Structured PhD (Earth & Ocean Sciences) full-time

College of Science,
School of Natural Sciences

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 inthe oceans.

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

Group leader links:


Programmes available

Structured PhD, full-time

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.

Areas of interest

    • 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


PAC code


Fees for this course

EU: €4,529 p.a. 2015/16

Non-EU: €13,750 p.a. 2015/16


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Current students


Edward Doyle

MSc. in Biomedical Science student with a BSc. in Analytical & Forensic Science and a BSc. (Hons.) in Industrial Environmental Science

"After completing my degrees I had an opportunity to work within the quality department of an ambitious injection moulding company. Once I made the decision to further my education I concluded that this was the masters that would put me in the most competitive position and afford me the best opportunities to have a meaningful and fulfilling career within this sector.

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."