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Research Programmes

Entry Requirements

All programmes have individual requirements for entry; see Research Programme listing here.

Before Applying

  • Before making an online research degree application, you must first identify an area of interest and a focus for your proposed research project. This applies to all research programmes (Masters by Research, Traditional PhD, Structured PhD, Professional Doctorate, Monograph or Article-based Thesis [NFQ levels 9 or 10]). In doing so you should consult with a potential academic supervisor or supervisors at MIC, with the relevant Head of Department and with the Research & Graduate School to discuss your ideas. See list of: Faculty of Arts DepartmentsFaculty of Education Departments or search the MIC Staff Directory.
  • You require the agreement of an academic supervisor before advancing your application. While drafting your 3,000-4,000 word research proposal (the key part of your application package), your supervisor must be fully consulted. Your proposal must focus on originality, quality, clarity and feasibility. You will find additional guidelines on how to prepare a research degree proposal here
  • You will require the agreement of two academic referees who can attest to your qualifications and your suitability for postgraduate studies. One of these may be your proposed research supervisor at MIC.
  • Prepare a full current CV for inclusion with your application. Verified academic transcripts for all undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree qualifications held by you will be required. Certified translations must be provided for any documents presented if they are not in the English or Irish language.
  • International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their English language ability meets the required standard for admission by providing the results of an English language proficiency test (such as IELTS - International English Language Testing Score).

Application Form

With all supporting documentation required, you can now download and complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Application Form.

Application Fees

Non-refundable application fees may be applicable depending on the individual programme; see Research Programme listing here.

Application Deadlines

Generally research degree programmes have commencement dates in September and January of each academic year. Some programmes commence in September only, and so you should check this specifically with the Research & Graduate School. 

To meet commencement requirements, you must submit your application before the end of July or the end of November, as appropriate. It is highly advisable to apply well in advance of the deadlines, as places on most programmes are offered on a first come, first served basis. Commonly, most applications are submitted in the April-June period for the subsequent academic year.

Application outcomes

The MIC Postgraduate Research Subcommittee (PRSC), which is a sub-committee of the Research Committee, makes final decisions on applications to all research degree programmes. New applications are considered at regular meetings of the PRSC. Normally you will be contacted within six weeks in relation to the outcome of your application.

MIC Research Application Process
MIC Research Application Process
A short summary of the steps that prospective research students applying to MIC should take

Taught Programmes

Entry Requirements

All programmes have individual requirements for entry; see Taught Programme listing here.

Application Form

With all supporting documentation required, you can download and complete the Postgraduate Taught Degree Application Form.

Application Fees

Non-refundable application fees are applicable in most cases but please confirm this by checking the individual programme in the Taught Programme listing here.

Application Deadlines

Generally taught degree programmes have commencement dates in September on the year that they are running. Application deadlines vary according to the programme. See Taught Programme listing here. It is advisable to apply well in advance of the deadlines, as places on most programmes are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Application outcomes

The MIC Admissions Office will inform prospective students if they are successful in gaining a programme place.

  • Research Programmes
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