PhD Study in Ireland – 2023
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PhD Study in Ireland – 2023

With one the world’s oldest higher education system, there is no doubt that Ireland is a popular place to do a PhD. When you study a PhD in the ‘Emerald Isle’ you give yourself the opportunity to experience high-quality teaching and research. As an added bonus for PhD students in Ireland, the country has invested considerably in science, engineering and technology related research.

Why study a PhD in Ireland?

  • Academic legacy – Ireland provides quality and specialised education with three sectors of education: the university sector, the technological sector and the colleges of education. Ireland is also home to some of the top 200 universities in the world.
  • Research opportunities – Universities in Ireland are some of the top research institutes in the world. PhD students have the opportunity to be part of world- renowned research programmes in Ireland.
  • Career opportunities – Ireland has a busy job market that offers post-study work opportunities for graduates in almost all fields. IT, Engineering and Food and Agriculture are some of the most popular careers in Ireland.
  • History and culture – Ireland is steeped in culture with beautiful historical buildings. The country’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin, is recognised for its historic contributions across the world
  • It is an EU country – Ireland’s proximity to the rest of Europe makes it a popular study destination. Ireland is about an hour or two away from most of the major European cities. Not that Ireland does not have enough to offer on its own shores but if you want to go travelling, you can always plan a trip into Europe in your time off!

If you think Ireland could be your PhD study destination, we have more information on applications, fees, funding and visas below.

We cover. . .

  • Applications: We've covered the Postgraduate Application Centre (PAC) which acts like an online portal for PhD applications in Ireland and the documents you'll need to submit with your applications. in our guide, you can also find out whther you'll need to give a langauge test to be able to study a PhD in Ireland.
  • Funding : International students usually pay at least €9,000 a year for a PhD! If you're wondering whether there are any funding options availible for you, our guide covers scholarhips like the Enterprise Partnership Programme, the Government of Ireland Scholarhsip Programme and other non-governmental scholarships and grants.
  • Visas:Find out whether you need to apply for a student visa to study in Ireland and how to apply for one. We also give you a list of documents you'll need to submit with your application and an idea of how much it's ging to cost.
  • Accommodation: If you're wondering where you'll live while in Ireland, look no further than our guide which covers on and off campus accommodation, private rentals and homestays.
  • Working:Thinking of taking up a job while you study? We cover the kinds of jobs you can do, where to find them and, if you're an international student, what permissions you need to have. We also talk about if you can stay and work in the country after you've finished studying as well.

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Last Updated: 06 December 2022