Computer Science - Research

The aim of the Structured PhD in Computer Science is to provide the student with an opportunity to carry out a significant body of research work with support from the teaching component of the programme. The programme will offer both academic modules to enhance the student's specialist knowledge, and transferable and generic skills modules. These modules will add significantly to the PhD experience by broadening the skill base of the candidate.

The first step to applying is to identify a potential supervisor; this involves deciding on a general research area that you are interested in and then contacting a member of the department's staff that is specialising in that area. More information on research in the department can be found at

Research postgraduates are typically (though not exclusively) funded during their research. Support varies depending on the source, but funding can include payment of fees, a salary and travel expenses. Please note that all funding programmes are highly competitive, and most are contingent on the applicant securing high marks in their primary degree.

Research students can also register to work jointly with the Department of Computer Science and one of the following Maynooth University research institutes: National Centre for Geocomputation, An Foras Feasa, the Hamilton Institute, the Callan Institute, and the Innovation Value Institute. Please see the entries for these institutes for more details of the research topics available.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from students who have achieved high marks in their undergraduate degree. This is typically a first-class honours in Computer Science or a closely-related discipline, although students with a second class honours primary degree can also be considered.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850


MHG02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHG03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHG04 MSc by Research 2 years Full-time
MHG05 MSc by Research 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director Mr John McDonald
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3847
Fax: +353 (0)1 708 3848


The PhD consists of 30 credits minimum / 90 credits maximum in taught modules (15 must be in generic or transferable skills and 15 in subject-specific or advanced specialist advanced modules) with the remaining 270–330 credits being allocated to the research project and thesis.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date - Rolling Closing Date.

Research areas

Research strengths include geocomputation, computer vision, optical processing, dependable software systems, computational cognitive modelling, and software engineering.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!