1. Check admission requirements.
a. A minimum 2.1 primary degree (3.08 GPA) in any field of study; OR
b. A master's degree in information science, library science, communication studies or a related field.
For non-native English speakers, an English language certificate is required: IELTS overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section.
2. Conduct research on School staff areas of expertise.
Search the UCD staff profiles and search published literature on Google scholar to get an idea about staff research expertise.
3. Contact an ICS academic staff member directly and ask if they would be willing to supervisor you.
You will not be considered for a place in the programme if a staff member has not agreed to supervise you. While the PhD Coordinator may be able to offer advice, it is not the role of the PhD Coordinator to match applicants with supervisors. It is expected that exceptional applicants will locate their own supervisor.
4. Apply to the programme using the UCD Online applications system.
This is the only acceptable method to apply to the PhD programme, no email applications or post applications are accepted.
The online application system will provide you to respond to the following prompts. Each section of the application will be weighted using the corresponding percentage.
1. Applicant statement (500-1000 words) (35%)
a. Please provide details of your proposed research to include (a) aims, objectives and central research questions of the project, (b) how existing literature on the topic has been used to inform the proposal and (c) how the project will advance state of the art and make a contribution to existing knowledge:
b. Please detail the research design and methodologies to be employed in carrying out your scholarship which should be described in sufficient detail to demonstrate your thorough understanding of the research topic:
2. Personal statement (500-1000 words) (40%)
a. What are your career goals and how would obtaining a PhD in Information and Communication studies help you to achieve them?
b. How will you go about acquiring the expert knowledge and transferable skills necessary for your professional development, e.g. technical skills, communication skills, analytical skills?
c. How would the PhD degree enable you to gain skills relevant to employment outside the traditional academic sector?
3. Additional information (300-500 words) (10%)
Please highlight any additional information which has not been included elsewhere in the application, e.g.:
Why do you wish to pursue a higher degree by research?
Why have you proposed this research topic?
Why do you feel there is a specific demand for the skill set that you wish to build?
Why are you particularly suited to this research field?
Which of your attributes demonstrate your capability to be a good researcher, e.g. motivation, commitment, thirst for knowledge?
4. Academic background CV/resume (15%) including detail about work experience and research achievements (publications, research awards, exhibits, media recognition, etc.)
5. The online application system opens in February each year. Although you may submit at any time, applications are not reviewed until after the May 15th deadline (if you are applying for the UCD China Scholarship Scheme the deadlines are usually much earlier- please contact the PhD Coordinator or UCD Graduate studies). We will attempt to notify you about the outcome of your application as soon as possible. After your application is preliminarily reviewed, you may or may not be asked to complete a Skype interview, to provide the application committee with more information. An interview does not mean you are or are not more likely to be accepted to the programme, it is just a way to gather more information about your application.
If you have further questions please contact the PhD coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org