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Academic Affairs supports the development of academic policy, regulations and standards for graduate education, provides guidance and information on the development of new postgraduate course proposals and national/transnational collaborative programmes and awards, and provides support to the Dean of Graduate Studies on policy development, strategic initiatives and on the management of the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC).

Academic Affairs, in delivering its remit, works closely with the Graduate Studies Office

Information on Assessment Contingency Measures approved by Council is available from the Return to Campus webpage.


Postgraduate Course Proposals

Postgraduate Course Proposal Timeline

Schools/disciplines considering developing a new programme should contact Academic Affairs (academic.affairs@tcd.ie) in the first instance to discuss the proposed programme. Academic Affairs will provide guidance, support and information on the development of the course proposal, including access to the relevant course proposal template.

The following timeline should be taken into consideration when developing a new course proposal.



Submission dates agreed by GSC in 2020/21 for GSC consideration of course proposals in 2021/22 are as follows:

GSC 7 October 2021

Submission of final draft of course proposal to Academic Affairs (3 weeks prior to GSC meeting – 6 September 2021)

Development of course proposal - timeline:

  • • 12 July 2021 (at least 12 weeks before GSC) – initial contact with Academic Affairs
  • • 29 July 2021 (9 weeks before GSC) – 1st draft submitted to Academic Affairs
  • • 6 September 2021 (5 weeks before GSC) – changes made as necessary
  • GSC 4 November 2021

    Submission of final draft of course proposal to Academic Affairs (3 weeks prior to GSC meeting – 14 October 2021)

    Development of course proposal - timeline:

  • • 3 August 2021 (at least 12 weeks before GSC) – initial contact with Academic Affairs
  • • 9 September 2021 (9 weeks before GSC) – 1st draft submitted to Academic Affairs
  • • 30 September 2021 (5 weeks before GSC) – changes made as necessary
  • GSC 27 January 2022

    Submission of final draft of course proposal to Academic Affairs (3 weeks prior to GSC meeting – 6 January 2022)

    Development of course proposal - timeline:

  • • 21 October 2021 (at least 12 weeks before GSC) – initial contact with Academic Affairs
  • • 18 November 2021 (9 weeks before GSC) – 1st draft submitted to Academic Affairs
  • • 9 December 2021 (5 weeks before GSC) – changes made as necessary
  • GSC 24 February 2022

    Submission of final draft of course proposal to Academic Affairs (3 weeks prior to GSC meeting – 3 February 2022)

    Development of course proposal - timeline:

  • • 18 November 2021 (at least 12 weeks before GSC) – initial contact with Academic Affairs
  • • 26 December 2021 (9 weeks before GSC) – 1st draft submitted to Academic Affairs
  • • 20 January 2022 (5 weeks before GSC) – changes made as necessary
  • GSC 21 April 2022

    Submission of final draft of course proposal to Academic Affairs (3 weeks prior to GSC meeting – 31 March 2022)

    Note: in the event that the proposed course is to be delivered in September 2022 the course proposal will have been submitted by the end of the Michaelmas term. The timelines presented below apply to courses that are expected to commence in 2023).

    Development of course proposal - timeline:

  • • 27 January 2022 (at least 12 weeks before GSC) – initial contact with Academic Affairs
  • • 24 February 2022 (9 weeks before GSC) – 1st draft submitted to Academic Affairs
  • • 18 March 2022 (5 weeks before GSC) – changes made as necessary

  • The document presented to GSC can be accessed here.



    Postgraduate Course Proposal Approval Process

    The main stages of the course proposal process are captured in the graphic below. All new course proposals must be approved by the School Executive Committee and the Faculty Dean before being presented to the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) for consideration.


    • A more detailed version of the stages outlining the development and approval of a new postgraduate course proposal is available here.


    • See below for more resources to aid your course proposal development.

    Changes to Postgraduate Course Title/Start Date

    Schools/course proposers wishing to make a change to a course title or who wish to defer a course start date should complete the applicable form below. Please contact Academic Affairs (academic.affairs@tcd.ie) in order to bring the memo to Graduate Studies Committee.





    Resources to support the development of your proposal