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Nursing Midwifery & Health Systems - Research

The Research Masters degree provides students with rigorous research training and an opportunity to complete an independent research study, presented as a major thesis. The programme may encompass additional formal instruction in research methods.

The period of registration for the Research Masters degree will normally be not less than one calendar year and not more than two years for a full-time student and not less than two years and not more than four years for a part-time student.

Applications for entry to the programme are welcome from those in nursing, midwifery or a health-related discipline.

If you're planning to apply to our MSc Research programme you must contact a potential Supervisor before you begin the application process and review the requirements for application to ensure you are eligible.

Entry requirements

English Language Requirements for entry to Graduate Programmes at UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems
Applicants whose first language is not English and whose primary degree was obtained in a country where English is not the official language of instruction must provide proof of proficiency in English such as IELTS or TOEFL.

The original certificate of completion of an English language test must be enclosed with the application. In all cases the test results must not be more than two years old. There are no exceptions to this requirement. Candidates whose existing degree was obtained in a country where the official language of instruction is English may, at the request of the School, still be subject to the same requirements where English is not the candidate's first language.

The following are the English language tests and scores accepted by this School:

IELTS [International English Language Testing System–Academic]
Minimum Overall Band Score of 7.0, with a result NOT LESS than 6.5 in EACH of the individual sections.

TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language]
Internet Based Test: Minimum total score of 100 out of 120, with a score NOT LESS than 22 in Reading and Listening. NOT LESS than 26 in Speaking and NOT LESS than 24 in the test of written English.

Paper Based Test
Minimum total score of 600 with a score NOT LESS than 5.0 in the Test of Written English.


Research Masters Degree full-time X219 1 year
Research Masters Degree part-time X290 2 years

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Nicola Berry
Programme Administrator
B105, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 7166409

Academic Enquiries:
Dr Kate Frazer
Director Graduate Research
B224, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6479


Normally a proposal should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words and may include the following:

•A working title of the topic area:

•General overview of area: brief abstract of the general area of study and identify the discipline(s) within which it falls. You might also refer to the way in which your own background gives you competences in your chosen area.

•Identification of the relevant literature: demonstrate that you are aware of the debates and issues raised in relevant bodies of literature and demonstrate that your proposed area has not been studied before, so you need to identify your niche which will lead on to the thesis preparation.

•Key research questions: Since you need to demonstrate that the topic can be completed within the normal time period allowed, you need to demonstrate that it is manageable, and so focus on key questions within your niche area.

•Aims and objectives: State specific objectives of the research to be undertaken.

•Methodology: You need to demonstrate an awareness of methods available to you and show some understanding of which would be suitable for your research.

•Timescale/research planning: You need to demonstrate an awareness of the need for planning and the timescale of the research. Please try to prepare a realistic timescale.

•Reference List: You should include a short list of references to key articles and texts included in the application.

Your research proposal must be approved by your Supervisor in advance of submission.

Application date

You can apply once you have the agreement of a member of Faculty approving your research proposal and supporting your application.

•Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​

•Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission

•Documents to include with your application

•Please note closing dates

These are the final dates for submission of applications. Is it advisable to submit your application as early as possible.

•January start: 16th November 2017
•May start: 14th March 2018
•September start: TBC

Major Codes:
Research Masters Degree full-time X219
Research Masters Degree part-time X290

You must upload the following documents with your online application:

•A personal statement of 150 - 250 words outlining your reasons for applying: what attracts you to that subject area, how your studies and/or work experience have influenced you, your career plans, any publications to date.

•A research proposal of 1500 - 2000 words. The proposal should be based on a contemporary issue in your field of practice or in your discipline of inquiry. (See tab below for guidelines)

•Official transcripts of your bachelor's and master's degrees as appropriate.

•Evidence of meeting the English language requirements (if applicable). (See tab below for guidelines)

•You must download the Academic Reference Form and forward to two persons familiar with your academic work. Your referees will provide details about your academic abilities and motivation and they must return a completed form directly to

•You must download the Supervisor Nomination Form. Ask your proposed Supervisor to complete and return the form to you to submit with your application.

UCD comes under the terms of the Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 and 2003. In the context of the Online Applications system, this means that an applicant can request any documentation presented as part of the applications process, including references sent directly by the referee to the institution.

Application queries should be directed to the Research Degrees Administrator:

Your application will be reviewed by the School's Research Degrees Committee and then the College Graduate School Board to determine your suitability to take a place on your chosen MSc programme.

Only when you have been approved by the College Graduate School Board will you be eligible to register to the programme.

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