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Research Degrees M. Sc. (Research) and Doctor in Philosophy (PhD)

The School of Nursing and Midwifery conducts and supervises research within a wide range of areas and welcomes applications from researchers who wish to pursue research degrees.

Both the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Trinity College Dublin have substantial support mechanisms which are available to researchers to assist them in the pursuance of their research studies. The college supports include for example courses in academic writing, computers use e.g. SPSS and Endnote and workshops in research methodologies.

As well as the traditional support offered by the supervisor/s the School of Nursing and Midwifery presents a monthly Research Support and Education Day to assist researchers in their development. These days offer the student both the opportunity to attend the formal sessions but just as importantly, an opportunity to network with other students and staff. The monthly Research Support and Education Day usually includes: Research methods for healthcare classes; Research advice/ ethics and statistical research advice clinics; Experience-based presentation by a PhD graduate and finally, a Professorial seminar series from a range of national and international professors.

Other supports provided by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, include: a website dedicated to research and a discussion board; access to taught research lectures as recommended; opportunities to present research within the monthly Research Support and Education Day and/or on a more formal basis, at the annual Student Colloquium or the annual School International Nursing and Midwifery Conference.

Some examples of comments on student feedback on the research support day are provided below:

I am mostly out collecting data so I haven't always been around Trinity to go to the PhD education days but the ones I have gone to have been very good. I think it's a really great opportunity for students to present in front of their peers and the questions and feedback are very helpful. The research methods for healthcare classes are what interest me the most. I'm using qualitative methodology so it is great that the focus hasn't been completely on qualitative. It's also nice to have lunch together and chat more informally with each other.

The day is very helpful and provides a good combination of cross learning from fellow 'PhD-ites'; alongside a structured course of methodological session.....

The methodological master classes are of a very high standard and in particular I found the classes concerned with questionnaire design and validity and reliability very useful. The sessions from other PhD students are informative and helpful, especially in relation to issues or challenges encountered in the field.

The Research team would love to hear from you if

  • you have any comments or questions about current research activities
  • you have a research topic that you do not see included on these pages
  • you would like to discuss the possibilties open to you to become involved in research

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to hold:

  • at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country and
  • a fluent command of the English language

All graduate students should enter into residence in or near Dublin unless there is an agreement at the start of the studentship to reside elsewhere for part of the time.

Students are supported by academic supervisors throughout their studentship, and on occasion throughout the application process. For those planning to undertake clinical research, the issue of professional registration in Ireland should be discussed with the supervisor pre-admission.

The Application Process

Potential applicants must firstly ensure that they are eligible to apply to do a research degree in Trinity College Dublin. The following web link relays general information regarding the application process to TCD.

If you are eligible the next step before you begin completing any of the forms is to see if we have research expertise and topic areas that you would be interested in.

Explore our research groups are listed on the research webpage . On these pages you will find links to members of staff with their different research expertise within the School. If you want to know more about any member of staff, please click on their name to view their profile page. In this way you will become familiar with the staff of the research group you are interested in and may identify a member of staff that you would like to be a supervisor for you if suitable and available.

In addition to potential students coming with their own specific research questions we welcome applications to specific research topics. These will be available here early in the New Year. Prospective students are advised that for both unfunded and funded research applications they need to contact and work with the member of staff who has posted the research topic or a member of staff whose research area their research is compatible with, so as to develop their proposal to a level suitable for application. It is usually advised that this process starts at least three months prior to registration.

Details of funding application are available on the following weblink. For further information on the application process please contact the Director of Teaching and Learning Postgraduate, Dr Elizabeth Fahey McCarthy

Fees & Payments for M. Sc. Science & Ph. D. Science

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