Research Degrees


Student in lecture

Research Register

All postgraduate students who are undertaking a research degree in Trinity College Dublin are deemed to be on the research register. The specific degrees which fall into the research degree category are as follows:

  • M.Litt
  • M.Sc (by research)
  • Ph.D
  • M.D.
  • M.A.I.

The regulations which govern students admission to, progression on, and examination on the research register are available in the University of Dublin Calendar Part III and all prospective and current students are strongly recommended to familiarise themselves with these.

Students who undertake a research project or dissertation as part of a taught postgraduate course (M.Phil; M.Sc) are not deemed to be on the research register and the regulations pertaining to taught postgraduate students apply to them.

For any additional queries on research admissions please contact the Academic Registry with the subject "Research Admission" or see www.tcd.ie/graduate_studies.

Submission of Research Thesis

Thesis Submission Guidelines (PDF - 129KB)

All research theses are submitted to the Academic Registry Service Desk where staff will accept your required two copies of your softbound thesis (including two loose copies of your abstract) and will request that you sign a “First Submission/ Revised Submission” form. The information required on the form includes your name and student details; details of the degree for which you are submitting and the full title of the thesis.

This form must be signed and dated by the candidate. If you are requesting someone other than yourself to submit your thesis on your behalf we must receive a “First Submission / Revised Submission” form signed by you and your delegate will be requested to sign also when they submit the work. This form is used for both first (softbound) submission and for subsequent softbound submission/s post initial examination.

When you have received confirmation from the Dean of Graduate Studies of your final result you will be requested to submit two hard bound copies of your thesis. These are also submitted to the Academic Registry Service Desk and a "Final submission" form will be presented to you for signature – this form requests that you confirm that what you are submitting is the final copy of the thesis.

For any additional queries on research submission of first and subsequent theses please contact the Academic Registry with the subject "Research Submission" or see www.tcd.ie/graduate_studies.