Year 1 & 2
In addition to beginning their supervised resarch project, students will take the following taught modules:
research methods modules (18 credits); these may be chosen from a range of research modules within the faculty
elective moudles (18 credits); these are chosen from the range of post-graduate modules across the university.
core modules in Introduction to Doctoral Studies, Research Integrity, Entering the Academic Community and Post-graduate Skills Workshops
Year 3 & 4
In additon to completing their supervised research project, students will take the following modules
Postgraduate Professional Portfolio
Postgraduate Skills Workshops
1.The research project (270 credits) spans all four years, and is supervised by a primary supervisor from your home department. The final thesis may be completed as a monograph or in an article based format
2.Introduction to doctoral studies (6 credits) is designed to induct the student into good practice with respect to carrying out their Ph.D. Lectures and workshops will include, for example, principles and regulations for a Ph.D. at the University of LImerick, expectations of the student and supervisory committee and how to maximise supervisory guidance and information on seeking research funding. Exercises in critical review will support the student's study of the literature. In addition the student will learn about ethics in theory and in practice and in terms of making an ethics application within the faculty. In addition this first module will encourage the intake of Postgraduate students across the faculty to meet and work together.
3.Research Integrity (3 credits) builds on the previous strand looking more widely at ethics in research. This will be a workshop based module, with a small number of initial lectures on good research practice and on research misconduct. Workshops will review and debate examples of good and bad research practice; and examine how investigations into research misconduct should be undertaken using a scenariobased approach.
4.Entering the academic community (3 credits) will equip the student with skills to network with respect to their research. A series of workshops will allow the student to explore how to develop international contacts, get abstracts accepted at conferences, prepare good conference presentations and posters, run workshops and review abstracts.
5.Postgraduate School workshops (3 credits). This module comprises an accumulation of credits obtained by attending workshops provided by the Postgraduate School. The workshops attended must accumulate to a minimum of 3 credits
6.Postgraduate professional portfolio (9 credits) will be a student-centred module, guided by the research supervisory team. Students will maintain a portfolio of activities such as attendance at invited speaker programmes and presentation at a conference. The portfolio will comprise documentation of the activities and reflective work reviewing the different experiences.