PhD by Research

PhD in Applied Psychology (Research) Guide for Applicants:

Applications for PhD 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.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD by Research in the School of Applied Psychology, please contact PhD Tutor Dr Sarah Foley ( with your expression of interest and information on your topic of interest so that it can be forwarded on to the relevant potential supervisors.

Each student is required to have at least two academic supervisors who will be suggested based on the student's topics of interest.

Sending a brief CV and cover letter will help the staff member to get a sense of the background of the candidate.

Applicants must 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 studentships each year. You can submit an expression of interest to the School to be considered for a studentship as part of your PhD application.

The studentship is inclusive of academic fees at the Home/EU rate and a small annual stipend (approx €4,000). Studentship holders assist in the teaching of research methods and statistics modules in the School with training and support provided.

This studentship is awarded for one year in the first instance, and may be renewed (on application) for a further two 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.  Also your work in the School, in terms of quality and reliability will be monitored; you will 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

If you would like to be considered for a studentship you must make your application before the 9th July 2021. A studentship includes payment of fees and a maintenance award, and is made in return for undertaking teaching and other related duties.

Other external forms of research funding include the Irish Research Council funding, which we will support you to apply for. If successful, applicants receive €18,000 per year, as well as fees and travel support.

School of Applied Psychology

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