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Ph.D. Programme

The School of Biochemistry & Immunology provides doctoral training through the provision of a structured programme of research and study. The core component of a structured Ph.D. programme is the advancement of knowledge through original research. Through conducting research, engaging in associated research-related activities and attending courses, our Ph.D. students are supported in their development of a range of skills that meet the needs of an employment market that is wider than academia. The high quality research experience, training and outputs are consistent with international norms and best practice.

1. Getting started

Postgraduate opportunities in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology can be viewed on the School's Research 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

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

  1. Certified copies of your degree results (in the case of TCD applicants your previous student number will allow access to your grades from student records)
  2. Proof of EU status if submitting an EU application.
  3. Proof of English competency for applicants whose mother tongue is not English. The graduate studies office require that you provide a certificate which states that your undergraduate degree was completed entirely through the medium of English or that you have passed a recognized English competency exam. Exams currently recognized include:
    - IELTS minimum standard score: 6.5
    - TOEFL minimum standard scores: 230 (computer based), 570 (paper based 0, 89 (internet based).
    - Cambridge certificate of advanced English or Cambridge certificate of proficiency in English: minimum level grade C.
  4. References from two referees on the official TCD graduate student reference form.

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.

Contact Details

Prof. Rachel McLoughlin
Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate).