Graduate Study: Research and Applications

Thinking about doing a postgraduate degree? Here’s what you need to know to improve your research and applications.


1.Know why you want to do a postgraduate degree.

Don’t just fall into a graduate programme because you don’t know what else to do.  Make sure that you are genuinely interested in the subject area that you are studying. Sometimes working in industry for a period prior to graduate study can really assist you in making a better choice.  Also, the company you are working for may be happy to cover the costs of your graduate study.


2. Research the programme and its alumni.

Ensure that you research the job profiles of graduates from the graduate programme you intend to study. Connect with them to get some advice on their experience. If you do not know of any alumni, the school/programme you are applying to may be able to suggest some or you could use LinkedIn to search for them.


3. Investigate the range of options available to you using websites such as GradIreland and Prospects.

Thorough research is critical before you invest a substantial amount of time and money into a graduate programme. And with the wealth of websites available such a GradIreland, Prospects and the websites of the relevant colleges/universities such as UCD Graduate Studies, doing some research couldn’t be easier.


4. Make your personal statement stand out from the crowd.

A good start is half the battle. When it comes to personal statements, bear in mind that the assessor could be reading multiple statements on the same day. Start with a strong opening line to ensure you catch their attention and keep your statement lively and positive. Your personal statement, or statement of purpose, is a great opportunity to convey a sense of who you are and your motivation for applying, so make the most of it.


Additionally, have a look at our further study advice on our website for more guidance. As always, we encourage you to make an appointment to come and see us here in the UCD Career Development Centre if you need any further assistance with your applications.

Best of Luck! 


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Why should you consider an Internship and how can you apply?






Why should you consider an internship?

There are many reasons to do an internship. The outcomes of an internship can include: increasing your skills and knowledge; improving your understanding of a particular job or industry; and the chance to network. All of this can help you to find a paid permanent position in the future.


How do you apply for an Internship?

Applying for an internship is a lot like applying for an ordinary job. You will need to provide a CV and cover letter. It is also important that you treat an interview for an internship in the same way that you would an ordinary interview. There are different types of internships such as academic internships, summer internships and graduate internships.

UCD has numerous academic programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate –both taught and research) that include an internship component. Internships vary in duration with some being up to a year in length.

Providing internship opportunities as part of a programme of study benefits students in many ways:

-An opportunity to put theory into practice is provided
-New skills and knowledge, personal and work related, are acquired
-Students’ employment potential is enhanced
Organisations that provide internship opportunities to UCD students also gain positively from the experience:
-Students bring new and updated skills and fresh ideas to the work place
-Student interns can be assessed for their potential to fill future positions


Where can you find Internships?

  1. Careers Connect

There are hundreds of internships and job vacancies being advertised on Careers Connect, including jobs in Dublin, the rest of Ireland and overseas – with new employers registering every day. If you’re a UCD student, login with your UCD Connect username and password. If you’ve graduated from UCD, you can register for an alumni account by filling in a simple form. You can update your profile to indicate industry areas you’re interested in, and choose whether to receive email alerts for vacancies.

Under the ‘Online Resources‘ section of our website and Careers Connect, you will be able to search for international internships through ‘Going Global‘, ‘CEI‘ to name a few.


2. UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair

On Wednesday, 3rd February 2016, we will be hosting the annual UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair in Astra Hall, Student Centre, Belfield Campus. This fair attracts around 1000 students across all disciplines looking to enhance their career prospects by undertaking an internship or make a broader contribution through volunteering.We will advertise this event on Facebook and Twitter early in the new year.


For any queries in relation to academic internships, do no hesitate to contact us in the office through




Ericsson Masters in Applied Software Technology – plus a permanent job

Ericsson and ICT Ireland logos








Ericsson and ICT Ireland logos

LM ERICSSON in association with the ICT Ireland Federation is offering a one year, full-time Masters in Applied Software Technology which will be free to participants and include a three month paid internship with the company and a full-time permanent job as a software engineer in Ericsson on satisfactory completion.

The Masters is delivered both in the Dublin Institute of Technology and Athlone Institute of Technology. It offers an integrated approach to delivering end to end software development skills. From computing fundamentals and software design to implementation and testing, the entire lifecycle of software development is covered. The programme focuses on the practical problem-solving skills required for software engineering. Programme participants will also gain an integrated and critical knowledge of the skills and particular technologies used in ICT product development today.

Screening and selection of candidates will take place during the Spring-Summer with the programme starting in September 2015.

The programme is geared primarily to unemployed graduates who are Irish or EEA nationals. Participants will not be entitled to retain any social welfare payments while attending the course but Ericsson is funding a Bursary to assist participants with expenses. Candidates should preferably have at a 2.1 Honours Primary Degree in a relevant cognate discipline. This category includes (but is not limited to) Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Data Networking etc. but qualified applicants from any discipline with significant content in Maths, Problem Solving, Logic and Critical Thinking will receive consideration.

Each application will be considered on its individual merits. Candidates will undertake a course in advance of commencing the Masters to prepare and qualify them in the range of subject areas to be covered on the Masters programme. This course in the Fundamentals of Computer Programming (FCP) will lead to a Certificate in Software Engineering.


Entry to the programme is on the basis of a competitive selection process based on criteria which are available upon request. Prospective candidates may be requested to attend for interview,
undertake tests or other selection procedures. Making an application is not a guarantee of selection. Applications are treated in strictest confidence. In making an application, applicants
accept that no feedback will be provided to them, or any other party, regarding the selection process, or any reasons for their non-selection.

To apply please email your CV to, making sure to include the following information on it:

  • A sentence confirming you are an Irish or EEA national or resident in Republic of Ireland on a Stamp 4 VISA
  • Nationality
  • Home address
  • Phone number and email address
  • Full details of educational qualifications (College, name of course and grade awarded (or expected) eg 2.1, 1.1 etc.)

What Previous Participants Are Saying

“This is a very challenging and rewarding experience. It has given me a thorough grounding in (among others) Enterprise Java, Web Development, Scripting languages IP Networking, Database Technologies, Software Design, and Distributed Systems. The facilities are excellent, with dedicated labs, and ready access to teaching staff. The opportunities that extend from the course are excellent with a high probability of immediate employment in the software industry.”
John Jeffries

“The course is fast paced with a multitude of interesting and varying subjects. Teamwork is vital in any workplace and never have I witnessed such an emphasis on teamwork than through this course. The interaction with the sponsoring company is a huge plus as it makes you feel like a member of the team, it also gives you an insight to how projects may be run in a work scenario. Overall it is a challenging but extremely rewarding and thought provoking course with a wide range of subjects to give anyone a fantastic arsenal of skills to approach the working world.”
Ben Moore

“Initially I was amazed at the diversity of the students various backgrounds, from age to profession to experience. The year is very intense with a heavy workload and dedication is definitely the key to success. There is a dedicated lab for students which I have found to be invaluable along with the student mantra of sharing knowledge and helping each other as far as possible.”
Orla Brooks

“Having come into the course from a non computer background I thought that the course could prove too much for me. However I have found the level of tuition to be exceptionally high and was well guided to the correct topics for
self learning in order to succeed. The course moves at a fast pace with a wide range of interesting subjects. There is a high level of interaction between the students and Ericsson which gives you an unprecedented insight into company operations. The programme overall is highly rewarding and provides a great challenge to learn new skills or to up-skill to enter the working world as a Software Engineer.”
Shane Cowzer

Becoming a primary teacher – the PME for graduates

A teacher in a classroom (cartoon)






Applications for the two year Professional Masters in Education (Primary Teaching) 2015-2017 are now open. The closing date is 17:00 on 10th April 2015.

This programme is offered by:
St Patrick’s College, Dublin
Marino Institute of Education, Dublin
Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

Details of entry requirements, duration and the curriculum can be found on the institutions’ websites via the links above.

Please note: Applications for the Dublin and Maynooth-based colleges should be sent to St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra; applications for the Limerick-based programme should be sent to Mary Immaculate College.

From September 2016 (not 2015) applicants will be required to have a minimum 2:2 honours Level 8 degree, i.e. UCD GPA 2.48 and above.


Come in and see us!

Why not meet with a career and skills consultant to discuss your application as well as prepare for your interview if your application is successful? The Career Development Centre can help you to prepare a high quality CV and give you the skills to perform effectively at interview.

Becoming a teacher – the Professional Masters in Education

A teacher in the classroom

If you are thinking about becoming a post-primary teacher now is the time to start putting your application together for the Professional Masters in Education (PME). This is a two-year Masters programme.

The majority of applications are made through PAC – the Postgraduate Applications Centre. This is where you can apply to the following universities:

The closing dates for these applications are 1st December 2014 with late applications accepted (at an additional fee) until 30th January 2015 to start in September 2015.

Hibernia College also offers the PME with closing dates of 28th November 2014 and  January 2015 for late applications. The starting date is March 2015.

You can find the subject requirements for entry on the Teaching Council website. There are additional points given to applicants who have relevant professional experience or hold additional qualifications. And there’s more information about getting into teaching on

The Teaching Council has also provided answers to some commonly asked questions about applying to the PME.

Studying in UCD

The PME at UCD is a two-year full-time programme leading to the award of Professional Master of Education (PME) and qualifies graduates to teach two subjects at post-primary level (both junior and senior cycle). Take a look at their brochure for more information.

If accepted, each student will be required to arrange a suitable placement school for the duration of the programme. Schools are sourced once you have been accepted to the programme (April 2015). UCD does provide students with a list of suggested schools, however, students must still undergo a competitive interview process with any suggested school.

Come in and see us!

Why not meet with a career and skills consultant to discuss your application as well as prepare for your interview if your application is successful? The Career Development Centre can help you to prepare a high quality CV and give you the skills to perform effectively at interview.