Postgraduate research

FAQs for Postgraduate research scholars, specifically those completing research PhDs, MDs, MChs and MScs at RCSI.

If your query is not answered below or you require further information, please contact the School of Postgraduate Studies.

For further, more specific updates, we ask that you continue to monitor your email and read the regular emails you will continue to receive.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus), is advised to contact their GP for further instructions.

Do not go to a GP, surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus), they will arrange a test.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should:

  • isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone;
  • telephone their GP, or emergency department – if this is not possible, telephone 112 or 999;
  • in a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms), phone 112 or 999.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised anyone who has symptoms to self-isolate for 14 days.

All supervisory meetings have to take place remotely. Supervisors and students are asked to draw up plans now for online supervision for the duration of this period. In line with current Government advice, we encourage you to work remotely and not meet in person.

While students are expected to continue to make reasonable academic progress, we ask faculty to be as flexible and accommodating as you can be in this rapidly evolving situation. We are facing an unprecedented challenge; COVID-19 has disrupted our Campus operations in ways that would have been inconceivable just a short time ago.

All laboratories are no longer available to staff or scholars.

All RCSI Libraries are closed while the campus is shut down. Throughout the closure the Library will continue to offer library services remotely to staff and students as much as possible. Full information is available on LibGuides.

Students may request an extension on the deadline for submission of their thesis.

Students are required to formally apply by emailing postgraduateschool@rcsi.ie. All requests must include a rationale for the extension request (i.e. a clear outline of the COVID-19 impact on the research/writing schedule) and the expected start and end dates.

It is mandatory to consult and copy the supervisors and the Head of School/Department with regard to your request. Upon review of the application by the Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies, students may be permitted a maximum of a three-month extension from the original submission date. Repeat extension applications are permissible.

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, hard copies of your thesis (usually 2xsoft-bound) will not be required, and examiners will be sent the electronic PDF copy only. Please contact postgraduateschool@rcsi.ie for further information. Please also remember to attach a digitally signed Examination Entry Form.

Please store any soft-bound or hardbound copies you have until the University has re-opened. Your soft-bound submission date will be considered the day you email your thesis in PDF format to the School of Postgraduate Studies. If examiners need to have a soft-bound copy, we will organise this with examiners on a case-by-case basis. This will likely involve local printing (reimbursed by RCSI) to reduce risk to couriers and printers.

The RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies recognises that doctoral viva voce examinations may be disrupted during this time of possible altered working, and reduced ability to travel due to COVID-19.

For viva voce examinations that are imminent, the School of Postgraduate Studies will contact all parties as soon as possible to discuss the alternative arrangements using video/online technologies or the deferral of the exam.

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, hardbound copies of your thesis will not be required, and examiners will be sent the electronic PDF copy only. Please contact postgraduateschool@rcsi.ie for further information.

Please store any soft-bound or hardbound copies you have already printed until the University has re-opened. Your hardbound submission date will be considered the day you email your thesis in PDF format to the School of Postgraduate Studies. Please also remember to attach the digitally signed Copyright Statement and Thesis Distribution Request form. 

The final step is submission of the final approved version of your thesis to the RCSI Library Repository in PDF format.

Students who are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns about family aboard or other areas where COVID-19 is present may seek help/advice. Postgraduate scholars can contact Dr Anthony Chubb (School of Postgraduate Studies).

The HPSC has put together resources to guide healthcare workers, which can be found on the Centre's website.