PhD by Research

Applying for a PhD

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 and have questions, please contact Sarah Foley on


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 14th June 2019. A studentship includes payment of fees and a maintenance award, and is made in return for undertaking teaching and other related duties

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