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Applications Procedure for 2020/21 SPHeRE PhD Programme


The application procedure for the 2019/2020 academic year is now closed. The application process for the 2020/2021 academic year will begin in Jan 2020.

If you are a Supervisor or PI with funding for a scholar who you wish to enrol in the 2020/2021 academic year, please contact for further information and details of the application procedure. No additional fees are payable to the SPHeRE Programme outside of your institutional and scholarship costs. We have created a SPHeRE Information Package for Principal Investigators, Employers and other organisations with funding for a PhD student.



The SPHeRE PhD Programme in Population Health and Health-services Research (PHHSR) aspires to cultivate world-class researchers through a four-year structured PhD Programme. The SPHeRE Programme can also be undertaken over a longer time period on a part-time, self-funded basis. The Programme is a joint initiative of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork. We welcome applicants with an interest in carrying out research on population health and/or health services in the Irish context and from a wide range of academic and clinical disciplines, including public health, health psychology, health economics, health policy, general practice, biostatistics, health geography and social science among others.


The full-time 4 year structured PhD Programme features:

  • 6 taught modules completed in the first year of the Programme
  • Opportunities for multidisciplinary research
  • Supervision by internationally renowned Principal Investigators


This Programme provides excellent training for scholars in core health services and population health research skills.

Applicants or Supervisors who have already secured independent funding for a PhD or applicants who wish to pursue the Programme on a part-time/full-time basis are also welcome to apply.

The operation of the SPHeRE Programme is subject to funding by the HRB.