Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH PH.D. (10)

CAO/PAC code : MHW02 (FT), MHW03 (PT)

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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The goal of the structured PhD programme is to provide a high quality research experience with integrated taught support. Structured support is offered through generic/transferable skills modules and specialist modules to provide students with academic and professionals needed for careers in industry and academia. Under normal circumstances, students who intend to pursue a PhD but who do not already hold a postgraduate qualification in psychology are initially registered to undertake a Master’s degree, with transfer to the doctoral programme subject to satisfactory progress. It is expected that campus-based postgraduate students will participate in demonstrating and tutoring to undergraduate students.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time. Commencement dates are restricted.

September (or other agreed time)

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Normally, candidates for research degrees must possess a first class or upper second class honours degree in psychology that qualifies the student for eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society or for Graduate Membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland. In exceptional cases, graduates of cognate disciplines with a first class or upper second class honours degree may be accepted for postgraduate study; such students should be aware that they will require additional qualifications in order to be eligible for GBC or Graduate Membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

Dr Seán Commins
The neurobiology of spatial navigation, learning and memory. Consolidation of long-term memories. Neural substrates of hippocampal-cortical interactions. Investigation of cognitive deficits following stroke and other disorders. The role of cognition in driver behaviour.

Dr Andrew Coogan
We are interested in circadian rhythms and sleep, and their importance for health and wellbeing. Current research interests include assessing how circadian clocks may be involved in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, looking at circadian rhythm involvement in other important conditions, such as diabetes and depression, asking how the immune system influences circadian rhythms and assessing how cognition and behavior may be changed following sepsis.

Dr Deirdre Desmond
Psychosocial adjustment to illness, injury and disability. Coping. Outcomes measurement. Rehabilitation and assistive technology.

Dr Patricia Gough
Representation of language in the brain. The role of the motor system in language processing. Embodiment of language. The mirror neuron system. Evolution of language.

Dr Michelle Kelly
Applied behaviour analysis. Relational frame theory and derived relational responding. Behavioural gerontology. Healthy ageing. Cognitive rehabilitation for MCI and early-stage dementia. Implicit cognition.  

Dr Fiona Lyddy
Language and memory. Emergent reading and writing. Numerical cognition. Psychology of student learning. Computer mediated communication and new literacies.

Dr Sinead McGilloway
The psychological aspects and community context of health care and social problems. Child and adult mental health. Research evaluation. The health and social care needs of vulnerable and socially excluded people. Employment and social integration for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. Bereavement and
palliative care service provision.

Dr Carol Murphy
Applied behaviour analysis and language development in populations with and without learning disorders. Relational frame theory and derived relational responding. Development of special education programmes. The experimental analysis of human behaviour. Clinical behaviour analysis. Implicit cognition.

Dr Bryan Roche
The experimental analysis of complex human behaviour, language and cognition (EAB). Experimental social psychology and implicit attitude measurement. Fear and avoidance conditioning models of human anxiety. Intelligence and the development of behaviourally oriented educational interventions.

Dr Richard Roche
Memory Consolidation and Reconsolidation. Spatial Memory and Navigation. Source Memory and Ageing. Cognition in Stroke and Psychosis. Brain Injury. Human Electrophysiology.

For further details on the research specialisms within the Department please visit:

The core objective of the PhD programme involves a substantial and original contribution to psychological knowledge in a given research field, and the production of research outputs suitable for peerreviewed publication. PhD research students must take a minimum of 30 credits in taught modules (15 in generic/transferable modules and 15 in specialist modules).

Course Duration: 3-4 years FT, 6 years PT

The structured PhD is a research oriented programme associated with a wide range of career options, depending on subject area. The prospective supervisor will be able to advise on specific career options.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHW02 Full-time
MHW03 Part-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.


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