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Structured Ph.D.

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.

Application Information

Ph.D. Applications for 2020/2021

For further information about the programme for the academic year 2020/21 please contact: Dr Joseph Roche (programme director) joseph.roche@tcd.ie  or Fiona McKibben/Caroline Morgan (programme administrators) PHDRSRCH@tcd.ie.


Deadlines for application for admission to the Ph.D. register in September 2020:

A full application including all necessary supplementary documentation is required by the deadline date for the application to be considered by the applications committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

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

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. Students take a number of taught modules in addition to writing a thesis of 100K words (max) in length.

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.

There are only two registration periods (September and March) 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.