What will I learn?

Course Features

  • Advanced training for research or clinical positions in academia or industry
  • Three years full time or six years part-time
  • Each student's educational, training, personal and professional development needs are supported by a panel of staff

Course Overview

The PhD research programme at UCD School of Psychology provides the highest level of specialization in clinical psychology, disability and rehabilitation, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, and social and developmental psychology. It is designed for students who wish to pursue teaching, research or clinical positions in academia or industry. To complete the PhD, you conduct a research programme, write it up as a doctoral thesis, and undertake 30 credits of postgraduate coursework on modules relevant to your thesis. It takes three years full-time to complete (or six years part-time). You may receive financial support through paid positions as a tutor or demonstrator in undergraduate tutorials or labs.

Evaluation and Assessment

You develop a research and professional development plan (RPDP) that your doctoral studies panel use to monitor your progress annually. The RPDP describes your proposed programme of research and documents your educational, training, personal, and professional development needs. At the end of the first year, you write a transfer report to transfer from stage 1 to stage 2 of the PhD programme, and defend this in a meeting with your doctoral studies panel. The PhD is examined in an oral viva voce examination with internal and external examiners where you defend your PhD thesis. PhD theses describe research which makes an original, substantial, publishable contribution to knowledge and the degree is awarded to candidates who have demonstrated the capacity to pursue original research and scholarship.

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
€12,180.00 (US$ 13,593) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 January 2020, 18 May 2020

Venue

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Room D104, Newman,

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible to enter one of UCD’s PhD programmes, a candidate must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree.  In some cases, a Master’s degree may also be required. In certain cases, a candidate may be able to provide other evidence to the School in order to satisfy the entry requirements of the programme. English language requirements: IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

For international students

You may apply for admission to the PhD research programme if you have obtained, or expect to obtain:

  • An upper second-class honours bachelor’s degree in Psychology or an upper second-class honours Higher Diploma in Psychology (conversion course). The award must be recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland or by the psychology society of the country in which the qualification was awarded.
  • To enter the PhD programme directly, you should have completed a research masters degree in psychology, or you should have completed a taught masters degree in psychology and have three year's experience in a field relevant to your PhD topic.

English language requirements: IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

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