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PhD applications

Interested in doing a PhD?

Individuals interested in pursuing a Postgraduate Research programme in the area of Disability should contact Prof. Michael Shevlin and arrange an appointment to discuss their research interests. A provisional proposal should be available for discussion at this meeting. If the proposal is deemed suitable a supervisor would then be identified and agreed on. Once this has been established the candidate may then proceed to make their application.

There are 2 options when applying for a Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Full time option: From 2 years minimum on the register - to 4 years maximum
Part time option: From 3 years minimum on the register - to 6 years part time maximum

Click here for a structural overview of the postgraduate courses offered by Trinity College.

No closing dates apply to applications for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

Fee information is available on the Treasurer's Office website, however the rates for PhD study at the time of publishing are listed below:

  • Full Time PhD 5,250 (EU fee category) 8,800 (non EU fee category)
  • Part Time PhD 3,675 (EU fee category) 6,100 (non EU fee category)

NB: students must also pay a sports centre charge of 77euro and 8euro USI levy as part of the registration process.

Making your application

You should read the information on the School of Education research page. Please see further details regarding the application process ( The Graduate Studies Office have a research admissions desk and can be contacted with any queries you may have regarding your application. +353 1 896 2968