Data Science Institute - DSI / Insight - Structured

Course Overview

Data Science is concerned with the development of scalable methods for the curation and analysis of large data sets, in order to derive insights and actionable knowledge from these for predictive analytics and other aspects of decision support. Methods in Data Science typically build on best practices in machine learning and statistics with applications in the analysis of structured data as well as of semi-structured and unstructured data, including numerical, textual and image data. Data sources can be in Internet of Things and other sensor data streams, social media, large text collections such as reporting, image collections, video material, etc. In addition to machine learning and statistics, scientific methods specific to each data type will originate from areas including Natural Language Processing, image processing, stream reasoning, etc.

Data Science Institute (DSI)

About us:
At the Data Science Institute (DSI), we research technologies at the convergence of Computer Science, Web Science and Artificial Intelligence to build a fundamental understanding of how information and knowledge are increasingly driving society through digital processes, and of the tools, techniques and principles supporting a data-enhanced world.

The Data Science Institute at NUI Galway (DSI) originally started as a Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland under the name Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI). It has hosted part of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics since it was established in 2013 by Science Foundation Ireland, and also receives funding from EU Framework Programmes, Enterprise Ireland, IRC, and industry. In 2014, it became an official research institute of the National University of Ireland Galway under the name Insight Research Institute. DSI took its current name in December 2017, to better reflect the range of research, development and outreach activities within in the institute.

Entry requirements

PhD candidates must have a good honours degree (typically First Class Honours or 2:1) in a relevant area. Interested candidates should begin by contacting a member of DSI research and academic staff whose research interests are most closely aligned to their own research interests.

Masters candidates must hold at least a 2nd Class Honours Primary Degree in a related subject area or hold a Primary Degree in a related area without honours (which is acceptable to College) and have practical experience in the subject area over a period of not less than three years.

We expect:

A strong background in computer science

Research interests in Data Science, Natural Language Processing, Information Management, Systems Development, Logic, Ontology Languages, Semantic Web, Semantics in Business Information Systems, Linked Data, Machine Learning, IOT, sensors, stream reasoning.

The willingness to combine formal scientific work with application-oriented research in projects funded by the European Commission, national agencies or by industry.


Structured PhD (Data Science), full-time & part-time
Masters in Applied Science MAppSc (Data Science), full-time and part-time
Masters in Engineering Science MEngSc (Data Science), full-time and part-time

4 years (full-time structured PhD), 2 years (full-time Masters)
6 years (part-time structured PhD), 3 years (part-time Masters)


Data science, Linked Data, Semantic Web, Internet of Things (IOT), Natural Language Processing (NLP), information mining, knowledge discovery, reasoning and querying, machine learning, blockchain, social software, big data, bioinformatics, knowledge management, graph mining, knowledge graphs, smart enterprise, ontologies, ontology engineering.

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    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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