RCSI or UCD Structured PhD 


A PhD requires candidates to attend and carry out research under appropriate RCSI or UCD supervision for a minimum of 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time.


The Malaysian Qualifications Authority (MQA) have confirmed recognition of RCSI & UCD Doctorates where the research is carried out in Malaysia. This opens the way for collaborative PhDs between RCSI or UCD and RUMC.

Students will be registered in RCSI or UCD and RUMC and will be expected to meet the academic requirements of the relevant institution.

To be successful, the following application criteria must be met:

  • Highly motivated Doctoral applicants with a clear understanding of the requirements of an NQF level 10 programme.
  • Evidence of sufficient financial support and potential research grant funding.
  • A project proposal indicating research excellence, suitability for a PhD, and the potential impact of the research on the applicant, Malaysia and collaboration with Ireland.
  • Supervisor pairs from RCSI or UCD in Dublin and RUMC in Malaysia. The principal supervisor must be Dublin based and must have a PhD or equivalent and experience in PhD supervision. The RUMC supervisor should have a higher qualification and sufficient research experience.

Students undertake a 4-year full time (5-year part-time) PhD programme, including a 1-year pre-doctoral training year.

Some structured learning of core PhD skills (including research methods; research ethics & integrity, academic writing) will be taken in the pre-doctoral year. Within the first 6 months of the research period (i.e. at 18 months), students will be expected to have written a literature review, a methodological plan for their thesis and a formal transfer report and to have commenced their research. Students will be assessed on their performance at the end of this period through a formal report and viva, and successful students will be fully registered for a PhD.

  • It is suggested that potential applicants should first identify a supervisor within RUMC and discuss with that supervisor a suitable primary supervisor in either RCSI or UCD. A discussion should also take place on the potential Doctoral proposal.


OverviewFeesEntry RequirementsHow to Apply
  • Candidates pay EU fees each year until they submit their thesis and are allowed a minimum of three years and a maximum of six years from initial registration to complete their degree. Students who take more than six years must re-apply for registration.
  • All students submit annual written reports and present their work in an oral presentation and interview. Progress is reviewed by two independent staff members. Students can only progress to PhD after a satisfactory progress assessment at the end of the probationary first year.
  • All PhD candidates complete a written thesis on their project which is submitted to one external examiner and one internal examiner for examination as per the institution’s academic regulations. Following the recommendation of the examiners, including successful completion of an oral (viva voce) examination at RCSI or UCD with an independent chair present, a PhD may be awarded.
RESEARCH FEES 2017 – 2018

NOTE: It is the postgraduate’s responsibility to register each year prior to submission of their thesis. Failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification from degree programme.

PhD Full-Time (Euro (€)):

RCSI: €6,550

UCD: €6945

PhD Part-time (minimum five-year registration) (Euro (€)):

RCSI: €4,370

UCD: €4630

NOTE: An additional NUI fee of €45 per year applies for years 1 to 3. Please contact the RCSI or UCD Fees Office if you have any queries regarding the payment of fees. Please note that fees increase by ~5% per annum.

  • Candidates must have at least an MSc or upper second class (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. A RUMC and either RCSI or UCD supervisor are also required. You must have agreed with your supervisors on the topic for their thesis and the logistical details for their candidature, for example, start date, location for initial research training and so on.
  • Candidates who do not speak English as their first language must have a high standard of written and spoken English. Please submit IELTS or equivalent English language test scores (for both written and spoken English) e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge, etc. An IELTS score of 7.0 is desirable, but scores > 6.5 are acceptable.
Applications to register are made through the RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus.
  • Download Proposal template: RUMC PhD or MD Application Form
  • Applications on the form should be submitted to the RUMC Registrar (david@rcsiucd.edu.my ) who will forward the application to RCSI or UCD after preliminary review.