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Information for Postgraduate Taught Students

Students on our Postgraduate Taught Programmes can find information on Fees and Registration, Exams, the University Calendar and Thesis Submission in the sections below.

The Graduate Studies Office offers guidance to postgraduate students who are undertaking a taught course. Digital copies of the latest Postgraduate Handbook and PhD Guide are available to download.

Fees and Registration

FEES must be paid prior to registration. You will not be able to register until fees have been received.
Read more: Academic Registry - Fees & Payment.

REGISTRATION is mandatory for every student on an annual basis. It cannot be completed until any debts owed to the College have been paid and until fees for the forthcoming year have been paid, or pledged as payable by an education authority. Late registration and replacement charges will be enforced unless ad misericordiam grounds are presented to the Dean of Graduate Studies and confirmed with documentation.
Read more: Academic Registry - Registration.


Students may be required to attend a viva voce examination. Students failing to pass taught modules may present for supplemental examination or re-submit required work within the duration of the course, if and as provided for in the course regulations. See section 3.5 Examinations, assessment and progression of Calendar III.

Thesis Regulations

The Regulations for Thesis Submission are outlined in the Calendar Part III.
The research examinations team are responsible for sending regularly updated thesis submission guidelines to research students who are expected to submit. The onus is on the student to read and understand these guidelines. If you have any questions related to thesis submission contact Academic Registry.


The University of Dublin Calendar (parts I, II and III) outlines the regulations for students. It is important for postgraduate students to read and understand the specific regulations for your taught course or programme. Part III of the Calendar deals with both general and course specific regulations for postgraduate study (taught and research). Read More.

Deans Grace

The normal deadline for thesis submission is the last day of August for September registrants, and the last day of February for March registrants.

Dean's Grace only applies for the following dates:

1 September to 30 September for September registrants

1 March to 31 March for March registrants.

Dean's Grace of one month free of fees to submit is granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies and is automatically applied to all research students registrations in their expected final year (this is end year 2 for fulltime Masters by research candidates; end year 4 for fulltime PhD candidates; end year 3 for part time Masters by research candidates and end year 6 for part time PhD candidates).

Your student ID card has been set up with Dean’s Grace included. If you are intending to avail of Dean’s Grace at the end of year 2 or 3 (fulltime PhD registrants only) you may submit on or before 30 September without penalty (for September registrants) or 31 March without penalty (for March registrants).  You will receive an annual invoice and invitation to register through your portal, as it is generated automatically for expected continuing students. You do not need to action anything as long as you submit prior to the end of the Dean’s Grace period.

If you are at end year 4 (fulltime PhD registrants only) your ID card will remain active through the Dean’s Grace period and you may submit without penalty on or before 30 September (for September registrants) or 31 March (for March registrants).

Part time research students who are in the expected final year of study will have Dean’s Grace applied to their registration as per the above dates.

Part time research students seeking to submit before they have completed 6 years on register (3 years on register for part time research Masters students)  must make contact with the academic registry prior to submission to ensure that their ‘early submission’ invoice is generated and cleared. 

Academic Appeals

The Academic Appeals Committee for Graduate Students will consider appeals arising out of examinations, and other academic circumstances, from registered graduate students where the graduate student's case (i) is not adequately covered by the ordinary regulations of the College, or (ii) is based on a claim that the regulations of the College were not properly applied in the applicant's case, or (iii) represents an ad misericordiam appeal.

An appeal other than an ad misericordiam cannot be made against the normal application of College academic regulations approved by the University Council. Appellants should first have pursued the course of action most appropriate to their case. The Academic Appeals Committee will consider appeals concerning events occurring more than 4 months previously only in the most exceptional circumstances.

More info on the Appeals Process for Graduate Students can be found in the College Calendar Part III.