The Department of Government offers a three year PhD, involving in-depth research under the supervision of a member of academic staff. This may be taken full-time over three years or part-time over six years.
Our staff have a wide range of research interests, from political parties and elections, to the European Union and Northern Ireland, to political philosophy and deliberative democracy, to political economy and international conflict, and to gender politics and local government. More information is available on staff members’ individual webpages, available here
Candidates for the PhD must usually have obtained at least Second Class Honours, Grade I, at a relevant primary degree examination.
The progress of PhD students is monitored by a Graduate Studies Committee, chaired by the PhD Director. Over the course of the academic year, PhD students attend the Department of Government seminar series, and are required to make at least one presentation of their research to this forum. Methodology seminars are also provided during the year to support the research process. PhD students are treated as members of the Department’s research community and are assigned to one of the Department’s three core research clusters (Irish politics, International politics and the EU, Governance and democracy). These clusters meet regularly to discuss research, collaborative projects and funding applications.
From October 2013 all incoming PhD/PhD track students register for a structured PhD. The UCC model of structured PhD education comprises a programme of supportive and developmental elements, with a stated minimum level of 15 credits of coursework and training. In addition, all students are supervised by a supervisory team, or have a sole supervisor and a PhD advisor. In the Team Model there are two or more staff members with responsibility for the direction of the student’s research. In the Advisor Model there is a sole supervisor and an Advisor who provides non-academic support and pastoral care to the student.
For a 3 year PhD, the maximum number of credits that can be undertaken is 30 credits. For a 4 year PhD, the maximum number of credits that can be undertaken is 90 credits.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, but there are four start dates: October, January, April and July.
If you are interested in applying to undertake a PhD in the Department of Government, you need to submit an application via PAC (PAC code CKG81), a central processing point for all applications to read for higher degrees at Irish universities. This application will include a research proposal of approximately 1,500-2,000 words. This document should indicate an area of research interest and a research question/issue to be addressed. In terms of identifying a research interest, applicants are encouraged to consult the web pages of Departmental academic staff and should feel free to contact individual members of the Department for assistance/advice. Applicants are also invited to contact the Programme Director Dr. Laurence Davis (email@example.com) who will likewise be happy to advise on the drafting of research proposals. Please note that the proposal is a starting point and is likely to evolve and change during the course of the PhD programme.
Applicants should consider the following framework or structure when drafting the proposal:
▪ Research question/issue/hypothesis
▪ Research context/background
▪ Previous relevant research and/or literatures
▪ Proposed methodology e.g. desk-based research / interviews / participant-observation / focus groups / surveys, etc
▪ Research plan and timelines
▪ Draft bibliography
Steps in the Application Process:
(1) Contact PhD Director and potential supervisors to discuss draft research proposal/prospective application and inquire about any scholarship opportunities.
(2) Once a member of staff has agreed in principle to supervise your research, apply online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre web portal (www.pac.ie/ucc) using PAC code CKG81. Applications should be submitted at least three months before the desired start date (October, January, April, or July).
(3) Await decision. Decisions may take up to two months. Once a decision has been reached you will receive an email alert from the Postgraduate Application Centre to check your application status on the ‘My Account’ section of the online application system. It is important that you check your email regularly.
Further information about the application process, including a link to the PAC application portal, is available here: http://www.pac.ie/main.php?inst=ck&ln=e and http://www.pac.ie/courses/courses.php?inst=ck&mode=r and http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/research/.
Fees for the academic year as a full-time student in 2017-2018 are €5,770 (Home/EU) or €11,540 (International). PhD students are liable for the full fee for four years. Students registering for a fourth year of study, whose fees are not supported by external funding (e.g. through a government or research grant, or industry contract), may apply for a partial fee waiver.
There are a number of postgraduate scholarships available through UCC. Details of these are provided in the College Calendar: www.ucc.ie/calendar/scholarship/sch004. html
Application Deadline: 5 pm, Friday 21 April 2017
The Department of Government at University College Cork is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2017-2018 PhD Government Studentship. The aim of the Studentship is to attract PhD students with outstanding academic promise in any area of government and political science, and to provide them with supervised training and teaching opportunities that will contribute to their professional development. The Studentship is open to both EU and non-EU applicants. It will ordinarily cover PhD fees up to the EU fee level (currently set at €5770 per annum). The scholarship will take the form of fee waivers (which are tax free). Dependent on resources and applicants, the Department of Government will consider whether it can make additional funding available (including up to the non-EU fee level of €11,540 per annum for international students). This scholarship is only open to new applicants and not to existing PhD students of the Department of Government.
The Department of Government’s research and teaching encompasses the full breadth of the discipline of political science, including: Irish politics; comparative politics; political theory; public policy/public administration; the European Union; and international politics. Prospective applicants are therefore encouraged to consult the staff pages of the Government Department website, in which staff outline their research interests and indicate areas of research in which they would be happy to supervise PhD students: http://www.ucc.ie/en/government/people/.
The Studentship will normally be awarded for a period of one year in the first instance, and is renewable for up to three years, subject to annual review. All PhD students in receipt of a Studentship will be required to contribute to the Department’s teaching, through either tutorials, dissertation support for undergraduate or masters students, and/or lecturing. This will normally take the form of a maximum of 60 tutorial hours, a maximum of 48 lecture hours, or some combination of the two, to be agreed with the Head of Department. Prospective applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Department’s Book of taught Modules: https://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/page033.html.
In order to be considered for a Studentship, applicants must submit a formal application to study for a PhD in Government via PAC, a central processing point for all applications to read for higher degrees at Irish universities. Further details about the PhD Government programme, including application procedures, may be found on the PhD page of the Government Department website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/government/phd/. In addition to this material, PhD applicants who wish to be considered for a Studentship must also submit a 1-2 page formal application letter summarising their research and teaching interests and explaining why they believe they should be considered for a PhD Government Studentship. Applicants should outline any teaching, tutorial and dissertation support experience they have and subject areas in which they would be able to teach. Letters should be sent in the form of an email to the Director of the PhD in Government programme, Dr. Laurence Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org), to be received no later than 5 pm on Friday 21 April 2017. Informal queries are also very welcome, and may be directed to Dr. Davis via email. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss possible applications with staff members whose research is most relevant to their areas of interest.
Strategic Research Fund PhD Studentship - suspended until further notice
The Strategic Research Fund (SRF) has been established to support and develop research at UCC. Applications to the SRF are invited from all disciplines across the four Colleges, Research Centres and Research Institutes. For more information see the web pages of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation: www.ucc.ie/research/rio/finding_funding/ strategic_research.html
PhD Scholarship: Fee Waiver for Non-EU Nationals
This scholarship consists of a waiver of a portion of the normal fee. Non-EU students can apply for a scholarship on the same application form as for their PhD programme. This can be downloaded from the International Education Office webpage: www.ucc.ie/en/international
Irish Research Council
The Irish Research Council (www.research.ie) operates a suite of interlinked Research Schemes, such as the IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships and Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowships which fund research at pre- and post-doctoral levels.
A considerable number of students and staff have been successful in their applications to the IRC. The Graduate Studies Office provides grant preparation sessions on ‘Writing an IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Application’. Drop-in sessions are also provided for students prior to the submission date of the application where they can receive expert advice from academics. Attendance at these workshops and the one-on-one drop-in sessions is highly recommended.
NUI Travelling Studentships
These grants are available to NUI graduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences. For further information see www.nui.ie/awards/postgraduates.asp
Local Authority Grants
Applying to your local authority for a grant is another means of acquiring funding for your postgraduate study, although recent changes in the scheme have meant a reduction in the number of eligible applicants. Please visit he website of your local authority for more information, or the Citizens Information Board which provides advice in terms of eligibility for these grants: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/
Further information about fees and funding is available here: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/cost/.
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