Tcd Psychology Research Papers

The School has a variety of research activities spanning a diverse range of areas. The School is prominently associated with five research groups in the College: the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre, the Centre for Global Health, the Centre for Psychological Health and the Centre for Innovative Human Systems. The School is equipped with a computer laboratory, multi-media facilities, EEG and behavioural neuroscience laboratories, video-observation suites, sound attenuated experimental testing suites and fMRI analysis capability. There are ongoing innovative collaborations with hospitals and medical services. Members of the School consistently publish in high-impact international scientific journals and receive significant research funding from national and international sources.
Our Postgraduate Programme develops high calibre psychologists who advance psychological science and practice. Leading international experts provide excellent training in research methodology and foster academic excellence in a range of research areas on our M.Sc. and structured Ph.D. programmes. The School encourages active participation in national and international collaborations, and attracts many visiting academics and international graduate students.

M.Sc. Research

The minimum registration period for the M.Sc. (full-time) is one year, and the thesis of not more than 60,000 words must normally be submitted within two years.*

Ph.D. Research

The minimum registration period for a Ph.D. (full-time) is two years and the thesis of not more than 100,000 words must normally be submitted within four years.*

*Depending on the subject nature of the thesis, word count guidelines as laid out above may not apply. Your supervisor will advise on an acceptable length for the thesis.

In association with other Schools in the College, the following structured Ph.D. programme is offered:

Ph.D. in Global Health (Indigo Programme)

The International Doctorate in Global Health (Indigo) is coordinated by the Centre for Global Health and directed by Psychology academic staff, Frédérique Vallières. The programme is specifically aimed at those with a keen interest in improving health and wellbeing through research, education, and service, in collaboration with communities, other academic institutions, civil-society, and governments throughout the world.

Admission to all research programmes

There are two start/registration dates for postgraduate research programmes: September and March of each academic year.

Closing Date for Applications:

While there is no deadline for applications, please note that any new student wishing to apply for School or College research funding must submit their application by the 1st May 2017 for the 2017/2018 academic year (September 2017 and March 2018 intake). Please note that funding is currently contingent on registration as a full-time Ph.D. student.Students must make their application for Postgraduate studentship awards in conjunction with their Ph.D. application. This process is done online via

How to Apply:

New entrants to the Research Register must make their applications online via

Funding Sources:

There are a number of Postgraduate research student funding schemes operated by the College and external funding agencies. After the first year some postgraduates can earn a modest amount by undertaking part-time teaching or demonstrating in the School or elsewhere in the College. Some staff may be able to provide support from their own research grants or from other sources.

Guidelines for Application:

It is important for intending research students to consult the current Graduate Studies Prospectus.

  1. The guidelines below should be read in conjunction with the Trinity College Calendar Part 3.
  2. ANY APPLICATION THAT DOES NOT HAVE SUPERVISION ARRANGEMENTS IN PLACE, AGREED BY AN ACADEMIC STAFF MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REJECTED. Consequently, intending applicants must discuss research ideas with potential supervisors before making a formal application for admission. This discussion should address the resources needed to support the proposed research including sources of funding. A list of staff members and their research interests may be accessed at
  3. Applicants must normally have a good undergraduate honours degree in psychology or in an area of study deemed by their potential supervisor and the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate), to be sufficient for studying the area of research proposed.
  4. Full time postgraduate research students are required to complete a structured 10 ECTS module in their first year of registration and/or any transferable or discipline-specific modules as prescribed by either the Director of Teaching and Learning (PG) or their supervisor.
  5. If the applicant has secured research funding this should be clearly indicated in the application
  6. For PG research applicants, the Director of Teaching and Learning (PG) will review the college application form, letters of reference, and research proposal. The Director of Teaching and Learning (PG) must be satisfied that the supervisory capacity in the School exists to see the student through to the awarding of their degree, and will take into account the particular expertise of the potential supervisor. Should all documents be consistent, the student will be deemed eligible for admission under the supervision of the designated supervisor.
  7. In any instance where the student is deemed ineligible, the grounds on which this decision was made, will be transmitted in writing to the student and the potential supervisor. Such applicants may re-apply to the committee when any omissions or difficulties identified are resolved
  8. Applicants will be notified through the online applications’ system: *

*In cases where distance prohibits a face to face interview, an interview may be held by phone

Course Fees (2017/2018)

  • Full-time Ph.D.
  • Full-time Ph.D. EU students: €6,750
  • Full-time Ph.D. Non-EU students: €13,505
  • Part-time Ph.D.
  • Part-time Ph.D. EU students: €4,725
  • Part-time Ph.D. Non-EU students: €9,450
  • Full-time M.Sc.
  • Full-time M.Sc. EU students: €6,750
  • Full-time M.Sc. Non-EU students: €13,505
  • Part-time M.Sc.
  • Part-time M.Sc. EU students: €4,725
  • Part-time M.Sc. Non-EU students: €9,450

IMPORTANT: Fees may increase annually. The above fees are for tuition only.

Please consult information about eligibility for admission as an EU/Non-EU student and note that EU applicants must satisfy specific requirements to be deemed eligible for EU fee status.

Appraisal and Support

The School runs an annual appraisal system for all postgraduate research students to support their progress throughout the course of their research. Two independent members of staff are assigned as the student’s appraisal committee at the beginning of their studies. As part of this system each student is required to present a progress report to their appraisal committee every year. In addition students must make a research presentation to academic staff and fellow research students in their first and last year of registration.

Postgraduate research students are expected to attend the School’s research seminars, which take place on a regular basis during the teaching terms.

How to submit an essay

Before submitting an essay, read the referencing and style instructions and check the Submission Checklist.

1. Submitting your Manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines will be returned to the author.
Manuscripts must be submitted both via email and through

  • Email your manuscript to Include the title of your manuscript, your name, university and year of study in the email.
  • Submit your manuscript through
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  • Click on the enroll in a class button and enter the following information: Class ID: 7684012 Password: SPJ2014
  • Enter the SPJ Submissions 2014 class and click Submit
  • Upload the essay

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2. General Guidelines

    • The submission must not have been previously published nor being considered by another journal.
    • The submission must be in .doc or .docx format
    • The instructions for Blind Peer-Review have been followed
    • Submissions must have been conducted during undergraduate courses (Masters and PhD research is not considered). Submissions should be made either during enrolment as a student or no longer than 1 year after completion of a course
    • If your research was carried out with a supervisor, he/she must give consent
    • Authors may submit up to two manuscripts. If your submission is successful, the editors will select one manuscript for publication.

3. Types of Submissions

We accept submissions of all kinds including literature reviews, original research and exploratory studies.
Review papers should not exceed 3,000 words. Empirical investigations may be up to 6,000 words. These include the title page and abstract. References, appendix items and supplementary files are not included in these word limits.

4. Instructions for Blind Peer Review

The Student Psychology Journal of Ireland operates a strictly blind peer review process. Please follow the instructions below.
4.1    The first page should include the title of the report and not acknowledgements, names or affiliations. These will be added following a successful submission to the journal.
4.2    Authors should also remove personal information from their document. Instructions for many programmes/operating systems are below.
Word 2007 for Windows:
Click on the Office buttons in the upper left
Go to the Prepare item in the menu
Click on Properties
On the menu bar click on Document Properties and then Advanced Properties
The properties can also be removed by clicking on the Office button and going to Prepare and then Inspect Document. Next click on Inspect and then on Remove All next to the document properties item. Then finally Save the document.

Word 2003 for Windows:
Open the file in Word
Go to File on the menu bar
Click on Properties
Click on the Summary Tab
If anything appears that indicate the author, delete the information.
The properties items can also be removed by clicking Save As on the File menu. Click on the Tools item at the top of the Save As page. Click on the Security option. When the Security page opens check the item that reads Remove personal information from file properties on save.

Word 2002 for Windows:
Open the file in Word
In the menu, go to 'Tools' => 'Options'
Select the 'Security' tab
Under Privacy options, enable 'Remove personal information from file properties on save'
Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
Save the document

Word 2000 for Windows:
Open the file in Word
In the menu, go to 'Tools' => 'Options'
Select the 'User Information' tab
Under Privacy options, select 'Remove personal information from file properties on save'
Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
Save the document

Word 2008 for Apple/Mac:
Open the file in Word
In the menu, go to 'Word' => 'Preferences' => 'Personal Settings'
Select the 'Security' tab
Under Privacy options, enable 'Remove personal information from this file on save'
Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
Save the document

Word 2004 for Apple/Mac:
Open the file in Word
In the menu, go to 'Word' => 'Preferences' => 'Security'
Enable 'Remove personal information from this file on save'
Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
Save the document

NeoOffice for Apples/Mac:
Open the file in NeoOffice
In the menu, go to 'NeoOffice' => 'Preferences'
Under the left-hand, 'NeoOffice' menu, select 'Security'
Enable 'Remove personal information on saving'
Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
In the menu, go to 'File' => 'Properties'
Disable 'Apply user data' and click on the 'Reset' button
Save the document

OpenOffice, all platforms
Open the file in OpenOffice
In the menu, go to 'Tools' => 'Options...'
Under the left-hand, 'OpenOffice' menu, select 'Security'
Click on the 'Options...' button for 'Security options and warnings'
Enable 'Remove personal information on saving'
Click on 'Ok' to save the preference settings
In the menu, go to 'File' => 'Properties'
Disable 'Apply user data' and click on the 'Reset' button
Save the document

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