Computer Science - Research

Students are involved in diverse research projects across the entire spectrum of computer science. In many cases, we offer funded studentships; these positions attract a handsome tax-free scholarship as well as payment of University fees.

Completion of a PhD typically takes about 4 years after a bachelors degree. The School is now following UCD's new Structured PhD programme. We currently have around 200 postgraduate research students, and the School has a strong international flavor, with students and academic staff from around the world.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for entry into the PhD programme regarding prior degree and language are given below:

•Degree: minimum 2.1 grade (or equivalent) in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Computer Science, Maths, Engineering, or similar technical discipline.

•Language: Non-native English speakers require IELTS at least 6.5 (with at least 6 in all components) or equivalent (see link for details on test equivalence).

Our students generally have a high honours standard in an MSc or BSc primary degree in computer science or a cognate discipline, and we welcome high quality applicants from diverse backgrounds.


Computer Science (T102) MSc Research 2 Years FT / PT
Computer Science (T113) PhD Research 3 Years FT / 6 Years PT

Enrolment dates

New student registrations take place in January, May and September each year.

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    MSc PhD

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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