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An Coláiste Ollscoile Baile Átha Cliath National University of Ireland, Dublin Ollscoil na héireann, Baile Átha Cliath Science (Postgraduate Programmes) Session 2004/05 2 Science Postgraduate Programmes

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An Coláiste Ollscoile Baile Átha Cliath National University of Ireland, Dublin Ollscoil na héireann, Baile Átha Cliath Science (Postgraduate Programmes) Session 2004/05 2 Science Postgraduate Programmes Contents Introduction...5 Scholarships Awarded in the Faculty of Science...6 Funding...6 Fees...7 University Services...8 Dates for Academic Session 2004/ Postgraduate Programmes Duration of Courses Proficiency in English Research Supervision Regulations for the PhD Degree Admission and Entry Requirements for MSc and MApplSc Degrees Application Procedure Registration Summary of Postgraduate Courses Recently Introduced Postgraduate Programmes Course Details for College Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Diplomas Certificate in Safety and Health at Work Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Higher Diploma in Actuarial Science Higher Diploma in Advanced Software Engineering Higher Diploma in Computational Science Higher Diploma in Computational Science (Secondary Curriculum) Higher Diploma in Computer Science Higher Diploma in Mathematical Science Higher Diploma in Statistics (full or part-time) Higher Diploma in Ubiquitous and Multimedia Systems Course Details for MSc Degrees (Mode I) Course Details for Taught MSc Degrees (Mode II) Master of Science in Advanced Software Engineering Master of Science in Botany Master of Science in Cognitive Science Master of Science in Computational Science Master of Science in Mathematical Physics Master of Science in Mathematical Science Master of Science in Mathematics Master of Science in Meteorology Master of Science in Plant Molecular Biology Master of Science in Radiological Sciences Master of Science in Statistics Master of Science in Ubiquitous and Multimedia Systems Course Details for MSc Research Degrees (Mode III) Master of Science in Mathematics Course Details for Master of Applied Science Degrees Master of Applied Science in Computer Science Master of Applied Science in Environmental Science Master of Applied Science in Food Science Master of Applied Science in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) on Published Work Departments, Staff and Research Interests Faculty of Science Office Biochemistry Botany Chemistry Cognitive Science Computer Science Environmental Science Experimental Physics Food Science Geology Industrial Microbiology Mathematical Physics Mathematics Occupational Safety and Health Pharmacology Physiology Psychology Statistics and Actuarial Science Zoology Science Postgraduate Programmes Introduction Professor Michael J. Kennedy Dean, Faculty of Science Research is an important part of the Faculty of Science's contribution to UCD. The Faculty accounts for nearly 60% of the total annual research income of the University and this is reflected by having over 400 students presently registered for the PhD and smaller numbers involved in research for the MSc. We also have significant numbers of postgraduate students on Taught Masters and Higher Diploma programmes. As the largest and most diverse Science faculty in Ireland, the Faculty of Science in UCD is proud of the breadth and quality of our taught postgraduate programmes and the excellence of our research and the research students who contribute to it. This research would not be possible without support from national and international funding agencies and from industry, all of which is gratefully acknowledged. Postgraduate Study in Science in UCD is a rewarding experience ask anyone who has done it! Every field of human knowledge develops its own complexity of questions. A single molecule of water cannot boil, cannot freeze, but collectively water molecules can do both. Understanding science is a discussion of questions in the context of the complexity or hierarchy of concepts developed. That hierarchy goes from humanities, through the social sciences to biology, to chemistry, physics and mathematics. Be openminded; knowledge of one other field will sharpen your ability to scrutinise more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, your field of research. Now more than ever we need thinking individuals who will lead humanity towards technologies that will improve society, rather than technologies that simply improve technology itself. 'We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these Professor Ciaran Regan sympathetic fibres, our actions run as causes and Associate Dean (Postgraduate) return to us as results' Herman Melville. 5 Scholarships Awarded in the Faculty of Science Government of Ireland Research Scholarships in Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) Postgraduate Scholarships Award This scheme offers opportunities for outstanding students to pursue a postgraduate degree by research supported by a scholarship awarded by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology. Scholarship awards are up to a maximum of 19,050 per annum. A formal call for submissions from interested students is advertised in the national newspapers in late January and the funding starts in the following academic year. Application forms and further information are available from: IRCSET, First Floor, Brooklawn House, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Telephone: Website: Open Postgraduate Scholarships These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are available equally to graduates of University College Dublin and other universities. They are tenable for one year of full-time postgraduate study at University College Dublin. The Faculty of Science usually awards six Open Postgraduate Scholarships annually, each to the value of 1,270, to students registered for postgraduate research programmes with the Faculty. Application forms are available from the Office of Postgraduate Studies, University College Dublin, Library Building, Belfield, Dublin 4. Telephone: , Funding Research Grants Many postgraduate students are funded through grants to Supervisors. Opportunities for funding should be discussed with the relevant department. Higher Education Grants Grant holders who complete a primary degree course may have their grant renewed in order to undertake a full-time postgraduate course. To apply for renewal, final year students should inform the UCD Grants Office in June, and write to their Local Authority when they have completed their primary degree. The grant, which covers fees and possibly a contribution to subsistence, may be renewed in subsequent years. Further information is available from the Fees and Grants Office, Michael Tierney Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 Website: Telephone: / Science Postgraduate Programmes Research Demonstratorships Up to one hundred and sixty Research Demonstratorships may be awarded in the Faculty of Science to students registered for postgraduate research degree programmes. These Demonstratorships are awarded to EU Students only. Eligible students must therefore be EU nationals registered for a postgraduate research degree with at least an upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent. Students who have IRCSET scholarships and others who are being supported by research contracts or other substantial grants are not eligible for Research Demonstratorships. Research Demonstratorships are awarded for three years to PhD students and two years to MSc students. Recipients are required undertake six hours per week teaching/demonstration duties during term. In 2003/2004, the value of this demonstratorship was as follows: Demonstrating Salary 3,037 per annum Scholarship Supplement 5,363 per annum Total 8,400 Research Demonstratorships are awarded on the recommendations of individual departments to students who intend to register for postgraduate research programmes in that department. Fees All students admitted to University College Dublin will be assessed for fee status. Students are liable to pay programme fees to the University for each semester of any course they undertake until the course has been completed. Fees are payable from the commencement date of the semester in which the student registers. In addition to programme fees, students must budget for their own maintenance, including accommodation. University fees are fixed for each year and are subject to an annual increase. Non-EU students will pay a fixed PhD fee for the first three years, or a fixed MSc fee for the first two years. A European Union passport, EU citizenship, or refugee status, does not grant automatic entitlement to European Union fees. European Union fee rates shall apply only to students whose principal residence for the purpose of taxation has been in a European Union member state for a minimum of three of the five years prior to entry to University College Dublin. Residence as a full-time student does not qualify a student for EU rates. Any student who does not meet the residency regulation will be required to pay the non- European Union fee rates. Documentary evidence in relation to fee status will be sought where it is deemed necessary. Further information and details of current postgraduate fees are available from the Fees and Grants Office, Michael Tierney Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 Website: Telephone: /1434 7 University Services 8 New Students to UCD Useful information for students coming to University College Dublin for the first time is available from the university's website at Accommodation Office On-campus accommodation is available for over 1,200 students in Roebuck Hall and in the custom built Merville and Belgrove Residences. This accommodation consists mainly of fully equipped three and four-bedroomed apartments with 10% of accommodation reserved for postgraduate students. A computerised list of off-campus lodgings is available from the Accommodation Office together with information on a limited number of flats, houses, bed-sitters and owner-occupier accommodation. For further details telephone: or Careers and Appointments Office The Careers and Appointments Office has a well-developed careers and information library. It provides a careers advisory service to students in their final year and to postgraduate students. For further information telephone: or Computing Services UCD Computing Services provides personal computing facilities, computer networking and advice and technical support to students in the College. There are over 60 open access rooms, some of which are reserved exclusively for postgraduates. Additional information can be obtained from the website: International Office The International Office provides information and advice to international students on a range of issues including immigration procedures, accommodation and administration procedures in UCD. For further information visit the website: telephone: or Libraries All registered UCD students are entitled to use and borrow books from the College Libraries. UCD has the largest open access library in Ireland and students have free access to most of the books in stock. Library tours are available at the beginning of each academic year and staff are always available at the information desks. Study Rooms A limited number of single study rooms are available in the Main Library for postgraduates. Rooms are issued for two weeks. Science Postgraduate Programmes Academic Libraries Co-operating in Dublin (ALCID) The ALCID programme is designed to facilitate research and co-operation between academic libraries in Dublin. An ALCID card will give access to the libraries of Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal Irish Academy, St. Patrick's College, and the Mater Dei Institute. Further information is available from the Library website: Postgraduate Studies Office The Postgraduate Studies Office may be contacted as follows: Website: Telephone: Fax: Sports Facilities The sports facilities at Belfield are among the best in the country. There are twenty pitches, five floodlit training areas, eleven tennis courts, an athletics track, two synthetic grass floodlit pitches and a modern Sports Centre. The Sports Centre has two large sports halls, squash courts, handball/racquetball alleys, a climbing wall, a sports injuries clinic, sauna, sports bar, barber shop and a sports shop. Off campus facilities include a modern boathouse at Islandbridge. Further information is available from the Department of Sport Website: Student Health Service This confidential service is provided free of charge by the University and is available to all students. Information regarding medical cards and other health entitlements is also provided. Medical Officers (both male and female doctors are available), Psychologist/Psychotherapist and Consultant Psychiatrist are available by appointment. Disability Support Service The aim of the Disability Support Service (DSS) in University College Dublin is to support students with a disability in their studies at UCD. Specific needs of each student are dealt with on an individual basis. Further details are available from the website: Telephone: Dates for Academic Session 2004/2005 First Semester Michaelmas Lecture Term 16 September December 2004 Second Semester Hilary Lecture Term 10 January March 2005 Trinity Lecture Term 4 April April 2005 With a small number of exceptions, postgraduate programmes begin in the last week in September each year. Please refer to the information on Fees on page 7. 9 Postgraduate Programmes The following postgraduate programmes are offered in the Faculty of Science: Certificate Diploma Higher Diploma Degree of Master of Science (MSc): Mode I by research and thesis. Offered by all departments. Mode II by course and examination. Mode III by research and examination. Degree of Master of Applied Science (MApplSc) by course and examination. Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research and thesis. Offered by all Departments. Duration of Courses The duration of degree and diploma courses are normally as follows: Diploma courses One year Master's Degree by course and examination (Mode II) Normally one year Master's Degree by research Two years MApplSc Degree Normally one year PhD Degree Three years Proficiency in English Since the basic language of instruction at UCD is English, competence in both written and spoken English is essential. If the student's first language is not English, or if secondary education has not been taken through English, the student will need to have passed an approved test before registering for a course. The current minimum requirements are a score of 550 TOEFL points, 6 IELTS points or a pass in the Cambridge Advanced Examination, although individual departments may require a higher level. Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted. Advice and full details may be obtained from the Admissions Office telephone: Research Supervision The supervision of the advanced research study commences at the beginning of the student's programme of studies. One or more supervisors are appointed to act as the main point of contact for the student and in some departments a doctoral committee will be set up to oversee the project. The supervisor and/or doctoral committee provide 10 Science Postgraduate Programmes advice and technical expertise to guide all aspects of the research study from the identification of the research question to the development of a feasible and satisfactory research proposal. Advice is also provided on the choice of appropriate methods of data gathering and analysis. The supervisor is responsible for monitoring the progress of the student and provides on-going advice on the progress of the research leading to the PhD. Regulations for the PhD Degree A PhD by research may be obtained in any department within the Faculty of Science at University College Dublin. Detailed regulations apply as follows: 1. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) may be awarded on the basis of research carried out by the candidate, under the supervision of a Professor or, the results of which are submitted to the University in a thesis. 2. Entry requirements and application procedure 2.1 To be eligible to register for the degree of PhD in University College Dublin, a candidate must have obtained a high honours standard at the examination for a primary degree of the National University of Ireland or another university, or must present such other evidence of academic standing as will satisfy the Head of Department and the Faculty. Normally Second Class Honours Grade I or equivalent would be expected. 2.2 An application to enter on a course of study and research leading to the degree of PhD shall be considered by the relevant Faculty, on the nomination of the Head of Department, or on the nomination of a Professor with the consent of the Head of the Department in which the proposed research is to be carried out. The title of the thesis, or a short description of the proposed research must be provided. 2.3 If approved by the Faculty, the application shall be submitted to the Academic Council for approval. If approved by the Academic Council, the applicant must register as a PhD student, normally for a minimum of nine terms. In exceptional circumstances, the Academic Council may, on the recommendation of the Faculty, permit registration for a minimum of six terms. 3. Supervision of Research and Preparation of the Thesis 3.1 The Academic Council, on the nomination of the Professor or the Head of Department, and the recommendation of the Faculty, will assign a full-time, permanent member of staff to supervise the candidate's research; the nominator may also act as the supervisor. The Academic Council may approve joint supervision of the research; in such case, at least one of the supervisors must be a full-time, permanent member of the staff of the University. 3.2 Where the supervisor retires or resigns from the full-time staff of the University, or for any other reason is unable to continue to supervise the research, the nominator shall inform the Academic Council and, on the recommendation of the Faculty, the Academic Council shall assign another member of staff to supervise the research. Where the nominator ceases to hold office as Professor or as 11 Head of Department, the Dean shall inform the Academic Council and, on the recommendation of the Faculty, the Academic Council shall appoint a suitable member of the academic staff to act as nominator. 3.3 The candidate shall pursue research and shall follow such programme of study as may, with the approval of the Faculty and the Academic Council, be prescribed by the nominator or supervisor(s). 3.4 Before commencing the programme of study and research, a candidate for the PhD must register as a student of the University. A candidate may not complete registration until the Academic Council has been informed of all relevant details concerning the nominator, the supervisor(s) and the title of the proposed thesis, or a short description of the research. 3.5 The research for the PhD Degree shall be carried out in the relevant Department, unless the Academic Council has given permission for some or all of the research to be carried out elsewhere under the general supervision of the supervisor(s). Where the research is interdisciplinary, and more than one Department is involved, all Departments concerned shall cooperate to provide the resources required by the candidate. In all cases, the nominator shall ensure that such resources are made available to the candidate. 3.6 The candidate's research must be carried out, and the thesis prepared, under the direction of the supervisor(s). The supervisor(s) shall regularly monitor the progress of the research. Where the supervisor(s) form the view that the candidate is unlikely to complete the research, the Faculty and Academic Council should be so informed. The Academic Counci
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