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The Trinity PhD

The Trinity PhD is awarded to those who have been able to demonstrate: a systematic comprehension of a field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research associated with that field; that they have the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial process of research with scholarly integrity, rigour and discrimination, which may involve the development of new skills, techniques, tools or materials; that they are capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas; that they have made a significant contribution through original research which extends the frontiers of knowledge by developing a body of work, some of which merits publication in national or international refereed publications; that they can communicate with their peers, the larger scholarly community and with society in general about their areas of expertise in a sustained and exact manner; that they can be expected to be able to promote, with due regard to ethical considerations, within academic contexts, scientific, technological, social or cultural advancement.

In TCD, a structured PhD is deemed to be one within which:

  • A student is registered for a period of up to 4 years
  • A student is required to undergo a rigorous transfer/confirmation examination during their 2nd year
  • A student can avail of skills training and advanced disciplinary modules during the course of their degree, up to a specified limit (currently 30 ECTS in total prior to transfer/confirmation in the 2nd year).