Irish Universities : Graduate Education

All Irish universities offer exceptional graduate education opportunities in all disciplines, both taught and research degree programmes.

There are 7 universities in Ireland all providing cutting edge taught and research training to Masters and PhD students. The seven universities are
Trinity College Dublin
University College Dublin
University College Cork
National University of Ireland Galway
National University of Ireland Maynooth
University of Limerick
Dublin City University

Fully Structured Phd programmes are now available in many research areas in the Irish Universities:

Structured PhD programmes have a strong focus on developing a range of transferable skills, giving the student a more rounded PhD experience which assists greatly in a student’s career upon graduation. The following are key characteristics of a structured PhD programme in Irish Universities. Such programmes may involve inter-institutional collaboration. The structured PhD’s available in Ireland can be characterised as follows:

• The core component of the Structured PhD programme is the advancement of the knowledge through original research
• The structured PhD is designed to meet the needs of the employment market that is wider than academia
• It is a formalised integrated programme of personal and professional development activities
• It enables the development of discipline specific knowledge
• It enables the development of research skills
• It enables the development of generic/transferable skills
• It has declared outcomes (e.g. credits, formal training recognition) ….. in line with national and international best practice (for all training and education components)
• It has declared graduate attributes (e.g. competency profiles) in line with national and international best practice (for all training and education components)
• Supervision is by a principal supervisor(s), with a supporting panel approved by the institution
• Progress to completion is formally monitored against published criteria and supported by formal institutional arrangements in line with national and international best practice;
• Appropriate placements, rotations and assignments across wide sectors of the economy are encouraged for inclusion as part of the structured PhD programme
• Successful completion and examination of the research is the basis for the award of the degree

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