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Structured Ph.D.

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Applicants for a research degree should have normally obtained a 2.1 honors degree.

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time.

The School’s Structured Ph.D. programme is a development of the traditional Ph.D., where students select an area of enquiry and complete their doctoral thesis under the supervision of a designated supervisor. In this new programme, students, in consultation with their supervisor, may identify specific areas where they would benefit from attending taught modules, where such modules are running in any given year.

Thus, Structured Ph.D. students may attend relevant research methods courses, dependent on their needs in this area, and are also allowed to attend other relevant courses and seminars, up to a maximum of 30 credits over the duration of their studies with us (there is no minimum requirement). Typically, there is no assessment attached to attendance at such seminars and/or courses, and attendance is designed to provide students with additional knowledge and information in order to further develop their skills as researchers in their chosen area of study. Students must produce a thesis up to a maximum of 100k words in length.

The aim of this doctoral degree is to provide an additional level of support to traditional research students, as and when they and their supervisors deem it necessary or desirable.

Prospective students must outline their area of interest in a brief initial proposal which is considered by the School. As such, the School of Education strongly advises those considering application to consult informally with members of the School in relation to their research proposal, in advance of a formal application to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Please see our Research Staff page for more details.

There are only two registration periods (October and April) for degrees by research and applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited. Click here for application information.


Last updated 2 August 2011 kellyva@tcd.ie.