The University of Limerick is highly regarded for conducting leading-edge research in key areas such as information and communication technologies, materials and surface science, biosciences, environment & bioengineering and humanities & social sciences. Research income has increased by 300% in the last five years and the number of PhD students has more than doubled during this period. The strategic plan for the future development of the University includes substantial expansion of research activity and envisages investment of over €130 million on research infrastructure.
In addition to 36 research centres based across the faculties, UL has four world-class centres of excellence. These multidisciplinary research institutes offer an extensive range of graduate research opportunities. The Graduate Research Brochure provides an overview of the research activity within the University from both a faculty and student perspective.
The University offers Structured PhD’s (explore using navigation above) which incorporate a taught element, generic & transferable skills training, and a research element. Students are encouraged to publish their research, and where applicable to develop patent applications and spin-out companies if possible.
Information on Research Degree can be found below, click on the faculty name for a list of programmes. Full details on the application process are available: how to apply. It is imperative that a supervisor is confirmed prior to to completing a full application. If a supervisor and a reseach propsal have not been agreed, please complete an expression of interest form and a research proposal and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Research Postgraduate in the subject line.
Explore Research Postgraduate Programmes in the Faculties
Explore Research at the UL Institutes and Centres of Excellence
The University of Limerick is recognised to have particular strengths in the areas of Materials, Advanced Manufacturing, Software, Health, and Applied Mathematical Sciences.
Further details in relation to the Institutes and Centres are available on the Research website