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Application Information

How do I apply for a Postgraduate position in Tyndall?

The process for applying for a postgraduate position at Tyndall is:

1. Identify a research project and supervisor.  Details of currently available postgraduate vacancies are found here.

2. Apply to register on a academic programme.  Supervisors will advise as to most relevant academic programme. Students can register on a range of Masters and PhD programmes.



PhD Programmes

All new UCC PhD students will register on a structured programme. This means that students are required to take a number of taught modules alongside their research. The module requirements are shown in the table below. Tyndall leads an exciting new research driven 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.




Module Requirements

What modules can be taken for credit?

CKT60 PhD Eng Sc, Stream 1




CKT60 PhD Eng Sc, Stream 2. PhD with certificate in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship










55 ECTS (of which 30 are ICE)

Wide range allowable including SE modules, UE modules. Other modules to be agreed with Tyndall GSC


Business, Finance, Marketing, Law, Innovation

PhD including:

CKT17 PhD (Science) – Physics

CKT33 PhD (Engineering) – Electrical and Electronic Engineering

CKT39 PhD (Science) - Chemistry


Minimum of 15 ECTS


PG Modules


Some disciplinary modules may be taken if approved by programme

PG Modules


For disciplinary modules, see link to UCC Graduate Studies page


CKT35 PhD (Engineering) - Microelectronics



UE and EE6




  • Information on how to apply to UCC is given below, for further info see here  and here.
  • Information on how to apply to CIT is found here.
  • Academic Application Procedure for Research Postgraduate Programmes, UCC


1. Choose topic then choose a supervisor

You need an honours level degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum of a 2.H1 (second class honours, first class) before being considered to study as a PhD or research Masters in University College Cork. Although students generally choose a topic for their research from their degree discipline you are not restricted to your primary degree subjects. 

Once you know which area or topic you wish to research you then need to contact the UCC Department/School relevant to that area of research and check the availability of an appropriate supervisor. You need to choose a supervisor and discuss your prospective research with them before applying. Your supervisor will let you know if you need to prepare a research proposal and will need to approve your proposal before you submit it. You may need to submit this proposal directly to the department and/or submit it with your online application. Candidates who apply to research programmes in Arts, Law or Medicine & Health are required to submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words, and in Commerce a proposal of approximately 500 words is required.

All Candidates applying to research degree programmes must contact the prospective supervisor to discuss their proposed area of research prior to making a research application. It is not possible to make a research application without having a research topic naming a supervisor, unless you are applying for a specific structured PhD programme.  


2. Apply online

Once you have clarified your research area and have found a UCC Supervisor you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) . You will need to apply at least three months in advance of your estimated start date. There are 4 start dates each year for PhD students; October, January, April and July.

You do not need to supply originals of any document in support of your application to PAC in Galway at application stage. However, you will be asked to produce the original documents in support of your application to UCC when you register.


3. Gather supporting documents

Scans of the following documents will need to be uploaded onto in support of your application. 
Note: you will need the original documents when registering in UCC.

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institution other than UCC

  • Your original Passport or Birth Certificate (non-UCC students only). You will be registered in the name that appears on your passport or birth certificate.
  • Your research proposal (check with your Supervisor if this should be submitted to the department as well).
  • Any supplementary forms requested

If you cannot scan you documents for uploading to PAC then copies of your documents may be posted to:

Postgraduate Applications Centre
1, Courthouse Square


4. Fees and Funding

Fees for all postgraduate programmes are payable in two instalments.
The first part will be payable when you register online with the second instalment payable three months later.

Students may receive funding for their fees and maintenance from a number of different sources:

  • Postgraduate Scholarship awarded by the University under the Postgraduate Support Scheme. Contact your department to discuss these opportunities.
  • Higher Education Grants. Contact to check your eligibility for a grant.
  • Awards from Research Grants. Students should contact their department to explore opportunities. 
  • Check out the following link for further advice about funding your postgraduate studies:pghandbook/funding/fees

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, 

call Graduate Studies, UCC 021 4902876  or email



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