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Prospective Students

As a truly international university, we welcome applications from prospective postgraduate students anywhere in the world. We hope you will consider choosing a course at Trinity for postgraduate study. At Trinity you will embark on an exciting new journey that will open your mind to new experiences, ways of thinking and friendships, many of which will last for a lifetime. 

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Postgraduate Courses

We currently offer approximately 200 postgraduate courses at certificate, diploma, masters and doctoral level and we introduce new courses annually. Prospective Students who wish to request a copy of the prospectus by post can email the Academic Registry (academic.registry@tcd.ie) with their name and postal address or download a digital copy below.

Postgraduate Operations teams provide information about application procedures and admission requirements, as well as course information to both EU and non-EU students.

All of this information, and much more, is available on the Trinity Study website.

We accept applications for taught and research programmes throughout the year. The postgraduate admissions team and the academic registry can assist with enquiries during the application process. Applications to all of our postgraduate courses must be made online.

Research Register

All postgraduate students who are undertaking a research degree (M.Litt., M.Sc (by research), Ph.D., M.D., M.A.I.) in Trinity College Dublin are deemed to be on the research register. 

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 for taught postgraduate students apply to them.

For any additional queries on research admissions please contact research.admissions@tcd.ie.

Non-Resident Ph.D. Programme

Trinity College Dublin has launched a pilot programme available to students interested in undertaking a structured Ph.D. programme who will be able to access our world-class research talent from the comfort of their homes – be that at home in Ireland or even further away. As part of this programme a candidate is expected to be a fully registered student of Trinity College Dublin with access to our libraries and services whether based on or off-campus. A programme of online seminars and discussion groups will be made available to enable connection with fellow Trinity researchers within and across disciplines.

As this is a pilot scheme, the supervision and progress of all Non-Resident Ph.D. students will be closely monitored by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. For further information on the general requirements of the scheme itself, please contact the Graduate Studies Office directly via genadgso@tcd.ie.

Please note that students on the Non-Resident register are not eligible for any university funding models including the Ussher, 1252 awards and Provost’s Project awards.

Further information is available in the Non-Resident Ph.D. Programme fact sheet. If you wish to discuss applying for a Non-Resident Ph.D. Programme, please contact Research Admissions at research.admissions@tcd.ie.

Higher Doctorates

A Higher Doctorate is awarded to candidates who are judged by the University Council to have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge, as evidenced by the publication of their work of high academic distinction. The University of Dublin, Trinity College awards the following Doctorates:

  • Doctor in Divinity (D.D.)
  • Doctor in Laws (LL.D.)
  • Doctor in Letters (Litt.D.)
  • Doctor in Music (Mus.D.)
  • Doctor in Science (Sc.D.)

The level of attainment required for a higher doctorate is substantially higher than that required for the degree of Ph.D.
For information on Higher Doctorates, please contact our Administrative Officer.