PhD Search Results


  • Psychometrics of Patient Reported Outcomes

    RCSI

    Principal Investigator: Dr Frank Doyle, RCSI

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    PhD candidates must normally have obtained at least an upper second class (2.1H) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

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    Minimum English Language Requirements

    A high standard of written and spoken English is required.

    The following grades in IELTS and other equivalent English language test scores are accepted

    IELTS : C1 (6.5 – 7.0), C2(7.5 – 9.0),
    Top score: 9

    Cambridge CAE:  C1(Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    Cambridge CPE:  C1 (Minimum Level C1 (score of 180-199)), C2 (Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    TOEIC:  C1 (605 – 780), C2 (785 – 990),
    Top score: 990

    TOEFL Paper:  C1 (550 – 587), C2 (590 – 677),
    Top score: 677

    TOEFL CBT:  C1 (213 – 240), C2 (243 – 300),
    Top score: 300

    TOEFL IBT:  C1 (79 – 95), C2 (96 – 120),
    Top score: 120

    (EEA*) Full Time: €6,550 (EEA*) Part Time: €4,370

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,100 Part Time: €8,740

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €3,000 Part Time: €2,000

    Project Summary

    Patient reported outcomes are a vital part of modern healthcare. However, commonly used measures do not always demonstrate sound psychometric qualities, and could be enhanced by omitting non-performing items. In other cases, the measures should be abandoned and other, more suitable ones adopted.

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  • Provision of Smoking Cessation Care in Hospital Settings

    RCSI

    Principal Investigator: Dr Frank Doyle, RCSI

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    PhD candidates must normally have obtained at least an upper second class (2.1H) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

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    Minimum English Language Requirements

    A high standard of written and spoken English is required.

    The following grades in IELTS and other equivalent English language test scores are accepted

    IELTS : C1 (6.5 – 7.0), C2(7.5 – 9.0),
    Top score: 9

    Cambridge CAE:  C1(Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    Cambridge CPE:  C1 (Minimum Level C1 (score of 180-199)), C2 (Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    TOEIC:  C1 (605 – 780), C2 (785 – 990),
    Top score: 990

    TOEFL Paper:  C1 (550 – 587), C2 (590 – 677),
    Top score: 677

    TOEFL CBT:  C1 (213 – 240), C2 (243 – 300),
    Top score: 300

    TOEFL IBT:  C1 (79 – 95), C2 (96 – 120),
    Top score: 120

    (EEA*) Full Time: €6,550 (EEA*) Part Time: €4,370

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,100 Part Time: €8,740

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €3,000 Part Time: €2,000

    Project Summary

    Although receiving brief smoking cessation advice from healthcare professionals is known to increase smokers' quit attempts, such advice is not usually provided. This is usually due to factors such as time constraints, staff attitudes towards smoking and provision of advice, and lack of skills training. This project will develop and implement an intervention to...

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  • Attitudes to Organ Donation

    RCSI

    Principal Investigator: Dr Frank Doyle, RCSI

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    PhD candidates must normally have obtained at least an upper second class (2.1H) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

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    Minimum English Language Requirements

    A high standard of written and spoken English is required.

    The following grades in IELTS and other equivalent English language test scores are accepted

    IELTS : C1 (6.5 – 7.0), C2(7.5 – 9.0),
    Top score: 9

    Cambridge CAE:  C1(Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    Cambridge CPE:  C1 (Minimum Level C1 (score of 180-199)), C2 (Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    TOEIC:  C1 (605 – 780), C2 (785 – 990),
    Top score: 990

    TOEFL Paper:  C1 (550 – 587), C2 (590 – 677),
    Top score: 677

    TOEFL CBT:  C1 (213 – 240), C2 (243 – 300),
    Top score: 300

    TOEFL IBT:  C1 (79 – 95), C2 (96 – 120),
    Top score: 120

    (EEA*) Full Time: €6,550 (EEA*) Part Time: €4,370

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,100 Part Time: €8,740

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €3,000 Part Time: €2,000

    Project Summary

    Although most people are in favour of organ donation, a minority sign up for donation. This project will investigate cognitive and emotional factors that inhibit and enhance signing up for organ donation and discussing this with family members. We aim to design interventions to maximise donation.

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  • Network Meta Analysis of Psychological Factors Influencing Health Behaviours

    RCSI

    Principal Investigator: Dr Frank Doyle, RCSI

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    PhD candidates must normally have obtained at least an upper second class (2.1H) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

    |

    Minimum English Language Requirements

    A high standard of written and spoken English is required.

    The following grades in IELTS and other equivalent English language test scores are accepted

    IELTS : C1 (6.5 – 7.0), C2(7.5 – 9.0),
    Top score: 9

    Cambridge CAE:  C1(Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    Cambridge CPE:  C1 (Minimum Level C1 (score of 180-199)), C2 (Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    TOEIC:  C1 (605 – 780), C2 (785 – 990),
    Top score: 990

    TOEFL Paper:  C1 (550 – 587), C2 (590 – 677),
    Top score: 677

    TOEFL CBT:  C1 (213 – 240), C2 (243 – 300),
    Top score: 300

    TOEFL IBT:  C1 (79 – 95), C2 (96 – 120),
    Top score: 120

    (EEA*) Full Time: €6,550 (EEA*) Part Time: €4,370

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,100 Part Time: €8,740

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €3,000 Part Time: €2,000

    Project Summary

    Psychological factors such as attitudes and depression are known to be an important influence on health behaviours such as smoking or physical activity. However, little work has investigated the relative influence of these factors, and interventions usually target relatively few psychological aspects. To date, such interventions have not been comparable. The present project proposed...

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  • Depression and Health Behaviours in Chronic Conditions

    RCSI

    Principal Investigator: Dr Frank Doyle, RCSI

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    PhD candidates must normally have obtained at least an upper second class (2.1H) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

    |

    Minimum English Language Requirements

    A high standard of written and spoken English is required.

    The following grades in IELTS and other equivalent English language test scores are accepted

    IELTS : C1 (6.5 – 7.0), C2(7.5 – 9.0),
    Top score: 9

    Cambridge CAE:  C1(Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    Cambridge CPE:  C1 (Minimum Level C1 (score of 180-199)), C2 (Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    TOEIC:  C1 (605 – 780), C2 (785 – 990),
    Top score: 990

    TOEFL Paper:  C1 (550 – 587), C2 (590 – 677),
    Top score: 677

    TOEFL CBT:  C1 (213 – 240), C2 (243 – 300),
    Top score: 300

    TOEFL IBT:  C1 (79 – 95), C2 (96 – 120),
    Top score: 120

    (EEA*) Full Time: €6,550 (EEA*) Part Time: €4,370

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,100 Part Time: €8,740

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €3,000 Part Time: €2,000

    Project Summary

    The prevalence of depression is elevated in those with chronic conditions, and is often associated with poorer prognosis and lower adherence to recommended therapies. For example, in coronary disease and respiratory disease, those with elevated depressive symptoms are less likely to quit smoking, take their prescribed medications or increase their physical activity. The present...

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  • Adherence to Inhaled Therapies

    RCSI

    Principal Investigator: Dr Frank Doyle, RCSI

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    PhD candidates must normally have obtained at least an upper second class (2.1H) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

    |

    Minimum English Language Requirements

    A high standard of written and spoken English is required.

    The following grades in IELTS and other equivalent English language test scores are accepted

    IELTS : C1 (6.5 – 7.0), C2(7.5 – 9.0),
    Top score: 9

    Cambridge CAE:  C1(Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    Cambridge CPE:  C1 (Minimum Level C1 (score of 180-199)), C2 (Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    TOEIC:  C1 (605 – 780), C2 (785 – 990),
    Top score: 990

    TOEFL Paper:  C1 (550 – 587), C2 (590 – 677),
    Top score: 677

    TOEFL CBT:  C1 (213 – 240), C2 (243 – 300),
    Top score: 300

    TOEFL IBT:  C1 (79 – 95), C2 (96 – 120),
    Top score: 120

    (EEA*) Full Time: €6,550 (EEA*) Part Time: €4,370

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,100 Part Time: €8,740

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €3,000 Part Time: €2,000

    Project Summary

    Inhaled therapies are a cornerstone of treatments for common conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, adherence to such therapy is known to be low and research has shown that such non-adherence can be both accidental and deliberate. The Inhaler Compliance Aid is unique in that it can identify not only...

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  • Investigation and Characterization of the Synaptosome in the Brain in Schizophrenia

    RCSI

    Principal Investigator: Dr Melanie Focking, RCSI

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    PhD candidates must normally have obtained at least an upper second class (2.1H) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.


    Additional requirements

    Undergraduate disciplines relevant: Neuroscience, Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular
    Biology

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    Minimum English Language Requirements

    A high standard of written and spoken English is required.

    The following grades in IELTS and other equivalent English language test scores are accepted

    IELTS : C1 (6.5 – 7.0), C2(7.5 – 9.0),
    Top score: 9

    Cambridge CAE:  C1(Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    Cambridge CPE:  C1 (Minimum Level C1 (score of 180-199)), C2 (Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    TOEIC:  C1 (605 – 780), C2 (785 – 990),
    Top score: 990

    TOEFL Paper:  C1 (550 – 587), C2 (590 – 677),
    Top score: 677

    TOEFL CBT:  C1 (213 – 240), C2 (243 – 300),
    Top score: 300

    TOEFL IBT:  C1 (79 – 95), C2 (96 – 120),
    Top score: 120

    (EEA*) Full Time: €6,550 (EEA*) Part Time: €4,370

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,100 Part Time: €8,740

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €10,000 Part Time: €8,600

    Project Summary

    Schizophrenia is a severe psychiatric disorders affecting 1% of the world population. Common treatments are usually untailored and bear the risk of strong side effects. There is an agreed need for targeted treatments which ought to be more effective along with fewer side effects. To achieve this we require a greater understanding of the core...

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  • Understanding the Basis of Epigenetic Contribution to Brain Changes in Psychosis: the Study of Histone Modification in Schizophrenia, Animal Models of Schizophrenia, and Schizophrenia Derived Neuronal Stem Cells

    RCSI

    Principal Investigator: Professor David Cotter, RCSI

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    PhD candidates must normally have obtained at least an upper second class (2.1H) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.


    Additional requirements

    A student interested in proteomics, epigenetics and clinical neuropsychiatry should love this
    project.

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    Minimum English Language Requirements

    A high standard of written and spoken English is required.

    The following grades in IELTS and other equivalent English language test scores are accepted

    IELTS : C1 (6.5 – 7.0), C2(7.5 – 9.0),
    Top score: 9

    Cambridge CAE:  C1(Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    Cambridge CPE:  C1 (Minimum Level C1 (score of 180-199)), C2 (Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    TOEIC:  C1 (605 – 780), C2 (785 – 990),
    Top score: 990

    TOEFL Paper:  C1 (550 – 587), C2 (590 – 677),
    Top score: 677

    TOEFL CBT:  C1 (213 – 240), C2 (243 – 300),
    Top score: 300

    TOEFL IBT:  C1 (79 – 95), C2 (96 – 120),
    Top score: 120

    (EEA*) Full Time: €6,550 (EEA*) Part Time: €4,370

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,100 Part Time: €8,740

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €10,000 Part Time: €8,600

    Project Summary

    Individual genes (G) contribute tiny effect sizes to overall risk for schizophrenia and likewise environmental (E) factors have effect sizes which are small. There is now no question that genetic and environmental risk factors interact to contribute to schizophrenia. The mechanisms underlying these genetic and environmental risk interactions are not known and this is...

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  • Spatial Correlation Structures Implied by Spatial Autoregressive Models and the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem

    Maynooth University

    Principal Investigator: Dr Martin Charlton, Maynooth University

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    Normally, the PhD candidate must have obtained a primary degree (4 years) with a minimum classification to Lower Second Class Honours (2.2H) or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic.

    International candidate applications are assessed on a case by case basis by the relevant academic department.

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    Minimum English Language Requirements

    Non-native speakers of English will be required to provide evidence of their English language competency as part of their application.

    • IELTS: Overall score 6.5 or above and 6.5 in writing and speaking. Other sections scores 6 or above.
    • TOEFL: Overall score 580 or above and all sections scores 55 or above.
    • CBTOEFL: Overall score 237 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
    • IBTOEFL: Overall score 92 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
    • ETAPP: C1
    • CAE: Grade B
    • CAP: Grade C

    (EEA*) Full Time: €5,500 (EEA*) Part Time: €3,700

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,500 Part Time: N/A

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €3,000 Part Time: €2,000

    Project Summary

    The NCG is a diverse multidisciplinary research group in the spatial sciences. The PI is one of the developers of Geograohically Weighted Regression, and has been leading researcher in spatial modelling and geohgraphic information systems for over 25 years. Spatial correlation structures implied by spatial autoregressive models and the modifiable areal unit problem. The...

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  • Visualisation Methods for Exploring Spatial Correlation Structures

    Maynooth University

    Principal Investigator: Dr Martin Charlton, Maynooth University

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    Normally, the PhD candidate must have obtained a primary degree (4 years) with a minimum classification to Lower Second Class Honours (2.2H) or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic.

    International candidate applications are assessed on a case by case basis by the relevant academic department.

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    Minimum English Language Requirements

    Non-native speakers of English will be required to provide evidence of their English language competency as part of their application.

    • IELTS: Overall score 6.5 or above and 6.5 in writing and speaking. Other sections scores 6 or above.
    • TOEFL: Overall score 580 or above and all sections scores 55 or above.
    • CBTOEFL: Overall score 237 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
    • IBTOEFL: Overall score 92 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
    • ETAPP: C1
    • CAE: Grade B
    • CAP: Grade C

    (EEA*) Full Time: €5,500 (EEA*) Part Time: €3,700

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,500 Part Time: N/A

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €3,000 Part Time: €2,000

    Project Summary

    The NCG is a diverse multidisciplinary research group in the spatial sciences. The PI is one of the developers of Geographically Weighted Regression, and has been leading researcher in spatial modelling and geographic information systems for over 25 years. The weights matrices used in spatial autoregressive models are known to imply some counterintuitive spatial...

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  • Understanding the Impact of Shift Work Schedules on Circadian Rhythms

    Maynooth University

    Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Coogan, Maynooth University

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    Normally, the PhD candidate must have obtained a primary degree (4 years) with a minimum classification to Lower Second Class Honours (2.2H) or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic.

    International candidate applications are assessed on a case by case basis by the relevant academic department.

    |

    Minimum English Language Requirements

    Non-native speakers of English will be required to provide evidence of their English language competency as part of their application.

    • IELTS: Overall score 6.5 or above and 6.5 in writing and speaking. Other sections scores 6 or above.
    • TOEFL: Overall score 580 or above and all sections scores 55 or above.
    • CBTOEFL: Overall score 237 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
    • IBTOEFL: Overall score 92 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
    • ETAPP: C1
    • CAE: Grade B
    • CAP: Grade C

    (EEA*) Full Time: €5,500 (EEA*) Part Time: €3,700

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,500 Part Time: N/A

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €10,000 Part Time: €8,600

    Project Summary

    Why do we wake up at the same time most days, go to bed at similar times and eat our meals at roughly the same time each day? Why are we not normally active at night, but are during the day? The answers to these questions (and many more!) can be found in our...

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  • How Do Landmarks/Cues Help Us Reach A Goal? A Behavioural, Cellular and Molecular Examination of Spatial Navigation and Memory

    Maynooth University

    Principal Investigator: Dr Sean Commins, Maynooth University

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    Normally, the PhD candidate must have obtained a primary degree (4 years) with a minimum classification to Lower Second Class Honours (2.2H) or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic.

    International candidate applications are assessed on a case by case basis by the relevant academic department.

    |

    Minimum English Language Requirements

    Non-native speakers of English will be required to provide evidence of their English language competency as part of their application.

    • IELTS: Overall score 6.5 or above and 6.5 in writing and speaking. Other sections scores 6 or above.
    • TOEFL: Overall score 580 or above and all sections scores 55 or above.
    • CBTOEFL: Overall score 237 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
    • IBTOEFL: Overall score 92 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
    • ETAPP: C1
    • CAE: Grade B
    • CAP: Grade C

    (EEA*) Full Time: €5,500 (EEA*) Part Time: €3,700

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,500 Part Time: N/A

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    Bench Fees Full Time: €10,000 Part Time: €8,600

    Project Summary

    Being able to successfully navigate from point a to point b is an essential survival skill for all animals. Landmark use is critically important during navigation as it allows animals to orient themselves to where they are and to where they want to go. This project aims to examine (a) the use of cues...

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  • Examining the Links between Circadian Disruption, Sleep Apnoea and Metabolic Disorders in Professional Drivers

    RCSI

    Principal Investigator: Dr John McDermott, RCSI

    Start Date: Flexible

    Minimum academic requirements

    PhD candidates must normally have obtained at least an upper second class (2.1H) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

    |

    Minimum English Language Requirements

    A high standard of written and spoken English is required.

    The following grades in IELTS and other equivalent English language test scores are accepted

    IELTS : C1 (6.5 – 7.0), C2(7.5 – 9.0),
    Top score: 9

    Cambridge CAE:  C1(Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    Cambridge CPE:  C1 (Minimum Level C1 (score of 180-199)), C2 (Grade A / B / C),
    Top score: 100

    TOEIC:  C1 (605 – 780), C2 (785 – 990),
    Top score: 990

    TOEFL Paper:  C1 (550 – 587), C2 (590 – 677),
    Top score: 677

    TOEFL CBT:  C1 (213 – 240), C2 (243 – 300),
    Top score: 300

    TOEFL IBT:  C1 (79 – 95), C2 (96 – 120),
    Top score: 120

    (EEA*) Full Time: €6,550 (EEA*) Part Time: €4,370

    (International/Non-EEA) Full Time: €13,100 Part Time: €8,740

    |

    Bench Fees Full Time: €10,000 Part Time: €8,600

    Project Summary

    In western economies, up to 1 in 5 workers undertake shift work involving night work as part of their recurring working arrangements. Given this high number, understanding the health and wellbeing implications of shift work should be of major concern from a public health perspective. Epidemiological evidence indicates that shift work is associated with...

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