of our academic staff. Feel free to contact any of the staff members to find out more about their research programs. I think you will find that they share my enthusiasm for our School and for the quality of our research program and teaching.

Alternatively, email, enclosing a Curriculum Vitae, indicating if you need funding, and a choice of the academic staff whose research areas you are interested in, who may contact you directly. Please indicate 'Postgraduate Studies' in the subject field of your email.

Once a match with a member of academic staff has been identified, our School administrative staff, can provide more general information about admissions procedures. They can be contacted at


3 years full-time.

Further enquiries

General information about postgraduate studies at UCD can also be found on the UCD Graduate Studies website

Dr Paul Evans (
Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee
UCD School of Chemistry
UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Tel : 353-1-7162291


The Thematic PhD degree is based primarily upon carrying out research, and submission of a thesis, and typically takes about three years to complete.

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School

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