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Entry and Application


 General Information

  1. Applicants are encouraged to read carefully the wide range of information provided by the Graduate Studies Office in relation to pursuing a higher degree by research at Trinity College Dublin (
  2. Applicants are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the specific regulations relating to higher degrees by research as set out in the Trinity College Calendar, Part II (
  3. The School of Business has a dual intake of new students, pursuing higher degrees by research, in March and September each year. The closing date for receipt of completed applications to join the Research Degree Programme for March intake is December 31 and for September intake is 30 June. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as supervisory capacity may be limited.
  4. Applicants intending to study full-time and also intending to apply for either Postgraduate Ussher Awards or Postgraduate Studentships are required to submit a formal application to join the Research Degree Programme no later than 30 April. As the award of Scholarships and Studentships is highly competitive, applicants are advised to commence work in support of a high-quality application many months prior to this deadline.
  5. All Masters Students are accepted on the Master’s register. All Ph.D. students are accepted initially onto the Ph.D. register but must successfully complete the Confirmation Process at the beginning of the second year of registration.
  6. All applicants are strongly encouraged to note that preference is generally given to students who wish to work in areas of research in which a potential supervisor has an existing research interest.   
  7. Applicants who have already been successful during a research grant interview or screening process (e.g. IRCSET, IRCHSS, Funded Research Positions, etc.) should provide relevant details as part of the application process. The application process remains mandatory even if funding has been secured.
  8. Applications for visas should be made to an applicant’s local Irish embassy or consulate.  Detailed information is available on-line at under Citizenship Information.  For information on visa entry requirements contact the Visa Section of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform at

Specific Guidelines

  1. All applicants must normally have an excellent primary degree, and / or professional qualification, in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution. In addition, PhD applicants should have an excellent Masters degree from a reputable institution. All applicants must have a fluent command of the English language. Since the demand for places is extremely high, these minimum requirements do not guarantee admission. Preference is given to the strongest academic applicants.
  2. An applicant must ensure that he / she has filed all of the formally required documents when making an online application. Such documentation must include two academic references; academic transcripts which must be certified by the issuing body; certified copy of degree certificate(s); certified certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS); research proposal, etc. An applicant who encounters difficulties in filing relevant documentation should direct his / her queries to the Research Admissions Office (
  3. Application can be made via our online application system. Please click on the link below and choose the relevant degree:

  4. Once an applicant has submitted an electronic application, he or she will be sent an acknowledgement email to the email address provided when setting up a user account on the electronic system. The electronic portal facilitates ongoing communication in respect of your application to Trinity College Dublin. An applicant can track the progress of his or her application at every stage of the admissions process, update personal information, view decisions made on their application and accept any offers made. For further information see:
  5. Applicants who envisage engaging in research that involves the collection and analysis of large amounts of quantitative data may wish to consider enrolling for a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics ( The closing date for applications is 30 June.
  6. Applications deemed incomplete, due to the absence of key supporting documents, will not proceed for review by the Research Degree Programme Committee.  

Review and Decision

  1. The Research Degree Programme Committee will review the electronic application form and all supporting documents. The Committee must be satisfied that the supervisory capacity in the School exists to see the applicant through to the awarding of their degree, and will take into account the particular expertise of the proposed supervisor. Should all documents be consistent, the applicant will be deemed eligible for admission under the direction of the proposed supervisor.
  2. The Committee may, in consultation with the proposed supervisor, make certain requirements in relation to reading, study or coursework to be undertaken by the applicant in order to compensate for any apparent deficiencies in his / her knowledge that may be essential to the proposed research.
  3. Applicants will be notified through the electronic application system once a final decision has been made.


In the event that an applicant has queries in relation to the application process, all such queries should be directed to Ms. Valerie McCarthy, Programme Administrator,, +353-1-8961027.



Last updated 20 March 2015