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Masters Studentships

Masters by Research

Masters by Research

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration to undertake a programme of study for a Master's Degree by Research, a candidate must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours in an approved primary degree or equivalent.


Application Procedure

Masters StudentshipsStudents are advised to consult with the relevant Head of Department/Proposed Supervisor to discuss their proposed area of research prior to making an application through the Postgraduate Applications Centre. In the case of the research programmes offered through the Faculties of Arts, Commerce, Law and Medicine, a typed research proposal (1,500 words approx) must be included with the Postgraduate Studies Application form.

For more information on the Academic Departments in University College Cork and particular research interests, please browse the UCC academic web pages at Staff research interests by faculty and department can also be found on


Application Dates

Masters StudentshipsApplications for research programmes are accepted throughout the year. Prospective students are advised to complete their applications at least two months in advance of their desired start date as all applications go through two different stages of approval - Department and Faculty/College.

The four start dates during the year are January, April, July and October.



A candidate who wishes to obtain a Master's degree by research must pursue a programme of supervised research for at least the equivalent of one year full-time from the date of first registration for the programme. (This becomes two years full-time in the case of the MPhil degree offered through the Faculty of Arts).


Further Information

For further details on the Application Procedures for Research Programmes: Application Procedures for Research Postgraduate Programmes

For detailed information on regulations for UCC research programmes see