Computer Applications - Research

The School of Computing is a stimulating environment for research, particularly in the areas of localization, data analytics, software engineering, scientific computing and cloud computing. It currently has over 50 postgraduate research students and a wide range of funded projects at national and international level. The School is heavily involved in three of the five new world-class research centres recently lanuched by Science Foundation Ireland: the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology, the INSIGHT Centre and the LERO Irish Software Research Centre.

Research is funded by national and international agencies including Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Higher Education Authority, Irish Research Council, Teagasc, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Department of Education and Skills, and EU Seventh Framework Programme.

The School enjoys close links with industry, evidenced in its extensive research collaborations with companies such as IBM, Google, Microsoft, Symantec, Intel, Oracle/Sun Microsystems, Xerox, McAfee, Cisco, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs and Ericsson.

Entry requirements

To register for a Postgraduate Research programme, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to Lower Second Class Honours or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic. See

•PhD: Candidates holding an appropriate Master's degree obtained by research may apply for direct entry to the PhD register to conduct research in a cognate area.

•PhD-track: Candidates with a taught Master's degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, and candidates with a primary degree in an appropriate discipline with first- or second-class honours, grade one, may apply and be considered for entry to the PhD-track register with a view to proceeding towards a PhD. Such candidates will undergo a confirmation procedure, as outlined in the Academic Regulations, before being admitted to the PhD register.

•Master's by Research: Candidates holding a primary degree equivalent to a second-class honours, grade two, may apply for entry on the research Master's register. Students on the Master's register may apply for transfer to the PhD Register under the same conditions, and using the same procedure, as PhD-track candidates requesting confirmation on the PhD register.

English Language Requirements


DCC07 PhD - Computer Applications (Full-Time)
DCC08 PhD - Computer Applications (Part-Time)
DCC09 MSc - Computer Applications (Full-Time)
DCC10 MSc - Computer Applications (Part-Time)
DCC11 PhD-track - Computer Applications (Full-Time)
DCC12 PhD-track - Computer Applications (Part-Time)

Research areas

Research Groups

The School of Computing is part of the Information and Technology and Digital Society hub, one of four set up by DCU under its Research and Innovation Strategy.
The five research groups in the School of Computing are broad-based disciplinary teams that reflect the expertise of the faculty and its identified research priorities.

Language and Cognition Group: research and development of applications in the areas of speech and language processing and artificial intelligence.
Dependable Systems Group: research on techniques, tools and processes for developing reliable and secure software.
Sensor Web Technologies Group: research on multi-modal analysis and interaction tools to extract and leverage useful information from multimedia data.
Modelling and Scientific Computing Group: research on computational models and methods in exploring the natural and artificial world through solutions to problems, which, because of their complexity, are intractable by conventional methods.
Cloud Computing Group: research in new trends and concepts for the management of hybrid cloud systems and to provide intelligent solutions for high throughput and computational problems utilising large-scale data in the cloud environment.

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