The StAR PhD programme aims to attract high-achieving international students to an efficient four-year structured PhD training programme at RCSI.

The programme encourages scientists to develop innovative research projects in one of RCSI’s areas of research strength, including but not limited to:

This structured training programme includes compulsory core modules in ethics, science communication, biostatistics and intellectual property. Core modules are complemented by many additional optional modules delivering skill sets including innovation and entrepreneurship, data management and coding. The structured training is designed to suit bench scientists, informatics-based research, clinical researchers and population health researchers.


  • Opportunity for an international research training experience in a world-class institution
  • Four-year structured PhD training programme with the opportunity to gain an additional Professional Certificate in Research Practices
  • Funded four-year PhD scholarship, covering student fees, research costs and student stipend
  • Relocation package of up to €5,000 per student
  • Annual home travel allowance


The PhD programme is oriented towards high-achieving international students with a strong profile and a background in biomedical research, clinical research, population health research or health services research, coming from primary degree courses focusing on: cell and molecular biology; clinical and translational sciences; medical sciences (biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy etc); bioengineering; pharmacy; physiotherapy; nursing and midwifery; medicinal chemistry; genetics and neurosciences; population health; social sciences; health services research; education in health sciences.

  • Students will have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First Class Honours degree or equivalent (i.e. top 10% of primary degree or equivalent) and should provide a grade point average (GPA) for each completed year of their undergraduate degree.
  • English requirements: IETLS >6.5 or must have completed primary degree through the medium of English. Please check the other English language certificates that are accepted.
  • Preference will be given to applicants coming directly from their undergraduate degree into this PhD programme.
  • Applicants must use the GPA calculator we recommend.
  • Applicants who do not submit all supporting documents will be deemed ineligible.

Application process

Applications for the call beginning in October 2022 are now closed. Applications for the next intake will open in due course.

If you are a prospective scholar interested in these PhD awards, click here to review and identify the potential studies for your PhD.