The nature of PhD education is changing, both nationally and internationally. While original research has always been and will remain the core component of all PhD programmes, today’s PhD graduates need a broad range of skills to equip them to develop careers in a range of employment sectors and in an increasingly challenging employment environment.
“The availability of skills development opportunities in Irish
universities reflects student and discipline needs. Consequently, the skills
outlined are not a rigid standard , but rather a guideline which is fully
compatible with the EUA’s Salzburg Principles1, elaborated upon in the
Salzburg II Recommendations in 20102. These principles recognise that
advancement of knowledge through original research is the core
component of PhD education, but PhD education must also
facilitate additional skills development opportunities."
"Consistent with the National Strategy for Higher Education to 20303 and the
EU Directorate-General for Research & Innovation’s Principles for Innovative
Doctoral Training4 the Irish universities, Quality and Qualifications Ireland
(QQI) and the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, support the objective of
developing PhD graduates with the skills necessary to develop and manage
their careers across a broad range of employment sectors, including
academia. To achieve this, Irish universities provide structured support for
students, incorporating research and generic skills development
opportunities, empowering them to make a significant impact in their
chosen career and contribute to Ireland’s ‘social, cultural and economic
development. This support will also aid students in the successful
completion of their studies."
PhD Engineering Science, Structured PhD Programme
Tyndall leads an exciting new research-led structured PhD programme, PhD Engineering Science. The programme recognizes that today’s engineering and science graduates need a wide range of skills in order to build successful careers in academia, research or industry. The doctoral training is inter-institutional and developed and delivered by the national graduate education programmes coordinated by Tyndall. The new programme provides students with structured training in;
Focussed, relevant technical training aimed to equip students with the technical background required to pursue their research topics quickly
Transferable and Generic Skills
Providing training on skills necessary to communicate research work including: presentation skills, technical writing training and information literacy
Innovation, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship (ICE).
One of the unique aspects of this programme is that it provides students with the opportunity to gain a graduate certificate in ICE in parallel with their doctoral studies. This is facilitated by the UCC College of Business and Law. Speaking of the ICE training, Dr. Brian O’Flaherty of the Department of Business and Information Systems said;
“The embedded PG Cert (Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship) takes doctoral entrepreneurial education in Tyndall to a whole new level. The initiative is flexible and complements research in a seamless way. The curriculum is dedicated to unleashing the entrepreneurial potential in Tyndall research students to create bold innovators with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to contribute to economic and societal prosperity.”
Further details of the PhD Eng Sc programme can be found here.
PhD Microelectronics and other PhD Programmes
During the 4 year programme of study, students must take modules to the value of 30 credits, at least 15 of which must be taken from an approved list of modules in the field of Microelectronics (including UE6005). In selecting modules, a student is required to consult with his/her supervisor(s), whose approval is required for the modules selected. The primary determinant for the award of the PhD in Microelectronics is the submission of a satisfactory thesis. A candidate must have passed modules to the value of 30 credits and have achieved an aggregate mark of at least 65% across those taught modules which are not assessed on a simple pass/fail basis before a thesis can be submitted for examination.
Further details of other PhD programmes can be found here.
CIT Postgraduate Programmes. Details of CIT programmes can be found here.
Who can Study at Tyndall?
Our students come from a wide variety of multi-disciplinary backgrounds and disciplines including:
- electrical and electronics engineering,
- life sciences,
- computer science and,
- other relevant science and engineering disciplines.
Most Tyndall students are registered on academic programmes in University College Cork, UCC or Cork Institute of Technology, CIT. However, Students from any University/3rd level college can undertake some or all of their research in Tyndall. The university/institute that you are registered with will award your degree.
Research and supervision is performed at Tyndall and students are required to fulfill the regulations for the awarding of the degree as set forth by their University/3rd level college, the department in which they are registered, and Tyndall.
Masters Degree Programmes
There are a number of programmes available. These include:
- Research-based programmes leading to masters and doctoral (PhD) degrees.
- Taught masters programmes
More details on all the postgraduate programmes available within UCC can be found here.