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Ph.D. and Masters Degrees by Research

New PhD Opportunity
Clinical Speech and Language Studies, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin has recently launched 40 fully funded PhD positions across a wide variety of disciplines. These doctoral awards are generously funded through alumni donations and Trinity’s Commercial Revenue Unit. Awards are open to EU and Non-EU candidates and include full PhD fee payment for four years and an annual student stipend of €16,000. An award has been funded for the following project:
Impact of a novel swallow pre-habilitation programme on adults with oesophageal cancer        
Supervisor: Dr. Julie Regan
The successful PhD student will be involved in a robust interdisciplinary research project based in the Trinity College Dublin Dysphagia Centre ( and in collaboration with Prof. John Reynolds, Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, in the National Centre for Oesophageal Cancer in St. James’ Hospital, Dublin.
This project will investigate if a new intensive swallow pre-habilitation programme is associated with improved clinical and quality of life outcomes in adults with oesophageal cancer. Specific PhD student roles over the four year period will include recruitment, data collection and analysis and provision of intervention. The successful applicant will produce an independent piece of research in the form of a PhD thesis based on this research project.
Application Process
The deadline for online applications is 5pm on Monday 1st April 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. Informal enquiries should be made to Julie Regan ( or +353 1 8961492). Applications should be emailed to Julie Regan ( Applications should include:

  • A curriculum vitae (including two referees)
  • A cover letter (maximum 1000 words) including research interests, proposed theoretical framework, research questions and why the applicant is suitable for this project.

The successful applicant will subsequently apply to register as a PhD student through the Trinity College Dublin central portal and must meet all requirements for registration in order to be eligible for this award.

  • A professional qualification in speech and language therapy
  • Qualified to work in the field of dysphagia
  • Eligible for CORU registration (registration with CORU for those applying from overseas can take many months so candidates should ensure they are likely to meet requirements before applying for the studentship)


  • Clinical experience in the field of dysphagia
  • Prior experience of conducting research and data analysis
  • Training in the analysis of videofluoroscopy or Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) examinations.

Exciting PhD Opportunity

The School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences is offering two fully funded PhD Scholarships, covering fees (EU and non-EU), and an annual stipend of €16,000 for four years for registrations starting in September 2018. One scholarship will be funded in each of the following two disciplines:

  • Clinical Speech and Language Studies. Research Project My day, my life and me (Supervisor: Dr. Martine Smith)
  • Trinity Centre for Asian Studies. Research Project Multilingualism in Hong Kong (Supervisor: Dr. Lorna Carson)


The School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences offers a variety of research degrees leading to the award of a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) or a Master's degree (M.Litt. or M.Sc., depending on the subject area). Our School has a reputation for international excellence in terms of our research supervision. We currently have some 50 students registered for M.Litt./Ph.D. degrees across a broad range of research areas.

A Ph.D. normally takes between 3-4 years of full-time research and writing to complete, subject to satisfactory progress being demonstrated at each stage of the process, through annual reports, the confirmation process and final viva voce examination, as well as completion of the structured Ph.D. component (10 credit module). The M.Litt. degree generally takes between 1-2 years of full-time research.

If you plan to apply for a postgraduate degree by research, you are advised to contact our Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, Professor John Saeed,with your research proposal and an up-to-date CV in order to arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the academic staff pages for further information regarding possible areas of supervision. Please contact the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning by email, attaching a research proposal (no more than 7-10 pages), which outlines your area of interest and the focus of your proposed research project before making a formal application online. The research proposal should include theoretical background, rationale for the project, proposed methodology and a timeline.

Please note the following:

There are two possible start dates for doctoral students, 1 March and 1 September of each year.

Applications are made online:

Students commencing the M.Litt. or Ph.D. programme must complete a 10 ECTS taught module from a menu of choices in our School and elsewhere in the university. These modules run in the first and second terms each year, and full-time research postgraduates students are expected to complete at least one module within the first 18 months of registration. Students should discuss their choice of module with their research supervisor, and email the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in order to confirm availability and register.

Ph.D. students must also undergo a confirmation process, typically during the second year. This involves the submission of a confirmation report for consideration by a panel of School staff, followed by an interview. Students must be confirmed before they can submit a Ph.D. thesis for examination.

Normally, graduate students should be resident in or near Dublin. In exceptional circumstances the Dean of Graduate Studies, after consultation with the graduate student’s supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, may permit a graduate student to undertake a significant portion of the work for their degree outside Dublin. A ‘Remove Supervision’ policy is in place to address this: Permission for such remote supervision is only granted by the university on an exceptional basis and for academic reasons which would require a student to spend time away from the university for data collection purposes. This also involves a local, co-supervision arrangement in place when away from the university, which must be fully approved and agreed in advance.

The current handbook for Masters and Ph.D. Students in the School contains information which will be useful for prospective students: PDF| MS Word

All registered postgraduate students are required an annual progress report with their supervisor before the end of the academic year. The annual reporting process must be fully completed by May 1st for students who registered in September and by November 1st for those who registered in March. Annual progress reports should be completed by students and research supervisors, and submitted in soft copy to the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning.

Further information on research degrees and the regulations which pertain to each are found in the University Calendar, Part 3.

Current Postgraduate Students

Personal pages of some of our Ph.D students:


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