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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, but there are no mandatory taught modules. This is a 90 credit major research thesis degree.

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. Applicants can select to register for either a September, January or May commencement date.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Applicants should normally possess a primary degree of at least a second class honours standard or the equivalent and / or a Master's degree (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution. If you are unsure if you are eligible you should contact the Programme Administrator.

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

Application date

Closing Dates for Application:
These are the final dates for submission of applications. Is it advisable to submit your application as early as possible as it will be reviewed by separate School and College committees:

•January 2019 start: closing date 2nd November 2018
•May 2019 start: closing date 4th April 2019
•September 2019 start: closing date 12th July 2019

Applications are made online through UCD Applications

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 process.
•Documents to include with your application
•Please note closing dates
•Please note application fee
•Please note course fees ( EU and Non-EU)

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

Enrolment and start dates

If you are considering applying to the programme please contact the Director of Research Degrees for an informal chat (

Three possible start dates: January, May or September

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