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PhD Studentships


Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, has a worldclass research reputation.Tyndall Building

We offer students the opportunities to undertake supervised research in all departments of the University, at Masters or Doctoral level. Assessment is by thesis which is examined at the end of your study period.

The structure and assessment of research degrees can vary. Students may register either for full-time or part-time study. Students are afforded the choice of studying wholly within the University or in collaboration with Universities within Ireland or Internationally.  Research degrees involve students following their own timetable of academic study, under the supervision of an academic supervisory team.

Why study research at UCC?

  • Expert supervision from leading scholars in their fields, engaged in cutting-edge, international-quality research
  • A large, friendly and diverse graduate community
  • Regular research events (conferences, workshops, seminars)
  • Generic and transferable skills modules provided free of charge to Research Students
  • Attractive campus and stunning local scenery, located in a city-centre location
  • We have over 60 research centres and institutes that conduct multidisciplinary research


PhD Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration to enter on a programme of study and research for the Degree of PhD, a candidate must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours, Grade I, in an approved primary degree, or equivalent

Students will be subject to a review within 12 to 18 months from the date of registration and will be required to demonstrate progress in the form of 10,000 words minimum written work, as well as defending their work at interview. Students may then, on the recommendation of the Head of Department, Supervisor and the approval for the College/Faculty transfer to the PhD. Appropriate Masters' graduates with at least Second Class Honours can also apply for direct entry to a PhD.


How Do I Apply?

Applications for all taught Postgraduate courses in UCC can be made through the online Postgraduate Application Centre (PAC) at PAC opens for applications for programmes commencing in Sept/Oct 2017 on December 3rd 2016.


Application Procedure

Students 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.

For more information on the Academic Departments in University College Cork and particular research interests, please browse the UCC academic web pages at

For taught and research programmes, all EU students can now apply on-line and track the status of their application at all stages. The application procedure to be followed for taught and research programmes vary so please follow the links above for further information.

  • Application Procedure for Taught Programmes
  • Application Procedure for Research Programmes
  • Frequently Asked Questions for Research Programmes

Please note that there are closing dates for all taught programmes. Students applying for research programmes may do so at any time during the year. We do advise however that you apply at least two months in advance of your proposed start date and that you have discussed your application with your proposed supervisor before making an application.

N.B. Please note that the address for the Postgraduate Applications Centre in Galway is:

Postgraduate Applications Centre
1, Courthouse Square