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Research Masters and PhD programmes

Our flagship research degree is our structured PhD programme. The structured PhD focuses on the completion of taught modules in conjunction with a research thesis. This has proven to be highly successful and enables our PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. Making a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, normally leading to peer-reviewed publications remains the core objective of doctoral studies in the School.

The School also offers a series of Master's degrees by research in the major disciplinary area of Geography. The normal duration for completion of a Master's degree is 1-2 years.

The structured PhD includes several measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives. One of these measures is the requirement of each PhD student to have a Doctoral Studies Panel. The purpose of the Doctoral Studies Panel is to support and enhance the supervisor-student relationship, to monitor your progress during the course of your doctoral studies and to provide advice and support both to you and your supervisor(s). The panel consists not only of your supervisor(s) but also additional advisor(s). A further measure of support is the requirement in the structured programme to complete at least 30 credits of graduate taught modules at the early stages of your study. Thus, each student gains important experience not only in research but also in broader academic field of study.

The School of Geography offers two Research Masters programmes. These degrees are suitable for students who want to carry out research either with the view to progressing towards a PhD degree in the future or simply gaining the skill set that accompanies investigative research. The two degrees on offer are:

•MLitt (Human Geography)
•MSc (Physical Geography)

The Research Masters Programme includes several measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives. One of these measures is the requirement of each student to have a Research Masters Panel. The purpose of the Research Masters Panel is to support and enhance the supervisor-student relationship, to monitor your progress during the course of your doctoral studies and to provide advice and support both to you and your supervisor(s). A further measure of support is the possibility to complete taught modulesat the early stages of your study.

Entry requirements

Teaching in Irish Universities is through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language.

UCD's minimum English Language Requirements are approved by the University Programmes Board and apply to all applicants and all levels of study.

Duration

Geography (W117) MLitt Research 2 Years FT Full 
Geography (W124) MSc Research 2 Years FT
Geography (W137/138) PhD Research 3 Years FT/6 Years PT

Further enquiries

Graduate Studies: Dr Julien Mercille (julien.mercille@ucd.ie)

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Appeals Process
UCD is committed to providing an excellent education and student experience. The University supports improvement in educational quality and academic decision-making. However, the University recognises that from time to time situations arise when a student considers that they might have grounds for appeal against a decision related to assessment of their academic work. UCD's Assessment Appeals Policy outlines the principles and process for such an appeal. The University is committed to resolving appeals as quickly as possible with emphasis on local resolution.

Course fee

PhD and Research Masters (MLitt) for 2018/19:

EU: fee per year - €6,170 (full-time)
EU: fee per year - €4,080 (part-time)
non-EU: fee per year - €11,885 (full-time)

Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School.

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