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Scholarships, Funding & Fees

Funding Awards

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) realises that financial support structures for students undertaking postgraduate research at our college are critical in attracting world-class students to our campus. Students pursuing research postgraduate degrees in Arts or Education are eligible to apply for MIC awards.

These are available on a competitive basis and at the discretion of the College. Typically, awards provide a subsistence bursary for the normal registration period of benefiting students, and in some cases also off-set tuition fees

MIC offers a number of financial instruments for the support of postgraduate research students. These are:

The MIC Doctoral Award consists of an annual stipend of €12,600 and a full fee waiver. Awards are annually renewable for a maximum of three years. Doctoral Awards are merit based and are awarded by the College (through a HR-approved competitive process operated by the Head of Graduate School) to PhD candidates in Arts or Education. MIC Doctoral Award holders are not required to perform any duties to their department, faculty or the College in general. However, should they wish to gain the experience, they may elect to perform some duties (e.g. tutorial hours) for their academic department. This may not exceed 48 hours per academic year (an average of two hours per week per semester) and may not exceed four hours in any given week. Approval of the relevant Dean will be required in these cases.

Summary

  • Number Awarded per annum: 1
  • Stipend / Fee Waiver: €12,600 and a full fee waiver (Fee Waiver Year 4 but no Year 4 Stipend; No Departmental duties)
  • Duration: 3 years, renewable annually
  • Required Departmental Hours: None (but may elect to provide up to 48 hours maximum)
  • Means of Award: Awarded by the College through HR-approved merit competition
  • Eligibility: PhD candidate (by research & thesis)

MIC Studentship Awards (two offered annually – the Doctoral Studentship and the Postgraduate Studentship) consist of an annual stipend of €6,900 and a full fee waiver. One studentship is reserved for PhD candidates; the second can be awarded to MA or PhD candidates. Awards are annually renewable for a maximum of three years. Studentship Awards are merit based and are awarded by the College (through a HR-approved competitive process operated by the Head of Graduate School) to PhD/MA candidates in Arts or Education. MIC Studentship Award holders are not required to perform any duties to their department, faculty or the College in general. However, should they wish to wish to gain the experience, they may elect to perform some duties (e.g. tutorial hours) for their academic department. This may not exceed 48 hours per academic year (an average of 2 hours per week per semester) and may not exceed 4 hours in any given week. Approval of the relevant Dean will be required in these cases.

Summary

  • Number Awarded per annum: 2
  • Stipend / Fee Waiver: €6,900 and a full fee waiver (Fee Waiver Year 4 but no Year 4 Stipend; No Departmental duties)
  • Duration: 3 years, renewable annually
  • Required Departmental Hours: None (but may elect to provide up to 48 hours maximum)
  • Means of Award: Awarded by the College through HR-approved merit competition
  • Eligibility: 1 PhD candidate (by research & thesis) & 1 PhD or MA candidate (by research & thesis)

MIC Assistantships consist of an annual stipend of €6,900 and a full fee waiver. Awards are annually renewable for a maximum of three years. Holders of Assistantships are obliged to provide up to a maximum of 120 hours of assistance to their home academic department across the academic year (an average of 5 hours per week per semester) and may not exceed 10 hours in any given week. Assistantship Awards are made by the College according to a HR-approved process implemented within academic departments. The scheme, including  appointment contracts, annual renewal and discontinuation of DA awards, is managed by the Research and Graduate School.

Summary

  • Number Awarded per annum: Average of 16
  • Stipend / Fee Waiver: €6,900 (+ Revenue charges = €7,487) and a full fee waiver (Fee Waiver Year 4 but no Year 4 Stipend; No Departmental duties in Year 4)
  • Duration: 3 years, renewable annually
  • Required Departmental Hours: Up to 120 hours maximum
  • Means of Award: Awarded by the College through HR-approved competition within academic departments
  • Eligibility: PhD or MA candidate (by research & thesis)

Fees

The MIC Schedule of fees and charges for Postgraduate Students (research and thesis) is reviewed and approved on an annual basis.

Postgraduate students should refer to the Fees, Charges & Grants page for a fee schedule and contact the Finance Office and/or the Research & Graduate School for updates or clarifications regarding fees.

It is the responsibility of the students to ensure that they understand the fee schedule as it applies to them individually. Fees and charges refer to the AY 2018-2019 only.

  • For PhD students, full fees will apply for Years 1, 2 and 3 of their studies, as this is the minimum registration period for a PhD student under the regulations of the University of Limerick.
  • Thereafter, fees will be calculated with reference to receipt of the ‘soft-bound’ or examination copy of their thesis. Students are required to pay fees before enrolment in their programme at MIC. 
  • Fees may be paid annually in full at the beginning of each academic year. Alternatively, fees may be paid in two equal tranches, the first before 1 October and the second before 1 February each year. 
  • Students may not register or participate in their programme unless course fees have been paid in full.
  • Once registered/enrolled, students must pay their fees regardless of whether they are in attendance or availing of supervision.

For fees liability and cut-off points up to the time the ‘soft-bound’ thesis is submitted, see below:

PhD (Research & Thesis) & PhD (Structured) / MA Research & Thesis
Year 1: Full Fees Apply (both)
Year 2: Full Fees Apply / Full Fees Apply (unless ‘soft-bound’ thesis is submitted before end of Year 1*)
Year 3: Full Fees Apply / Continuance Fees Apply
Year 4: Full Fees Apply (unless ‘soft-bound’ thesis is submitted before end of Year 3*) / Continuance Fees Apply
Year 5: Continuance Fees Apply (both)
Year 6: Continuance Fees Apply (both)

*The effective annual date for fees liability is 1 October 1. Theses must therefore be submitted on 30 September or earlier if the postgraduate is not to incur full fees liability for Year 2 (Masters) or Year 4 (PhD). Liability will be calculated on the basis of each additional semester up to the time the thesis is submitted.

Students’ fees liabilities should end on submission of a ‘soft-bound’ examination copy of their thesis (see table above). If the ‘soft-bound’ examination copy of the thesis is submitted for examination within the three-year period, no further fees should apply.

If the student enters Year 4 without having submitted the ‘soft-bound’ examination copy of their thesis, then full fees for Year 4 will apply. If the ‘soft-bound’ examination copy of the thesis is submitted for examination within Year 4, no further fees should apply. If the student enters a fifth or subsequent year without having submitted the ‘soft-bound’ examination copy of their thesis, Continuance Fees will apply in each of these years.

Continuance Fees

Across the HEI sector in Ireland and elsewhere, Continuance Fees are commonly applied where postgraduate students exceed the minimum registration period for their programme. At MIC, Continuance Fees apply as follows:

  • If a student enters a fifth or subsequent year without having submitted the ‘soft-bound’ examination copy of their thesis, ‘Continuance Fees’ will apply in each of these years up to the point where a student submits the ‘soft-bound’ examination copy of their thesis.
  • Where a student proceeds to examination (see accordion below) and is required to make amendments as set out in the Viva Voce Examiners’ Report, amendments must be completed and a ‘hard-bound’ thesis must be submitted by a Deadline Date set by the Head of Graduate School in line with the regulations (‘Up to 3 months’; ‘Up to 6 months’).
  • Fees will not be payable for the period allowed to make the amendments set out in the Examiners’ Report. This is the period between the Viva Voce and the Deadline Date.
  • However, if the student fails to complete amendments and submit a ‘hard-bound’ thesis by the Deadline Date, then the examination process will be deemed to be concluded. Thus, the candidate’s enrolment will continue on the relevant register in line with Section 5.14 of the UL Handbook of Academic Regulations. In such cases the student will be required to pay either full fees (if in their fourth registered year) or Continuance Fees if they are in a fifth or subsequent registered year. The amount of fees payable will be determined by the MIC Fees Office on a pro rata basis in each individual case where these circumstances arise.

For Viva Voce Outcome Scenarios & Fees Liability, see below:

Result (cf. UL Regulations): The degree of Doctor of Philosophy be awarded.

MIC Fees Liability: No further fees will apply.

Result (cf. UL Regulations): The candidate be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy subject to the correction of any minor errors within a period of three months for reconsideration by the internal examiner.

MIC Fees Liability: 

  • Fees will not be payable for the period allowed to make amendments as set out in the Examiners’ Report.
  • If the student fails to complete amendments and submit a ‘hard-bound’ thesis by the Deadline Date, then the student will return to the register (see above). In such cases the student will be required to pay either full fees (if in their fourth registered year) or Continuance Fees if they are in a fifth or subsequent registered year.
  • Fees will apply from the Deadline Date set by the Head of Graduate School (see text in Section b above). There will be no retrospective fees obligations for any period between the Viva Voce and the Deadline Date.

Result (cf. UL Regulations): The candidate be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy subject to the completion of any prescribed amendments within a period of six months for reconsideration by the internal and/or external examiner.

MIC Fees Liability: 

  • Fees will not be payable for the period allowed to make amendments as set out in the Examiners’ Report.
  • If the student fails to complete amendments and submit a ‘hard-bound’ thesis by the Deadline Date (see above), then the student will return to the register. In such cases the student will be required to pay either full fees (if in their fourth registered year) or Continuance Fees if they are in a fifth or subsequent registered year.
  • Fees will apply from the Deadline Date set by the Head of Graduate School (see text in Section b above). There will be no retrospective fees obligations for any period between the Viva Voce and the Deadline Date.

Result (cf. UL Regulations): No degree be awarded and the candidate continue on the PhD register.

MIC Fees Liability: The student will continue on the PhD register and will be obliged to pay either full fees (if in their fourth registered year) or Continuance Fees if they are in a fifth or subsequent registered year.

Result (cf. UL Regulations): The candidate be awarded the degree of Master of __________ subject to the completion of any prescribed amendments within a period of six months for reconsideration by the internal examiner.

MIC Fees Liability: 

  • Fees will not be payable for the period allowed to make amendments as set out in the Examiners’ Report.
  • If the student fails to complete amendments and / or submit a ‘hard-bound’ thesis in time for approval at the next relevant Examination Board (see above), then the student will return to the register and will be obliged to pay either full fees (if in their fourth registered year) or Continuance Fees if they are in a fifth or subsequent registered year.
  • Fees will apply from the date of the Examination Board nominated by the Head of Graduate School.

Result (cf. UL Regulations): No degree be awarded.

MIC Fees Liability: The students exits. No further fees will apply.

Non-EU (International) Fees

Across the HEI sector in Ireland and elsewhere in the EU, fees chargeable to non-EU students are determined separately from the fee schedule that applies to EU students. A schedule for non-EU fees, labelled 'International' Fees is available from the Fees, Charges & Grants page

Non-EU MIC Doctoral Award holders, Studentship holders and Assistantship holders are granted a full fee waiver up to the non-EU fee level.

Continuance fees, where these apply, will be charged at the non-EU rate.

Grant Aid

From the Academic Year 2017/18 onwards, maintenance/fees grants have been reintroduced for qualifying Irish students by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

Students should see the SUSI website for details.

PGR Travel Support Scheme (Conferences)

Through the Research & Graduate School, the College will support the participation of postgraduate researchers at professional conferences for the purpose of presenting academic papers/posters. This is a contribution towards expenses and may not cover all costs. Where collaborative papers/posters are presented, only one person will be supported by the scheme.

Allocations from the Postgraduate Travel Support Scheme for conferences will be approved through the Research and Graduate School on behalf of the College Research Committee. All postgraduates currently registered and fees compliant are eligible to apply for up to a maximum of €500 per academic year.

Applications and claims are processed by the Research and Graduate School Office. 

Further information on the scheme can be found here.

  • Funding Awards
  • Fees
  • Grant Aid
  • PGR Travel Support Scheme (Conferences)

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