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How to Apply

Higher Degrees by Research  

Opportunities for PhD, MD, MCh or MSc by research positions can arise in the following ways.

  • RCSI invites applications at specific times during the academic year for structured PhD programmes in themed areas.
  • A member of RCSI staff obtains a funding agency grant to conduct a research study and advertises a studentship to attract suitably qualified candidates to complete the project. Usually the member of staff who receives the funding becomes the student's main research supervisor.
  • Individuals wishing to conduct a research project can approach supervisors at RCSI to discuss potential opportunities.
  • A student receives their own funding and approaches potential supervisors to see if they would be interested in supervising the proposed project at RCSI.

When applicants receive an offer to conduct a research project at RCSI, they are invited to submit an online application to register for the relevant higher degree by research. Please click the links below to find instructions and access to this online application system.

Taught Postgraduate Courses

Generally, taught postgraduate courses at RCSI accept applications in early spring each year for classes which begin in September / October. Some courses may have alternative arrangements for the timing of applications and start dates. Please check the details associated with the course in which you are interested from the relevant postgraduate course web page before submitting an application.

Online Application Procedure

RCSI accepts online applications for all higher degrees by research (PhD, MD, MCh, MSc). Before submitting an application, all applicants must have discussed and agreed their proposed research project with their supervisor(s). Applicants must also familiarise themselves with the entry requirements to the programme or degree of their choice. Before accessing the Online Application system it is important that you read the Application Instruction Guide for Users, Privacy Statement and Terms of Use.

Please make sure that you have all relevant supporting documents and an individual, passport-sized photograph ready to upload with your application. You will need to upload evidence of qualifications (transcripts), your most up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and a research proposal (template found here). Photographs must be recent and of the individual who wishes to apply for the degree; group photographs / photocopies of passports cannot be accepted. 

Apply Online

Instruction Guide for Users

Privacy Statement 

Terms of use 

Please direct any questions about the online application system to


Deadlines for registering for a higher degree by research

Prospective research postgraduate candidates can register for a higher degree by research at RCSI on a rolling basis. Each postgraduate research application is reviewed by the School of Postgraduate Studies Board, which meets regularly throughout the year. Students are formally registered as starting in either October or April each year, pending review by the SPGS Board.