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Architecture - School of Architecture - Structured PhD - Research

The structured PhD programme is the advancement of knowledge through a high-quality experience of original research which is integrated with professional development. It develops students’ research knowledge and transferable skills through a formalised and integrated programme of activities. This programme develops advanced research skills for postgraduate research students in Science and Engineering Faculty.

- The PhD consists of two stages: the structured (taught modules) and the research element.

- The structured PhD provides a taught in a core programme that develops transferable research skills.

- The structured element also provides specialist disciplinary teaching to bring understanding to international research levels.

- The research element develops skills for graduates to be active and autonomous researchers.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to hold an Honours degree (minimum 2.1) or equivalent in a discipline appropriate to their area of proposed research.

Entry points may differ for applicants with postgraduate qualifications. Please contact the Course Director for further information.


4 years full-time.

Further enquiries

Dr. Kerry Hagan
Structured PhD Coordinator,
Faculty of Science & Engineering
Tel: +353-61-213099

Subjects taught

The Structured PhD contains the Taught component (minimum 30 credits) and Research Element (240-330 credits)

Taught component consists of general transferable research skills (18 credits: 6 modules at 3 credits each), and subject-specific modules (minimum 12 credits). The research element comprises the remaining 240-330 credits.

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