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

Mark Gleeson

MSc in Biomedical Science student with a BSc Mathematics & Physics

"Having completed a degree in Mathematics & Physics, followed by a two year break from academia, I decided to pursue a career in biomedical science. I was looking for a Masters that incorporated concepts from my background but also explored avenues across a diverse range of topics that are breaking new ground in the biological field. Advanced tissue engineering and medical & radiation physics were two modules that attracted me at first, but after completing the first half of this semester I have been introduced to many more fascinating topics. I find the course to be very well balanced in terms of content and practical work in labs. The labs are very engaging and interactive with a great hands-on approach.

The department of biomedical science is very friendly and encouraging; the lecturers are passionate about their fields and strive to help us reach our full potential in the course while making us feel like valued participants of the discipline itself."