Course Overview

All PhD students in the College of Science will enrol in a Structured PhD.

Short summary of the research area.

Biogeoscience Group 
Studies of the Irish sea floor and marine—groundwater interactions. 

Geofluids Group 
Investigations into the role of fluids in the mineralogical, chemical, and structural evolution of the Earth's crust.

Magmatic Studies Group 
Investigations into the petrogenesis of magmatic and related rocks.

Oceanography Group
Studying physical, chemical and biological interactions in the oceans.

Important: Applicants must speak to the research group leader before applying via CRM Recruit.

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Programmes Available

Structured PhD, full-time


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enter on a programme of study and research for the degree of PhD you must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of your fitness.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

  • Physical habitat mapping 
  • Caledonian/Variscan geology 
  • Other geological topics 
  • Marine geophysics 
  • Land-based geophysics 
  • Hydrogeology 
  • Physical oceanography 
  • Chemical oceanography
  • Palaeontology and Evolution
  • Carbonate Sedimentology
  • Metals in Groundwater
  • Coastal Karstic Aquifers
  • Integrated catchment management
  • Sedimentary Provenance (new techniques and applications)
  • “Source to Sink” modelling of sedimentary basins
  • Evolution of modern and ancient large-scale drainage systems
  • Climate records in sedimentary archives
  • Ocean acidification
  • Carbon cycling in coastal waters
  • Trace element cycling in coastal waters


Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€15,000 p.a. (€15,140 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

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Coming from a chemistry background subjects such as Molecular Medicine and Radiation & Medical Physics sparked my initial interest, and after completing Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials they both have further reignited my thirst for knowledge. Subjects taught such as Tissue Dynamics and Stem Cell Mechanobiology along with learning about polymers and ceramics begin to tie together when both of the above modules demonstrate how scaffolds are developed and implemented within the body. Cell & Molecular biology has bridged the gap from chemistry to biology and the business module is challenging, making you think way outside of the scientific mentality that was previously instilled. Overall, the masters is very diverse, striking a balance between theory and laboratory work. Mary, Terry and the rest of the biomedical staff have been encouraging, approachable and extremely supportive throughout the course making sure you never feel debilitating pressure so you can reach your true potential.