PhD by Research

PhD in Applied Psychology (Research) Guide for Applicants:

Applications for our PhD programme are welcome throughout the year. However, the University has identified four official starting dates for PhDs: October, January, April and July. You are advised to apply at least two months before your desired start date to allow your application to be officially processed in time for the start date.

Perspective students are encouraged to have a look at our staff profiles and identify at least one supervisor they are interested in potentially working with student is required to have at least two academic supervisors. You may have a supervisor from Applied Psychology and another department or University. Sending a brief CV and cover letter will help the staff member to get a sense of the background of the candidate.


I f the staff member agrees, the applicant and staff member prepare and submit a PhD proposal. For more information on the PhD Proposal and application forms, please contact the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, Dr Sarah Foley (

This proposal will be reviewed by the School of Applied Psychology Graduate Studies Committee before a student can be accepted to the programme.


If the PhD Proposal is approved, applicants must then also apply formally through the UCC application process here:

Further information on fees may be found here.

PhD Students can register on a full-time or part-time basis.



Studentships and External Funding

The School offers a small number of scholarships each year that cover EU Fees. You can submit an expression of interest to the School to be considered for a scholarship as part of your PhD application.

This studentship is awarded for one year in the first instance and may be renewed (on application) for a further three years. Renewal is based on a satisfactory annual review of progress, evidence of your scholarly contribution to your research area and submissions of funding applications.  You will also be expected to attend School seminars and where possible PSI conferences. It is mandatory for new PhD studentship holders to attend a one-day workshop at the start of the first term. You will also attend the Induction Sessions offered by the UCC Graduate Studies Office

Other external forms of research funding include the Irish Research Council funding School supports are available to assist in the application process.

School of Applied Psychology

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