Software Engineering - Research

Why Graduate Studies and why study at UCD?

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

Our students generally have a strong primary degree in computer science or a cognate discipline, but we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

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. The application process has two steps:
•First, you should contact relevant members of the department to discuss potential topics and projects, starting dates, funding, etc. To identify a prospective supervisor, please browse our academic staff page, or look under staff research interests. Academic staff that have open positions typically advertise them on the school webpage, their personal webpage and/or social media, so it is good to keep track of those opportunities. If you do contact academic members of staff directly, please specify your research interests and attach evidence of your high academic standard (e.g., CV + short cover letter detailing relevant grades, research experience, research outputs, awards, other relevant experience).
•Next, if these initial discussions are successful, you should complete the formal application form. As described in this form, to support your application you must submit a Statement of Research Interests, university transcripts, your IELTS/TOEFL results (if applicable), and reports from two referees.


T129 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

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

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    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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