INFORMATION FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
Dr. Derek Nolan
Taught Postgraduate Courses
Post Graduate Degrees by research
The Graduate Students Union
Introduction: This masters course is designed for graduates aiming to pursue careers in academic research, medicine or the pharmaceutical industry for which a thorough grounding in immunology, immune-mediated pathogenic mechanisms and immunotherapy is required. The course is underpinned by modules in basic immunological principles and technologies. A key component is the research project to be undertaken by each student under the supervision of an academic staff member.
Admission requirements: The course is open to scientific, medical, dentistry and veterinary graduates and will accommodate students from several backgrounds who wish to progress form introductory level Immunology to advanced clinical and applied Immunology. The rate of progress and depth of the advanced modules will also suit students who may have graduated with an Immunology degree, but who wish to explore the subject in more breadth and detail before committing to a PhD. Successful applicants will hold a third level, minimum Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.1) in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, or Biochemistry. Medical graduates must have a M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., or equivalent from a recognised medical school. Veterinary graduates must have B. Vet. Sci. from a recognised veterinary school.
Applications for admission to the course are made through the online geneSIS system normally not later than July 31st of the academic year. Late applications will be considered provided places are available.
Duration: 1 year full-time
Course structure: Students take modules totalling 90 ECTS. Taught core modules of 60 ECTS and Research Project/Dissertation Module of 30 ECTS are all obligatory. Each masters student is also required to undertake a twelve week research project and submit a dissertation based on the outputs from this research project by 31st August.
Course location: Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Pearse St., Dublin 2
Application: TCD's graduates studies website: http://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az/course.php?id=DPTMD-MIMM-1F09
Contact: Course coordinator: Dr. Nigel Stevenson (N.Stevenson@TCD.ie);
1. GETTING STARTED
Postgraduate opportunities in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology can be viewed on the School's Vacancies webpage. A full list of research activities undertaken in the School can be viewed on the Research Activities webpage. Please feel free to contact potential supervisors directly if you are interested in their research area.
2. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
After initial discussions with your selected supervisor, all intending students must submit their application online through the new e:Vision portal my.tcd.ie
It is essential that all applicants have made contact with and have the support of a supervisor at the school of biochemistry and immunology prior to application.
As part of the application process you will need to provide
3. FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The major source of funding for postgraduates is research grants obtained by the supervisor. Conditions of employment vary greatly between individual positions.
IRCSET: The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET) recently announced details of the Embark Initiative Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (2012).
Research Studentship Awards
New entrants to the Research Register wishing to apply for Postgraduate Research Studentships or Ussher Awards must apply, in the first instance, for these Awards through the School after consulting the proposed supervisor. Awards cover fees for three years plus a student stipend of €16,000 and €8,000 respectively for the 1252 (College award) Studentship award and Ussher award
Continuing students may now apply for the Postgraduate Studentship Award. These students should make their application directly to their School.
Please note that students receiving the 1252 Research studentship award will receive the award for 3 years unless Graduate Studies are notified by the School to the contrary at the time of nomination. Please also note that students nominated for an award cannot receive the Postgraduate studentship beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register. This may have implications for nominated continuing students and should be noted when making nominations. In such instances the Graduate Studies Office must be told how many years the nominee is to receive the award for. Under college regulations the total stipend that students in receipt of these awards may receive is €18,000, i.e. supervisors may supplement the stipend of the student up to but not beyond this amount.
A school committee consisting of the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, Director of Research and Heads of Discipline will consider all of the applications for Ussher and 1252 Research studentship awards and rank them in terms of merit. The first candidate on the list will be the school nomination for an Ussher award. If the Ussher nomination is unsuccessful the selected candidate will be first on the 1252 Research studentship award list forwarded to the Graduate Studies Office. Currently the school has an allocation of two 1252 Research studentship awards.
School of Biochemistry and Immunology - PhD enhancement scheme
What will be covered-?
The amounts awarded may not be the maximum available and may vary depending on individual circumstances and resources available. There is no allowance for inflation and the amount of the award will be fixed for three years.
How to apply-
The award committee will consist of the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, Director of Research and Heads of Discipline. Decisions will be made in time for student registration this October. The awards will be made for three years, with the final year of the award conditional on successful completion of the progress report by the student.
4. OTHERS SOURCES OF FINANCE
Local Authority Awards: Students who received maintenance grants from their local authorities as undergraduates may be eligible for a continuation of the award as a postgraduate.
Demonstrating and Invigilating: Postgraduate students are encouraged to act as demonstrators in undergraduate practicals. Demonstrators get paid €21.02 per hour (2012/2013). Postgraduate students may also act as invigilators during examinations. Invigilators get paid €38.91 per 3 hour session (2012/2013).
5. MONITORING PROGRESS: REGULATIONS FOR HIGHER DEGREES BY RESEARCH
All documentation and information relevant to new and progressing postgraduate students is centralized through the School Executive Officer, Mary-Pat O' Sullivan [ email@example.com ]
All registered postgraduate students are required complete a progress report form at the end of each academic year i.e. the end of October for students who registered in October and the end of April for those who registered in April See: https://www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/currentstudents/admin/progressreports/index.php. Both student and supervisor must sign off on the form.
Confirmation of continuation on the Ph.D. register (see Section 2.14 in part II of the university calendar)
No Ph.D. thesis should take longer than 4 years to complete (6 years in the case of a part-time Ph.D. student from October 2008). No M.Sc. thesis should take longer than 2 years (3 years in the case of a part-time M.Sc. student from October 2008) and no student should spend longer than 2 years on the M.Sc. register. Failure to fulfil these time frames results in financial penalities to the School.
6. THESIS SUBMISSION
Details regarding Thesis Submission and Dean’s Grace can be found on the Graduate Studies website http://www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/currentstudents/admin/index.php
7. POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Postdoctoral research opportunities in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology are available on the School's Vacancies webpage.
Situated on the second floor of House Six, the Graduate Students' Union is an independent body within College that represents Postgraduate students throughout College. Upon registration, all postgraduates are automatically members. It is run by two full-time sabbatical officers; this year they are the President, Martin McAndrew and the Vice-President, Andrew McEwan. As the head and public face of the Union Martin is responsible for strategy and policy formulation, as well as sitting on a wide range of committees. Andrew is the Union's Education and Welfare Officer and advises students on academic appeals and supervisor relationships. He's also here to help on more personal matters, such as financial concerns, illness and bereavement. Any discussions about such concerns are treated with the strictest confidentiality.
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Last updated: Jun 10 2013.