STAGE I - Taught Modules
Taught courses will be concentrated in the first two semesters. In the first semester, students will learn transferable skills and be introduced to the overarching themes of sustainable development. In the second semester students may choose relevant specialist modules. These modules, which are designed to aid the student in developing his/her area of expertise can be taken from within UCD or from our collaborating partner institutions (see list below), subject to availability and to the agreement of supervisor(s).
The Taught component specialisations will reflect the six research themes of the programme:
Biodiversity & Climate Change
Energy Efficient Build and District
Environmental Policy Analysis
Planning and Land Use
Sustainable Water Management
Transportation & Infrastructure
A number of these specialist modules will be available through several contributing partner institutions, who will be making specialist content available to UCD programme students:
Contributing partner institutions:
Trinity College Dublin (School of Natural Sciences)
Queens University Belfast , UK (Gibson Institute for Land and Food)
Göteborg University, Sweden (Environmental Economics Unit)
University of Nottingham, UK (Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre)
International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede , Netherlands
Every semester for the first three years, all students will present their ongoing research to their classmates. The presentations should combine a mixture of formal presentation (accompanied by slides) and interactive questions and answers. Presentations should be individual efforts. The research seminars are an opportunity for students to present and define the research that forms their PhD. The seminars alternate between UCD Urban Institute Ireland and TrinityHaus.
Students can spend between three and six months in a professional placement. The internship will normally take place in a research-focused national organisation (e.g. Teagasc, Forfas, Comhar) or in a research institute abroad. The internship should be focused on research and should complement the academic programme. The internship should help define and illuminate the subject of the student's academic research and provide students with practical experience of the application of the academic tools and methods contained in the programme. The internship programme is also helpful in preparing students for their subsequent professional careers.
STAGE II - Research and final examination
Students will be required to complete a thesis based on original research, which will form the basis of the final examination. The thesis concludes a programme of research under which students will be required to produce Working Papers, co-author papers with their supervisors, attend conferences, etc. The research component of the degree programme will be based on the new protocols implemented for the UCD Structured PhD. This includes regular meetings with formal supervisory panels, a two-stage assessment of research progress and a student Research and Professional Development Plan which is regularly reviewed.