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 student's 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.
If you are considering applying to the programme please contact the Director of Research Degrees for an informal chat (firstname.lastname@example.org).