Course Details

Course Code(s):
4 Years
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Research
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr. Sean Fair
Address: Faculty of Science & Engineering Email: Telephone: +353 (0)61 202548

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Brief Description

The structured PhD programme is the advancement of knowledge through a high-quality experience of original research which is integrated with professional development. It develops students’ research knowledge and transferable skills through a formalised and integrated programme of activities. This programme develops advanced research skills for postgraduate research students in Science and Engineering Faculty.

  • The PhD consists of two stages: the structured (taught modules) and the research element.
  • The structured PhD provides a taught in a core programme that develops transferable research skills.
  • The structured element also provides specialist disciplinary teaching to bring understanding to international research levels.
  • The research element develops skills for graduates to be active and autonomous researchers.


  • The Structured PhD contains the Taught component (minimum 30 credits) and Research Element (240-330 credits)
  • Taught component consists of general transferable research skills (18 credits: 6 modules at 3 credits each), and subject-specific modules (minimum 12 credits). The research element comprises the remaining 240-330 credits
  1. Applicants will normally be expected to hold an Honours degree (minimum 2.1) or equivalent in a discipline appropriate to their area of proposed research.
  2. Entry points may differ for applicants with postgraduate qualifications. Please contact the Course Director for further information.

Fees for all postgraduate programmes are revised on an annual basis.  Detailed information on fee schedules and fee regulations is available on the Fees Office website. 

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