Education & Health Sciences - Research

Entry requirements

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)

Further enquiries

Graduate & Professional Studies
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Tel: +353-61-234377
Tel: +353-61-202530 (Professional/Flexible)
Email: (Professional/Flexible)

International Education Division
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Tel: +353 61 213034
Fax: +353 61 213062

Application date

The first step in applying for your research postgraduate is to try to identify a potential supervisor and project.

If you're looking for a funded postgraduate research position, check out the Graduate School webpage at for info on funded PhD positions. There may also be information available on funding on individual faculty pages.

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: .

•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:

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.

International students can go to and to learn more about applying to study at UL.

English Language Requirements

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.

Equal Opportunities

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.

Research areas

The Faculty of Education & Health Sciences (EHS) boasts a vibrant research community. Research, alongside teaching, is a core activity. The aim is to advance the wellbeing of people by graduating effective and critically reflective scientists, education and healthcare professionals and creating and disseminating knowledge, through research and scholarship that impacts on the social, educational and healthcare needs of people locally, nationally and globally.

The multidisciplinary structure and expertise of the faculty provide research agendas around active management of lifelong ageing, biomedical sciences, clinical therapies, education, food & health, health sciences, physical activity, sport and sport sciences, professional preparation and development, social issues and political identity – all areas of national challenge.

Departments include
•School of Allied Health
•School of Education
•Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS)
•Nursing & Midwifery (N&M)
•Physical Education & Sport Sciences (PESS)
•Psychology (Psych)

There are currently 207 research students in the Faculty of EHS. EHS provides a number of high-quality taught postgraduate programmes, including Structured PhD programmes, Professional Doctorates and Masters courses. Our postgraduate students are members of a wider research community – involving research-active academic staff and research specialists – within the faculty. Research interests and productivity are reflected in the increased number of EHS-housed research centres, units and groups that are national research leaders in their field. In addition, EHS has strong links with the new multi disciplinary Health Research Institute.

Course title Duration

PhD in Medical School 4 Yrs, 5 Yrs

Structured Masters by Research 2 Year,

Structured PhD in Clinical Therapies 4 Years / 5 Years, Par-time / Full-Time

Structured PhD in Nursing & Midwifery 4 Years Full Time/5 Years Part Time

Structured PhD in Physical Education & Sport Sciences 4 Years /5 Years

Structured PhD in Psychology 4 Years

Course fee

An up-to-date schedule of fees is available to download from

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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