Aikenhead-McAuley Scholarship

The UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems offers scholarships for its top graduates from the BSc (Nursing) and BSc (Midwifery) to undertake a master’s degree by research within two years of graduating from their primary degree. These scholarships are entitled the Aikenhead-McAuley Scholarships and are open to recent UCD graduates of the BSc (Nursing) General,  BSc (Nursing) Mental Health and BSc (Midwifery) programmes.

One Aikenhead-McAuley Scholarship is available that provides funding to cover 100% of the part-time fees of a master’s degree by research for the duration of two years, and two further scholarships to fund 50% of the fees of a master’s degree by research, also on a part-time basis over two years.

(Please note that University Regulations allow up to four years to complete a part-time master’s degree without requiring an extension; however in the case of scholarship-holders any extension beyond two years would need to be funded by the candidate).

Entry requirements

Please note that these scholarships are only open to recent UCD graduates of the BSc (Nursing) General,  BSc (Nursing) Mental Health and BSc (Midwifery) programmes. These scholarships are not open to graduates from programmes at other institutions.

A First Class Honours (1H) in the final BSc examination is required of applicants. Thereafter, the successful candidates will be chosen on a competitive basis.

In addition to achieving a minimum specified GPA, key criteria include: consistency in the performance of the candidate over the course of his/her primary degree; evidence of the capacity to undertake research (e.g. as indicated in the grade achieved for the undergraduate literature review, participation in a Summer school etc); and the standard of academic writing and evidence of a critical approach in the applicant’s research report submitted on application (see further on).

An applicant who is unsuccessful in acquiring an available scholarship may nonetheless be accepted onto a master’s by research programme on a self-funding (or other funding) basis. In the interests of fairness and transparency, applicants are requested not to approach individual potential supervisors for assistance with developing the research report that accompanies the application. Group information sessions will be organised and publicised in advance if required.

Proposed areas of study

The UCD SNMHS has a number of research groups that detail the areas of research undertaken at the School [Our Research]. Please choose a topic that corresponds to one of these groups. Applicants are required to include a 3,000 word report (a background to the topic) with their application.

Documents to upload with your application

Please follow the steps of the online application process and upload the following documents when prompted:

1. A 3000 word report, preceded by a title page clearly indicating the applicant’s name, student number, and the title of the award for which the applicant is applying.
2. An academic reference from the SNMHS academic most familiar with your academic work.

How to apply

Scholarship applicants should apply to the MSc by Research in the normal way through the online process, but please send an email to indicating to the School administrator the scholarship for which you would like to be considered.

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

When you enter the online application process (link below)

  1. Select Create a new Account or Use an existing Account if you previously attended UCD.
  2. If you were a previous UCD student and have forgotten your ID number / password click here
  3. Select Course Finder
  4. Enter your course Major Code (X___) and press Search.

Major Codes:
Research Masters Degree full-time X219
Research Masters Degree part-time X290