The requirements listed below are the minimum requirements set by the University. Individual Faculties may have specific requirements and applicants are requested to identify a potential supervisor before submitting an application for a research programme.
Applicants to a Research Degree Programme (minimum entry requirements)
•An appropriate master's or equivalent qualification that has been obtained from a University or other institution recognised by UL following a period of study similar to that required in UL. A candidate who holds a master's degree in a discipline other than that in which the doctoral research is intended to be pursued shall be considered for entry under rule 5.4.1b, or
•An honours primary bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of 2.1 honours or equivalent qualification, or
•An honours primary bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of 2.2 honours or equivalent qualification, or
•A degree or equivalent qualification, other than that specified in 5.4.1a, 5.4.1b or 5.4.1c and a minimum of four years' acceptable professional experience at an appropriate and relevant level may be considered for entry to the master's register.
•Candidates within this category without a minimum of four years' acceptable professional experience will be considered for entry under regulation 5.4.4.
For further information on the Research Postgraduate Academic Regulations (Handbook of Academic Regulations & Procedures)
How you apply for your PhD will depend on whether or not you have agreed on a research proposal with your proposed supervisor.
1. Applying if you have a project and supervisor
You'll need to follow these steps:
•Fill in your Application Form. Please return it and your research proposal to the Graduate School, Foundation Building (F2-020) or email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
•Provide a detailed proposal of the research to be undertaken (on separate sheets if necessary). This should include sections on 1) Description of the topic including the aims of the research; 2) Objectives and/or hypotheses; 3) Research Methodology, including how the data will be collected; and 4) Bibliography and references.
•For Science & Engineering proposals please use the following headings: 1) Background; 2) Objectives; 3) Work to be done; 4) Methods to be used; 5) Novel aspects; 6) Scientific or Engineering theoretical issue(s) addressed; proposal to be a maximum of 2 pages.
•Please note that funded applicants (IRC, PRTLI, SFI...) should ensure that a Financial Aid form is completed, signed and submitted to the finance office.
•Further information on the schedule of fees for research postgraduate students is available from the fees office. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Graduate School.
2. Applying if you don't have a potential supervisor
If you don't yet have a potential supervisor, you'll need to complete an Expression of Interest form and a research proposal.
The research proposal will help place you with the right supervisor. If you need more information on completing a research proposal, go to page 3 on the Expression of Interest Form.
Once you've completed your proposal and the Expression of Interest form, submit them in PDF format to the Graduate School, Foundation Building (F2-020) or email: email@example.com.
The Expression of Interest form and the proposal will then be sent to the relevant faculty and department who will endeavour to identify an appropriate supervisor for you.
If you need more information on applying, read our comprehensive step-by-step guide.
Applications for postgraduate research are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please be sure to submit your certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s) along with your application.
Candidates may be required to demonstrate their competence in the English language by interview.
In addition, candidates must either provide certified confirmation that they have completed a primary or a master's degree through the medium of English or submit the official results of English proficiency tests as per the requirements specified by the University, who may consider English proficiency tests other than those listed as meeting the English language requirements for pursuing a higher degree at UL.
The University of Limerick is fully committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and is opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.
University policies and procedures do not discriminate against individuals on grounds such as gender, marital or family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community.
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