Research Masters Degree

The Research Masters degree provides students with rigorous research training and an opportunity to complete an independent research study, presented as a major thesis. The programme may encompass additional formal instruction in research methods. The period of registration for the Research Masters degree will normally be not less than 1 calendar year and not more than 2 years for a full-time student and not less than 2 years and not more than 4 years for a part-time student. Applications for entry to the programme are welcome from those in nursing, midwifery or a health-related discipline.

Programme Brochure

How to apply

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

Documents to upload with your application

Please follow the steps of the online process and attach the following documents when prompted (please insert your full name into the header of each file you attach): A personal statement of not more than 150 words outlining your reasons for applying for the programme.

  • A 3000-word report, preceded by a title page clearly indicating your name, and the programme for which you are applying. The report should be based on a contemporary issue in your field of practice or in your discipline of inquiry. Your report should outline the background to the issue and highlight current published literature on the issue. The report may concern an issue of particular concern to you and may become the subject of your research thesis.
  • Articles that you have had published if applicable.

Additional documents to forward with your application

In addition, you will need to forward the following documents to the address below. Note that an offer of a place cannot be made until all documents have been received.

  • Official transcripts of your bachelor’s and master’s degrees as appropriate.
  • An Academic Reference Form in a sealed envelope from a person familiar with your academic work.
  • Evidence of meeting the English language requirements (if applicable).

Please clearly label all documentation and forward to:
The Research Degrees Administrator,
UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4

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