The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is offered through a structured programme of rigorous training in research and offers students an opportunity to undertake a focused and critical examination of a particular topic with the aim of contributing to the development of knowledge in their field.
The UCD structured PhD programme:
recognises that the essential elements of the PhD remain research, generation and dissemination of new knowledge, and progression of the candidate towards academic autonomy
provides the context for a deep intellectual engagement with a topic, so that the student will develop the intellectual skills and related critical capacities for academic research and related scholarly activities
facilitates submission of final thesis in either monograph style or in an article-based format (PhD by publication)
The UCD structured PhD degree may be completed on a full or a part-time basis. A full-time PhD will normally involve a registration period of not less than three years and not more than four years. For part-time students, the period of registration is usually five years and not more than six years.
Entrants to the PhD programme are required to undertake 30 credits of taught modules which are based on the students needs to support the thesis work.
Each student is assigned an academic supervisor and his/her training programme is overseen by a doctoral studies panel.
Applications for entry to the programme are welcome from those in nursing, midwifery or a health-related discipline.
The UCD structured PhD enables students 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. The UCD structured PhD includes several innovative measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives.
Entrants to the PhD programme are required to undertake 30 credits of taught modules which are based on the students needs to support the thesis work. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be considered for up to two-thirds of these 30 credits. Application for RPL credits should be considered in discussion with your Supervisor after registration to the programme. Such credits must be approved by the Schools Research Degrees Committee and the College Graduate School Board.
Use the link below to access detailed information on the structured PhD programme from UCD Graduate Studies including: details on supervision, Doctoral Studies Panels, Transferable Skills programme and Research and Professional Development planning:
If you're planning to apply to our PhD programme you must contact a potential Supervisor before you begin the application process and review the requirements for application to ensure you are eligible.